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Penny's Story

About her story

"I knew I had to take this horrible, bad thing and turn it in to something positive."

In March 2010, Penny was diagnosed with Stage IIB Triple-negative breast cancer.

"There's something about when you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, it's like being elected to a club that you never wanted to be a part of," says Penny. "But, when you're there, you're really glad there's other people with you."

A busy salon owner, Penny realized that her diagnosis and treatment would completely change her lifestyle. But, through breast cancer, she learned that it was her family and support that meant most to her.

Watch Penny's story and learn how a rare form of breast cancer changed her life and helped her realize that all things work out for good in the end.

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  • Bonnie Irwin Profile

    Not a question, just wanted to share that I had my last chemo (taxol) yesterday! Radiation to follow in August.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 15 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      WOW...I know the feeling of accomplishment you feel. At the beginning you think how am I ever going to do this and whats going to happen to me. And then comes the final chemo and you can't belueve it. I'm sure you have a big smile n you shud cuz you were strong. God bless you, jayme

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    • Diane Washington Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Me too last one today radiation in Aug. we serve a great God

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  • Melissa Hicks Profile

    Had IDC ER PR- and HER2 had mastectomy it did NOT go in the lymph nodes and they got clean margins. They said I would need 4 - 6 rounds of chemo - TC (taxotere) and herceptin for a year. Why do I need chemo if they are using herceptin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      We aren't doctors here and that sounds like something you should be asking yours. Everyone's cancer is different therefore a treatment plan is made just for you.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      There are informative videos here on this site you should check out. Being her2 positive USE TO BE a death sentence. Be thankful for the many advancements in the past 15 or so years. Simply put, being her2 positive means that each of your cancer cells duplicate themselves very rapidly. You need a...

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      There are informative videos here on this site you should check out. Being her2 positive USE TO BE a death sentence. Be thankful for the many advancements in the past 15 or so years. Simply put, being her2 positive means that each of your cancer cells duplicate themselves very rapidly. You need a 1 - 2 punch. Chemo and herceptin. Think of the cancer cell as a peanut M&M. The chemo eats the outer candy shell and the herceptin comes along and eats all the peanuts. Lol. It works, go with it. It's what will keep you alive. I'm not sure if you said you were er positive or negative, but that would play a role in your chemo treatment as well. The herceptin is strictly for the her2. I am triple positive, diagnosed in 2012. Living life!!! Prayers to you.

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  • Shawna T Profile

    My Dr added two more chemo sessions on top of the original 4. Should I be worried? This has delayed my surgery and I want this cancer out of me!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I agree with Vicki E. Your oncologist is probably going for overall tumor shrinkage before doing the surgery. The cancer cells are being wiped out in the process.... try not to worry as this extra treatment before you have surgery is GOOD!
      Please contact your oncologist's office to clearify...

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      I agree with Vicki E. Your oncologist is probably going for overall tumor shrinkage before doing the surgery. The cancer cells are being wiped out in the process.... try not to worry as this extra treatment before you have surgery is GOOD!
      Please contact your oncologist's office to clearify this. It sounds like you don't have enough information to put your mind at peace. Take care, and healing hugs, Sharon

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Shawna, I understand your concern. As Sharon mentioned, your Onc is probably trying to shrink the tumor more before surgery. I had chemo before my surgery as well. I had 8 rounds before my surgery. Then when they went in the tumor had not shrunk as much as they'd hope & I had 13 positive lymph...

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      Hi Shawna, I understand your concern. As Sharon mentioned, your Onc is probably trying to shrink the tumor more before surgery. I had chemo before my surgery as well. I had 8 rounds before my surgery. Then when they went in the tumor had not shrunk as much as they'd hope & I had 13 positive lymph nodes with some extranodal involvement. So....I had 8 more chemo treatment with two different drugs than the first time. I know it's difficult. Hang in there. Hugs

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  • K G Profile

    How irregular/regular was your period upon return? I had one 6 months after chemo (one month after being on Tamoxifin), but haven't had one since (I have an IUD). Hope the cycle I had means no menopause, but sure would like another one for reassurance.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My period stopped during chemo. My last treatment was nov 5, 2011 and my period returned on march 17, about 8 months since i had last had it. Although it is shorter- about 3 days long, it has been very regular so far, every 3 weeks, to the day! I have not started tamoxifen yet, doc wanted me...

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      My period stopped during chemo. My last treatment was nov 5, 2011 and my period returned on march 17, about 8 months since i had last had it. Although it is shorter- about 3 days long, it has been very regular so far, every 3 weeks, to the day! I have not started tamoxifen yet, doc wanted me to finish rads first. I will be starting tamoxifen on Monday. Not sure what will happen with my period after that. I am young, just turned 30 in feb, that could make a difference. Best of luck!

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    • Lisa M Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Hi Kellie, I believe we had our treatments about the same time (last one 10/31/11)... i still have not received mine, but do feel the side pains like I used to before the chemo. Just haven't seen any blood. Hoping that it does come back soon so I'm not entering menopause at 41. We'll see what...

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      Hi Kellie, I believe we had our treatments about the same time (last one 10/31/11)... i still have not received mine, but do feel the side pains like I used to before the chemo. Just haven't seen any blood. Hoping that it does come back soon so I'm not entering menopause at 41. We'll see what happens :) Good luck to you!!

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