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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.

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  • Megan Smith Profile

    Before surgery, should I have a PET scan or MRI? My general surgeon says that they are unreliable.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Cheri Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have extremely dense breast tissue so before the surgery I just had in 1-20 they had me get an MRI with dye contrast which confirmed the lumpectomy surgery was needed. For me it was essential because nothing for me was seen on any previous testing method.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      No scan or testing method we have is going to be 100% accurate. For instance, my mammogram & ultrasound missed reading my tumor. Despite the imperfections I can't imagine a physician would treat cancer without doing a PET, CT scan, or MRI first. I would suggest seeing a physician that specializes...

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      No scan or testing method we have is going to be 100% accurate. For instance, my mammogram & ultrasound missed reading my tumor. Despite the imperfections I can't imagine a physician would treat cancer without doing a PET, CT scan, or MRI first. I would suggest seeing a physician that specializes in breast cancer. It might be a good idea to get a second opinion. Your life could depend on it!

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  • Madisyn Poulsen Profile

    I am fourteen and I have what looks like a second nipple on one of my breasts, it's a hard lump. Should I go get it checked out? Is it possible I might have breast cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 6 answers
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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
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      I would absolutely get it checked out, better safe than sorry.

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    • Myles Digby Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It is extremely rare for someone your age to develop breast cancer, but it wouldn't hurt to have your doctor check it out, to give you peace of mind.

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    Found a lump in breast,breast clinic had mammogram then ultrasound core biopsy and fna, lady who did ultra sound and biopsy said it looked serious and said the word cancer, then consultant appointed me a McMillan nurse and he mentioned malignant.

    Asked by anonymous

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    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Welcome to our world. When I felt my lump, it felt bad. The doctor who did my biopsy told me to expect a malignant outcome....which was just the way it turned out. OK so that was the bad news. The good, is I went through treatment almost seven years ago and I am alive, healthy and cancer...

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      Welcome to our world. When I felt my lump, it felt bad. The doctor who did my biopsy told me to expect a malignant outcome....which was just the way it turned out. OK so that was the bad news. The good, is I went through treatment almost seven years ago and I am alive, healthy and cancer free. We can all tell you there is life after breast cancer. Stay with us here, we can share our experiences with you. If this does turn out to be cancer, there is a lot of treatment and as scary as it is, there is a lot worse things out there hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Much like you and Sharon D, right from the start, my lump was believed to be invasive cancer. Your oncologist , or other doctor, will go over biopsy results with you. If you do have bc, a treatment plan will be made for you, based on your individual situation. I know I felt better just having...

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      Much like you and Sharon D, right from the start, my lump was believed to be invasive cancer. Your oncologist , or other doctor, will go over biopsy results with you. If you do have bc, a treatment plan will be made for you, based on your individual situation. I know I felt better just having a plan of action to follow. Try to take someone with you when your doctor goes over the pathology report with you. That will help you remember what questions to ask, and to help remember what was said.

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  • Aida Rivera Profile

    I was just diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday - the doc thinks it's stage 2 ... Do people die from this?? Why is everyone being so positive ?

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    about 8 years 43 answers
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    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      People die from car crashes, cancer, or even a common cold (depending on their health). The reason people are so positive is because YOU are NOT going to die from this. You have to find the fight inside you & use the love & support around you to kick some cancer ass. Without a positive attitude,...

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      People die from car crashes, cancer, or even a common cold (depending on their health). The reason people are so positive is because YOU are NOT going to die from this. You have to find the fight inside you & use the love & support around you to kick some cancer ass. Without a positive attitude, the ass kicking is not as easy. Cancer & chemo may take your hair, possibly your toenails, & likely your breasts...but it doesn't have to take your life. You've got cancer...it doesn't have you.

      It's scary, I realize. And you have every right to go through phases of sadness or anger or whatever else you feel. But in the end, it comes down to a battle. And cancer is a tricky little bugger, but this is a battle you will win! If ever you need support or just want to vent, know that people like me are here for you, too. Sending love your way!

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    • Eleanor Johnson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was told in 2003 that I had stage 3 Breast Cancer. Ten years later by the grace of God, i'm still here and doing great.

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