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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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  • Cortney Young Profile

    tumor grades2&3 My her2 test came back pos 3+, pos for est receps 89%, and pos proest 78%,& Ki-67 40%, & my pathology report stated that its matastic I have Invasive&DCIS Cancer Stage? positive for nurerous lymphocytes.Scared

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Courtney,
      Well that's quite the pathology report!!! I wouldn't be shy about asking for an appointment with your surgeon, oncologist,or patient advocat to get a translation. Not understanding a complicated pathology report (and they are ALL tough to wade through)
      brings on more fear. We are...

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      Courtney,
      Well that's quite the pathology report!!! I wouldn't be shy about asking for an appointment with your surgeon, oncologist,or patient advocat to get a translation. Not understanding a complicated pathology report (and they are ALL tough to wade through)
      brings on more fear. We are not pathologists, we are patients and we need information sbout what this all means. When I got the pathologist report, my dear, sweet, surgeon with the hands of an artist and the wings of an angel, (I really loved her) I didn't leave until I understood it all. You need the same kind of time and understanding with your report. I truly think more women's fear could be calmed with just a bit of time and understanding. Taking away the terror and fear and replacing it with HOPE should be a huge part of a treatment plan. Just my two cents, always freely given. I was lucky enough to have a friend who used to run a breast treatment center. Her gift to me was the translation, and a boatload of hope. It took me from the darkness of terror, into the light of hope and positive thoughts and feelings. Hang in there darlin' you ask for what you need from your care team. Take care, Sharon

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    • Karen G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have the same diagnosis. I am not Her 2 positive though. I have 4 more Taxol treatments left out of 16 and then I will need more surgery as they didn't get clear margins followed by radiation therapy. My biopsy showed that I was a stage 1 and it didn't get to my lymph nodes but after my...

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      I have the same diagnosis. I am not Her 2 positive though. I have 4 more Taxol treatments left out of 16 and then I will need more surgery as they didn't get clear margins followed by radiation therapy. My biopsy showed that I was a stage 1 and it didn't get to my lymph nodes but after my lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy I was upped to a Stage 2a. I had 2 positive nodes out of 19. Although Chemo isn't easy it is doable and hopefully won't be as bad as you think it is. Be strong and keep positive thoughts.

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  • Monique  cameron Profile

    How much time will I need off work following a mastectomy and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • frances pensato Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a mastectomy and chemo and radiation. For the mastectomy I needed 2 months to recover. You need time for it to heal but doing your stretches is very important. I am 9 months post surgery and still do my stretches. I am a flight attendant and am still off of work. if everything goes well I...

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      I had a mastectomy and chemo and radiation. For the mastectomy I needed 2 months to recover. You need time for it to heal but doing your stretches is very important. I am 9 months post surgery and still do my stretches. I am a flight attendant and am still off of work. if everything goes well I shall be back at work on Oct. 1 . You have to listen to your body. The radiation is easy , but the more sessions you have the more tired you get. each person is different an

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    • frances pensato Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry about that. Each person is different and it depends on what type of work you do. You will get through this and you will become stronger. I wish you all the best and am thinking of you.

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  • Aleeza Chaudhry Profile

    My mother started Taxol this past Monday. A/C was VERY hard on her but we were hopeful that Taxol was going to be easier. However, her body aches are beyond painful and painkillers dont work. Isn't Taxol supposed to be easier than A/C?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Not always I'm with your mom. Taxol was worse for me and by five or so days into it and off the pre meds it was determined I was allergic to it they shifted me into taxotare and extended mths pre medication. Bes to her and the team decision.

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    • michelle j Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      The first couple of cycles of Taxol were very painful for me, also. My oncologist said it was because of the combination of the Taxol and the remaining A/C in my system. A couple of weeks in, all of the pain went away and I felt much better.

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    What is the meaning of suspected right hilar lymph nodes? Does that indicate metastasis?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      They are identifying a lymph node (the right hilar lymph node) that looks suspicious. You NEED to call the radiologist, surgeon, or oncologist to explain what this means and show you on your diagnostic tests. This is all very scary because you don't have all the information you need. I don't...

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      They are identifying a lymph node (the right hilar lymph node) that looks suspicious. You NEED to call the radiologist, surgeon, or oncologist to explain what this means and show you on your diagnostic tests. This is all very scary because you don't have all the information you need. I don't know where this lymph node is located. I will tell you, I had a lymph node in my chest that also looked suspicious but it turned out to be just my lymph node. It was JUST large but not cancerous.

      Please contact your doctor ASAP so you can get the entire story and what this means. Take care, Sharon

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    • sally fakih Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thats exactly what is written in my report '' there are mildly prominent retrocaval , precarinal , retrosternal and suspected right hilar lymph nodes shwing homogeneous hypodensity .. No matted or amalgamated nodes are demonstrated

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