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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

Related Questions

  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    is it ok to refuse chemo or herceptin after surgery and ask for oral medication instead...

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Alglen,
      If you are asking is it ok to refuse the advise to have chemotherapy.... it is a personal decision. A patient can do whatever they choose. If you as saying a patient does not want to take the advise of their caregivers about chemo and --thinks-- taking an oral medication will be as...

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      Alglen,
      If you are asking is it ok to refuse the advise to have chemotherapy.... it is a personal decision. A patient can do whatever they choose. If you as saying a patient does not want to take the advise of their caregivers about chemo and --thinks-- taking an oral medication will be as effective as chemotherapy, they are dead wrong. Breast cancer is a very tough opponent and it has to be dealth with while your mom has the chance. This is her golden opportunity to throw everything there is at her cancer. There is no easy way out if she fights this. Chemo isn't fun but the side effects can be managed. My best friend chose not to have chemotherapy and she is dead. Surgery can only remove the primary tumor and lymph nodes. It is the cancer cells that may be circulating around her body the chemotherapy targets. Your mom shouldn't let breast cancer win by her being scared to DEATH by the treatment. I am extremely harsh sounding because I detest having breast cancer win and take one of my sisters. There isn't an easy way around a battle with breast cancer. Tell you mom, she has to fight like a real warrior. She really has more strength within her than she thinks. God's blessings, take care, Sharon

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm on herceptin and as far as I know there is no oral medication counterpart. Tamoxifen is given to women who have ER tumors. herceptin is given to women who have HER2 tumors. Chemo is your best bet against an aggressive form of breast cancer such as HER2 .

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  • kawaii black Profile

    When I was 16 I had a lump removed that my doctor said was a mass of tissue, but not cancer. Two years later, my right breast feels like a complete solid mass, no soft spots. Is this abnormal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree with Marianne. Anything different in your breasts should always be checked out thoroughly. It could be nothing to worry about, but out the same time...it might be something. It's so much better to be safe than sorry. Hugs Kawaii!

      1 comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I would look into it. I would start with my gyno. Good luck. Use this site there is nothing but support and hugs here. We have all been there.

      Comment
  • Lorie Maddox Profile

    11 days since stereotactic breast biopsy (Dx DCIS) I'm experiencing pain, numbness and hypersensitivity (all at the same time-awesome) in the biopsied breast. Is this common?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 4 answers
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    • joan jones Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Agree - call the doctor to be sure ...
      But I experienced swelling and annoying discomfort post biopsy .
      And all was "normal " per the doctor - but I did report my concerns .
      Best wishes and keep us posted

      1 comment
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I say yes, it is common, but you should call the dr or speak with the nurse and tell them how you are feeling. I'm sure they will just say to ice the area and take some Tylenol. Prayers to you.

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  • Unlucky Youth Profile

    Yellow spots on my nipples? Should I be worried?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Your nipples have little pin points pores when you are pregnant and breast feeding the milk comes out from all these pores. If you are not pregnant these pores are not as pronounced and you should not have any drainage from them. If you do have drainage you need to see a doctor ASAP . I read...

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      Your nipples have little pin points pores when you are pregnant and breast feeding the milk comes out from all these pores. If you are not pregnant these pores are not as pronounced and you should not have any drainage from them. If you do have drainage you need to see a doctor ASAP . I read your other questions and response being 16 with ovarian cyst and on birth control pills you must have a gynecologist that is following you. Please make an appt to have all your concerns evaluated. Do not wait. The sooner you are examined the sooner your concerns can be addressed if you need treatment it can be started and better yet a reassurance that you are in good health will give you peace of mind and a better understanding of your body. Your doctor would be the best person to answer all your questions after examining you.

      Comment
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      See a doctor anytime you are concerned about anything that doesn't seem normal

      Comment

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