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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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    Having lymphvascular invasion is it something i should scare of ???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I found a very nice discussion on another website about this topic. Several women who had this diagnosis, were talking among themselves. They didn't make this sound earth-shattering. It seemed the women were under 40 and were node negative (no cancer found in lymph nodes) but there was cancer...

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      I found a very nice discussion on another website about this topic. Several women who had this diagnosis, were talking among themselves. They didn't make this sound earth-shattering. It seemed the women were under 40 and were node negative (no cancer found in lymph nodes) but there was cancer found in blood vessels to the nodes. Here is the link. I think you will find it very informative and not scary. Hang in there, gal!
      Sharon

      http://community.breastcancer.org/forum/96/topic/753851

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    I had a mastectomy two weeks ago. I had my drain removed over a week ago. Today, I had to have fluid drained, because I was uncomfortable. Is there anything I could do to help make sure that the fluid does not build up again?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My PS told me to double my protein to about 70mg a day .

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My Dr said stand in shower & let hot water hit the area & massage with finger tips to break up fluid. It worked for me

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  • toni chillious Profile

    I am also going to have a double mastectomy, my question is how long do they tell you not to move your arms , how high, can I type on my computer/, how do you get dress

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Penny Walton Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Toni, I just had surgery, as Andre said, you need button front tops. Plus the mastectomy camisole ( google them) are a major help. I am wearing one that Velcro's down the front and has multiple interior pockets for drain bulbs. The front opening makes it easier to empty drains & check them. I...

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      Toni, I just had surgery, as Andre said, you need button front tops. Plus the mastectomy camisole ( google them) are a major help. I am wearing one that Velcro's down the front and has multiple interior pockets for drain bulbs. The front opening makes it easier to empty drains & check them. I also purchased pjs that are 3 piece, long pants, cami ( can't wear now) and button front cardigan. So glad I did, works well. I am using my ipad, with a lap desk, haven't tried PC. Listen to your surgeon, lots of variables. I have to keep movement so I have some easy gentle movements to do every few hours. No lifting, but gentle movement, not really stretching. My doc says in 2 weeks I should be able to do PC work. Lots to learn & do, but keep asking, the ladies here, especially Andre have been my God sent angles. God bless, Penny

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Your surgeon will give you directions on how to care for yourself. I used my i phone a lot for facebook, e-mail, here, etc. I couldn't work for a long time, doing computers, untill I got the drains
      out. It is major surgery it will take time. God Bless your journey

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  • Susan Green Profile

    My oncologist said that cancer could have spread even though I had a mastectomy with negative lymph nodes. Has anyone had this happen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think it all depends on the pathology of the breast cancer. There are so many other findings once a detailed report comes back one needs more information. Did you doctor say this in a context of recommending further treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation? There is probably always a...

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      I think it all depends on the pathology of the breast cancer. There are so many other findings once a detailed report comes back one needs more information. Did you doctor say this in a context of recommending further treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation? There is probably always a possibility of a cancer spreading but you / we need more information. If you are unsure about additional treatment, I would advise you to get a second opinion. Susan, good luck to you. There are a ba-zillion of us alive and well post breast cancer!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Well, dang I wrote a whole long bla-bla and somehow it vanished. The testing your doctor is waiting for is probably an "Oncotest DX" This test looks at the actual tumor cells and pathologists are able to grade them as to their probability of recurrance. If they are a higher grade on the scale,...

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      Well, dang I wrote a whole long bla-bla and somehow it vanished. The testing your doctor is waiting for is probably an "Oncotest DX" This test looks at the actual tumor cells and pathologists are able to grade them as to their probability of recurrance. If they are a higher grade on the scale, they will recommend further treatment. This way, if they are a low grade for recurrance, you won't be receiving unnecesary treatment. My brother-in-law had breast cancer and the onco DX and his cells were so low grade he didn't have to have any further treatment after his mastectomy. I did not have an onco test 4 years ago because I had one positive lymph node. (BUT...) My oncologist had just returned from a breast cancer symposium and there had been a completion of a study which benefited me. I only had to have 4 rounds of chemo because of the study because the study showed any more chemo would NOT benefit my type of breast cancer.....YAHOOOO! . Every single day, little advancements are made in diagnostics and treatments. The way it is going, treatments are becoming less drastic than they were in the past. This test you are waiting for does take longer than the other pathology for your tumor. This will be the final one in the line of all the diagnostics. You will move along to the next step. Susan, don't worry.... you will be ok. There are a ton of positive stories out here. Women are living long lives. I hope you keep in contact. We are a great big supportive group out here. We want to help other sisters who are going through this all too common battle. Again, please stay in touch. All the best to you, we all know what you are going through. Big healing hugs, Sharon

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