Topic: 1 year cancer-versary

Forum: Acknowledging and honoring our Community — Share accomplishments, milestones, goals of community members, family members or yourself.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 01:04PM - edited Sep 30, 2012 02:42PM by claireinaz

Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 01:04PM - edited Sep 30, 2012 02:42PM by claireinaz

claireinaz wrote:

It was one year ago yesterday I got the awful news of my dx: stage II grade 1 6/11 lymph nodes positive ILC, 2 c. But I survived 1 lumpectomy, countless tests and scans, 16 chemo infusions, 33 radiation tx, and am having no problems with the 20 mg. tamoxifen I take daily.  Still looking at a BMX and recon in less than a year, since ILC tends to be multi-focal and I have dense breasts that hid my tumor in spite of 5 clear regular mammograms.  

Right now I'm considered NED.   I'm grateful for so many of you who have supported, advised, and inspired me.  I could not have felt this good mentally, emotionally and physically if it weren't for these discussion boards and I mean that with all my heart.  It's difficult to express in mere words the level of support I've received here. I get teary just thinking of it now.

Yesterday to celebrate my life I hiked 10 miles RT to 12,633 feet elevation, the highest point in Arizona.  I'm in the best shape of my life and I think I'm perhaps happier than I've ever been as well.

Love to you all and thank you, BC sisters. 

9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
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Sep 30, 2012 01:29PM moderators wrote:

You are an inspiration! What a wonderful way to celebrate your life!

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Sep 30, 2012 01:57PM Omaz wrote:

Way to go Claire!!  Congrats on the long hike too.
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Sep 30, 2012 09:12PM Shayne wrote:

Congrats?!!  Funny - I just posted a similar post regarding my 6month cancer-versary!  In Moving beyond Cancer.  

Ive also been working out, eating healthier....all those changes I made for the good.  Wondering where in AZ you hiked!  That's amazing!

And INSPIRING!! 

I am not a doctor, scientist or expert. My comments are based on my own experience with my own individual diagnosis. Do your own research, get a second opinion, choose the best professionals/specialists and be your own health care advocate!
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Sep 30, 2012 09:23PM KarenZ0305 wrote:

Amazing and beautiful!

I'm curious what would I consider my anniversary? The day of diagnosis or the day my BS told me chemo worked and there was no cancer left?

Karen

Dx 3/8/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 5/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/27/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 6/8/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 9/13/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 10/23/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 30, 2012 09:29PM misswim wrote:

Claire: Congrats!!! Though I have my ups and downs, I too am in the best shape I have ever been in and so grateful for it!

You truly are inspiring and should be so VERY proud of yourself.

From one yogi to another: Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (Peace) for the rest of your days.....and may they be many :)

Dx 4/15/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/9/2011 AC + T (Taxol)
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Oct 2, 2012 10:33AM claireinaz wrote:

Shayne, I hiked the Mt just beyond my front door:  The San Francisco Peaks, the highest point in Arizona.  We are at 7,000 feet in town; the hike starts at 9600 feet.

Karen, gosh...not sure what day you would pick. For me--my dx date/anniversary WAS my lumpectomy surgery date, and I had no visible involvement beyond what they took out with clear margins on that day.  I didn't know it was cancer till I had my lumpectomy.

I know I've posted it before, but every time I push my body beyond its limits--when I push it to do something challenging--it is my way to say "screw you, cancer".  And all that physical energy really releases a lot of fear and some anger that I still experience from time to time, too.

Thank you all for the good wishes!

 C 

9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
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Oct 4, 2012 02:31PM cathy1968 wrote:

Congratulations on your one-year post dx!  Mine is today, actually, so I wanted to say I feel/agree with most of what you've said about the wonderfull support of this board. 

t's been an interesting year, can't wait to keep moving beyond and enjoy all that I've been blessed with...best wishes to all for same...

Dx 10/4/2011, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes
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Oct 4, 2012 03:02PM moderators wrote:

You are ALL an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your stories!!!

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Sep 8, 2017 12:37PM moderators wrote:

This is an old topic, but one we thought we should revive, especially since claireinaz who started the topic is now approaching her 5yr cancer-versary! Woo hoo!

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