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Stage III Cancer Survivors .... 10+ Years and Out

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  • xisanin
    xisanin Member Posts: 2
    edited August 2014
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    hi. I'm new to this site. This is very encouraging. 

    Im foreign and my mum doesn't speak English so I made this account for her.

    I hope to hear more positive stories to help her out because cancer has really made her sad and disencouraged.

    Thank you all and happy to see there are a lot of 10y+ survivors (:

  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 7,907
    edited August 2014
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    Hello xisanin, and welcome to breastcancer.org. We're sorry you have to be here, but so glad you've found us. Here you will find a community of encouragement and support, and amazing women who have shared similar experiences.

    You will also find that we also have a forum for Caregivers and a forum devoted to Relationships, Emotional Crises, Anxiety and Depression. You may find these forums useful as well.

    We're keeping you and your mum in our thoughts. 

    Warmest regards,

    The Mods

  • texgirl
    texgirl Member Posts: 17
    edited August 2014
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    I will be a 10 year survivor in Feb. of 2015. As I write that ,I am almost in disbelief ! Never in a million years would I have imagined myself this far "on the OTHER side " !  Yes, ladies, it is possible and I vote for keeping this topic as more and more of us will be breaking the barrier of long term survival !

    I had a tumor approximately 7.5 cm and 22/22 positive nodes. So,if I can offer anything it is this : always remember "your best chance to get it right is the first time" . Find a specialist ( surgeon/oncologist)who deals with BC on a daily basis. Listen , discuss and plan with them your treatment.....and hit that cancer with everything in their arsenal....that they feel will benefit your situation. Pray . ( that should be in the #1 spot ) . Come to this community of women who can support you.. each and every day and night through your journey.  

    Remember,you are stronger than you will ever know. ....I pray that each of you will stand where I am today and feel that no, your life is not over but just beginning.

  • meow13
    meow13 Member Posts: 1,363
    edited August 2014
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    Minh wants you to know she is 19 years cancer free from stage 3c grade 3 many nodes involved. Seeing her girls graduate from college, still working full time.

  • homemom
    homemom Member Posts: 830
    edited August 2014
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    Meow, these are the posts I need to read. You can wander around on these boards and get depressed by some of the topics and the posts within. I need to stick to my favs!

  • pip57
    pip57 Member Posts: 7,080
    edited August 2014
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    very uplifting!  Thanks.  

  • hopefour
    hopefour Member Posts: 104
    edited August 2014
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    Texgirl...thank you, thank you, thank you for coming back and challenging us to live strong!! I can remember thinking through some of the darkest times of treatment..I can't believe I am living this. You're right you will find you are stronger than you think!!

    Congrats on almost 10 years!! And I agree this is a very important topic....Stage III 10+ years out!!!

  • maryland
    maryland Member Posts: 1,047
    edited August 2014
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    I'm so happy to read these posts from the 10 years and out ladies. I was dx in Feb and just found out I'm now stage 3C with 10/11 nodes still with active cells after 6 rounds of C/T. Been feeling really down, waiting to get to the assorted doctors to find out what's next. Anyway, I've been going back and reading these stories and it gave me just what I need right now, hope. Thanks ladies.

  • Lori1967
    Lori1967 Member Posts: 9
    edited August 2014
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    Hello.

    I was diagnosed in June......I will be joining this board in 10 years.....

    Glad to hear there's hope...

    Lori

  • ann273
    ann273 Member Posts: 122
    edited August 2014
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    Thank you TexGirl and Meow for the gift of hope! This just made my day :)

  • weesa
    weesa Member Posts: 78
    edited November 2014
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    I'm closing in on 12 years the day after tomorrow. When I was diagnosed my onc was horrified by the large tumor--8 cm--the layer of lobular lcis underneath it, the size of my 5 positive nodes that were encircled with tumors.  My Ki-67 was 70%.

     

    HaHa! I fooled him!

  • jenni__ca
    jenni__ca Member Posts: 77
    edited November 2014
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    whhhhoooooooooohooooooooooooo weesa !!! congrats !!!

  • kar123
    kar123 Member Posts: 72
    edited November 2014
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    So happy for you Weesa! I love seeing your name pop up in here!!! Here's to many more fun years ahead!!!


  • yatcomw
    yatcomw Member Posts: 57
    edited November 2014
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    Wow....just fantastic.....congrats and many many many more....
  • peacestrength
    peacestrength Member Posts: 236
    edited November 2014
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    Awesome, Weesa! Please keep coming back to spread encouragement

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Member Posts: 30
    edited December 2014
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    Congratulations Weesa!  I love reading your posts here.  You are the reason I finally quit lurking.  :)

     I just hit my ten year mark last month.  I posted in the "five years out thread" but I'm glad to find this thread as well.

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Member Posts: 30
    edited December 2014
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    Congratulations Weesa!  I love reading your posts.  You are the reason I finally quit lurking.  :)

    I hit my ten year mark last month.  I posted in the "five year out" thread and am glad to find this thread as well.

  • weesa
    weesa Member Posts: 78
    edited December 2014
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    Jillian, so delighted you have stopped just lurking. We need you here--you had a scary diagnosis--and the newly diagnosed behind us here will take heart in your survival, more than you will ever know. Please share more of your story sometime! Weesa

  • Holeinone
    Holeinone Member Posts: 1,418
    edited December 2014
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    Weesa & Jillian, Congrats to you both & THANK- YOU ! It means so much to know that you have weathered the horrific dx & are here to encourage us.


  • sugarplum
    sugarplum Member Posts: 70
    edited December 2014
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    Welcome Jillian - I lurked here for a few years too.

    Yay Weesa! Your earthy & hilarious posts are always such a treat for me to read.

    Long may we rock...

    Julie

  • kar123
    kar123 Member Posts: 72
    edited December 2014
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    Jillian, ditto what Weesa said! So glad you both come back and give us hope and encouragement!

    Smile


  • lkc
    lkc Member Posts: 180
    edited December 2014
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    Weesa , you rock!Happy

  • sbelizabeth
    sbelizabeth Member Posts: 955
    edited December 2014
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    Weesa...you make me laugh so hard my coffee squirts out my nose.  And now, when my thoughts wander into the "dark side," I will think of you.  Thanks.

  • homemom
    homemom Member Posts: 830
    edited December 2014
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    Weesa - did you make and lifestyle changes and or have you followed the "suggestions" for keep a recurrance at bay? Like avoiding alcholol and keeping your weight maintaned?

  • Momine
    Momine Member Posts: 2,845
    edited December 2014
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    Homemom, Weesa will hopefully post, but as far as I remember, her recovery involves margaritas ;)

  • homemom
    homemom Member Posts: 830
    edited December 2014
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    HappyThumbsUp

  • weesa
    weesa Member Posts: 78
    edited December 2014
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    Yes, you are right Momine, my recovery and subsequent remission owe a lot to my recipe for Margaritas: You dump one large can of frozen limeade in a large pitcher, add one Corona beer, some 7-Up and then fill the empty limeade can with tequila, possibly several times. Mix well and stir in some organic ice cubes. This recipe comprises most of the major food groups: First of all, it is absolutely vegetarian. The limeade has a good deal of Vitamin C, the beer is full of hops and other healthy grains, and the tequila is derived from the sturdy Cactus plant.( Admittedly the 7-Up doesn't have much going for it except that, you remember when you were sick with the stomach flu or the measles, your mother brought you 7-Up and you felt much better? I rest my case about the 7-Up.)The finished drink itself fills your body's need for that "Curiously Green Group" which has its own RDA.  I make this drink in the largest pitcher I own, the same one I use to water my geraniums in the summer, multiply it by seven, and serve it to my girlfriends every November 22 as we toast my continuing success.

     

    Other than imbibing the above health libation, I am not a good example of survivorhood. I do exercise every day and recently have been on a bit of a diet and lost 20 pounds. However, I have only been doing this since March of 2014.Previous to that I winged it with lots of chocolate and red wine. Am also an advocate for a big honkin' dose of melatonin every night so the bed stops flying around.

    Love to all my stage III girl friends, Weesa

  • Michele2013
    Michele2013 Member Posts: 232
    edited December 2014
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    I think I found my new drink....thanks Weesa!!!!Happy

  • Momine
    Momine Member Posts: 2,845
    edited December 2014
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    Weesa, the "organic ice cubes" are a nice touch.

  • lkc
    lkc Member Posts: 180
    edited December 2014
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    I Love the image of the big pticher and the flying bed. LOL!

    We are kindred spirits!

    Love you Weesa!!!