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Jan's Story

About her story

"I am one woman among hundreds of thousands of women who are learning to be courageous, and to overcome, and to live in the face of cancer."

Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2009 after undergoing a routine bone scan for an unrelated injury. A wife and mother, Jan described her initial diagnosis as a complete shock.

"I remember just the sensation of having the wind sucked out of my lungs, a sucker punch, or something that stops you mid-stride," says Jan about her diagnosis. "And then as you begin to breathe again, there's this one million questions that circle your mind. "

Realizing that her family needed her and that she had some things she still wanted to accomplish, Jan decided to fight. Her touching story of survival and hope is an inspiration to anyone facing the difficult journey of breast cancer.

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  • Kathy Loeb Profile

    Can I get a flu shot in the arm after double mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Kathy, The only thing I know about is that it is not recommended to have IV, blood draw, or blood pressure on the arm lymph nodes were taken.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you asked your doctor about it? Nothing was said when I had my flu shot, I just told them to use my right arm (mastectomy and lymph nodes removed on left).

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    With everyone talking about gaining weight on the steroids, are the majority of people taking them long term, or just 12 hours before and then 6 hours before the chemo infusion?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi, I think ppl are concerned because there are many articles linking being overweight to cancer. However I've had 4 rounds of A/C and 7 rounds of Taxol and haven't gained. I've been given a steroid before each treatment. Usually there is a half an hour between the steroid and the chemo. I also...

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      Hi, I think ppl are concerned because there are many articles linking being overweight to cancer. However I've had 4 rounds of A/C and 7 rounds of Taxol and haven't gained. I've been given a steroid before each treatment. Usually there is a half an hour between the steroid and the chemo. I also had to take a 6 day course of predisone because I had a light reaction to the Taxol. I'm overweight but have lost 20 lbs since the end of Dec when my treatment began. Actually I would never consider dieting while on chemo. Even the doctors are against it. I was in the mind set to help my body get through all of the procedures so I really thought about fueling my body not just eating. Drinking 3 liters of water helped a lot. I hope I helped. It's a fight and we need strong weapons. I thank this site and the women who take their precious time to help and support all of us who are on the bc journey. With best wishes for all, jayme

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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a 27 minute drip of steroid about 30 minutes prior to my infusion.

      Comment
  • Rosanna Wieder Profile

    My breast and nipple itch like crazy. Anyone know what I can do to stop it? Am 10 days post lumpectomy and node removal. Is it ok to put anything on them?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Whatever you use make sure the doc agrees and there are no open incisions.

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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My doctor gave me avenoo baby lotion samples . It helped a ton even with the scars

      Comment
  • Janelle Strunk Profile

    How often should I perform a Breast Self-Exam?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 8 years 8 answers
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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Once a month, that is how I noticed a lump which turned out to be cancer

      2 comments
    • Jo Ann Timberlake Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      A Breast Self-Exam is recommended monthly. At first you won't think you know what you are feeling for, but once you become familiar with the lumps & bumps naturally in your breast that are unique to you, then you will be in a position to notice a change.

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