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Topic: Tell us What you are Grateful For

Forum: Acknowledging and honoring our Community — Share accomplishments, milestones, goals of community members, family members or yourself. Just finished treatment? Just got married? Watched your child graduate? Ran a big run? Been a huge help to members in our community? Let's honor our members here!

Posted on: Nov 4, 2014 01:37PM - edited Oct 17, 2018 02:57PM by Moderators

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Dear members, Would you be willing to let us know something that you are grateful as we enter November and the season of Thanksgiving. We are looking to publish your thoughts in our Newsletter. You can PM the Mods with your ideas. We are grateful for all of you who give so much to this community every day. We are looking forward to hearing from you. The Mods

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Nov 5, 2014 11:00PM Moderators wrote:

Bumping this for members who may have missed it! Let us know what you're grateful for, we'd love to include you in our newsletter! You can post here if you'd like, or PM us privately.

Thank you all!

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Nov 6, 2014 07:50AM mjjones453 wrote:

I am first of all thankful for my faith, that has carried me through my diagnosis, recovery and survivorship of stage one Cancer. I am thankful for my husband who has been a huge encouragement and support to me. Lastly for my oncologist. He has been patient, very caring, and so encouraging even with a scare of possible ovarian cancer.

Dx 2/4/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 3/21/2010 Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/5/2010 Hormonal Therapy 3/4/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 6, 2014 07:53AM Moderators wrote:

thanks, mjjones453!

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Nov 6, 2014 11:32AM april485 wrote:

I am grateful for the BCO community! I never knew a lot about breast cancer before coming here and now I know so much more than I ever wanted to know..lol. This community is amazing and helps so many recently diagnosed women and men navigate the frightening world of BC and the treatments we must endure. So very thankful that I stumbled here after googling "microcalcifications" (which I had NEVER heard of) and now I at least know what is what a little bit more. Thank you for being here! ThumbsUp

"Fear has been a huge dictator in my life - so I am trying to stage a coup!" ~ a friend Dx 1/30/2013, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/20/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 3/10/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/21/2013 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 6, 2014 11:44AM wrenn wrote:

I am grateful for Inspire Health in Vancouver. I have never come across a group of such consistently kind, compassionate, funny and healing people in one place.

i am also grateful for my daughter and her sweetness

I am grateful for the women on BCO who, in spite of (or because of) their own fears about this frightening disease, take the time to ease the fears od others.

Happy Thanksgiving

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Nov 6, 2014 12:03PM farmerlucy wrote:

I am so very grateful for modern medicine and the "heads up" prognostication skills of the fine doctors at Mercy in OKC. 

I am grateful for the people (mainly women) who came alongside me, with no judgement and no solutions, in my darkest hour, and were "just" there.

I am grateful for whatever time I have in this life and the ability to spend it with those I love. 

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/21/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/22/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/14/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Nov 6, 2014 12:10PM lisa137 wrote:

I am grateful for this site and for the ladies in the November 2013 chemo group here who helped me get through it, and some of whom have become, no doubt, lifelong friends.

I am grateful for my husband who was with me 100% every step of the way, and though I wish I'd never had cancer, I'm grateful that some good did come of it: I now know how much he loves me, and HE now knows that he's an excellent man in a crisis. He is Superman.

I am grateful for my family and friends that were so supportive and loving to me, and most of whom were smart enough to not expect me to have a constantly positive attitude, lol. They let me be The Me that I was through treatment, and loved me, regardless.

I am grateful that I had/have doctors that I have absolute faith in and who take the time to listen to my concerns and answer my questions and take my preferences seriously and sometimes just sit and chat with my husband and me. One doctor in particular, my MO, has moved mountains for me where insurance is concerned.

I am grateful for all the nurses, techs, etc., 99% of whom have been knowledgeable, likable, and who never once treated me like I was "just another patient," but rather made me feel like me and my health was their main focus when they were with me.

I am grateful for all that modern medicine has had to offer me. 

I am grateful for the best of all treatment side effects: I'm alive.

I am grateful that my husband took out an Afflac cancer policy for me just MONTHS before my diagnosis. 

I am grateful that I have enough hair now that it looks like I simply WANTED a short and curly hair-do. :P

And last but far from least, I am grateful for my two dogs and my cat who kept me company during the days when my husband was at work and I was going through surgery recovery, chemo, radiation, and then surgery recovery again. They rarely left my side, and I love them dearly.

I'm a drive-by poster, so if you want to respond to me, or ask a question, send me a PM! Dx 9/26/2013, ILC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 11/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/7/2014 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 6, 2014 12:18PM FireKracker wrote:

I am sooo grateful a friend told me to come here when I was hysterical that my first BS made a mistake on my path report.

Since 2010 I have met the most wonderful sistas in the world

They became my rock

I'm also grateful to U the mods.

Where would I be now without BCO?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL

Focktober!!!!Pink stinks!!!!
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Nov 6, 2014 12:55PM Moderators wrote:

This is lovely! 

Thank you all. Feel free to keep them coming!

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Nov 6, 2014 03:55PM FireKracker wrote:

bump

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Nov 6, 2014 04:10PM proudtospin wrote:

yes, thanks to all the folks who have helped to educate me and to keep me positive

I am grateful to live in an area with lots of great docs who I can turn to for help.

grateful that I was able to retire at 65, maybe not a rich retirement with travel and such but a retirement away from stress and worry
Oh yes, grateful for my wonderful caring neighbors who drive me to appointments when asked and check up on me if I do not appear at my door when they think I should! 

iris Dx 6/2008, DCIS, Stage 0, ER+ Dx 2/2017, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+, HER2+
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Nov 7, 2014 10:25AM mrenee68 wrote:

First and for most I am extremely grateful for my husband, without him with me every step of the way I'm not sure I would have made it. Next I am grateful for my daughter stepping up and taking care of my daycare, without her I would have had to close and that would have put us in financial ruin. Also, I am grateful for my other 2 children who helped out around the house and were just there if I needed something. Also my dog Bristol who kept me company while I recovered from my surgeries and gave me a reason to get up and get moving. Lastly, my PS who gave me a finished look that I can deal with and making me feel comfortable in a very uncomfortable situation and BCO for giving me a place to come and learn, vent, and get advise with no judgement.

"Embrace the suck!" Surgery 7/23/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/27/2012, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 10/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/23/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 5/8/2013 Reconstruction (left)
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Nov 7, 2014 05:47PM Moderators wrote:

Bumping!

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Nov 7, 2014 08:41PM Moderators wrote:

Bumping for the night owls!

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Nov 8, 2014 12:34PM bestock wrote:

I am grateful to know in this community we are never alone in our side effects and treatment, someone understands. I am so Grateful for the support of My Lord Jesus who sustains me.

I am grateful for a loving, supportive, wise and discerning husband. He always knows what to ask my dr. when I forget. He helps me to laugh.... I have a great supportive group of faithful friends---two of whom are in this same battle as I am (stage 4) More later ....I am Blessed by so many people.

Dx 2/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, mets, ER+, HER2- Dx 2/10/2008, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2013 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy 8/15/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 10, 2014 09:03AM claireinaz wrote:

I am grateful for being able to wake up every morning, see the sun, or the clouds, or simply the light of day-- and so far, being seen by all medical personnel as "unremarkable".

ThumbsUpClaire in AZ

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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Nov 10, 2014 08:59PM Moderators wrote:

Bumping! Keep them coming, you're all a testament to what makes this community so amazing!

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Nov 10, 2014 09:09PM Calico59 wrote:

I'm grateful that I look normal once again - at least with clothes on. Still think I look like a freak naked, but I'm grateful to be alive. I'm grateful that surgery was all it took to get all the cancer - yea for clean margins! Grateful that saying no to chemo or radiation turned out to be a good thing for me. I'm grateful for the technology that made reconstruction possible.

Kate - age 55 @ dx. Dx 3/10/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/3/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/14/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Nov 11, 2014 06:00AM Moderators wrote:

Thanks for sharing what your are grateful for Calico!

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Nov 11, 2014 01:04PM snowyday2 wrote:

It's remembrance day and I am grateful that I am still alive and able to pray for my Uncle Chuck WWII, and all of the other soldiers that have passed over and the ones that are still alive. I am grateful for my three grandchildren, and my boys and daughter in law. I am grateful for life, and with the help of my Daughter in law, Robyn. She helped me to really start living again I am so lucky. I am grateful for vaccuums that work, a home that is warm, a car that runs. I am greateful for a glass of clean water, a warm soapy shower, and I am grateful for Ice cream that has no lactose in it (i'ts good, really good). Yup I am grateful for so many things! LIfe is good.

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Nov 11, 2014 01:23PM ruthbru wrote:

I am grateful for all the big things, little things, happy things, and even sad things that have happened since my diagnosis almost eight years ago. I am just grateful to be around to experience them. LIFE!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2014 05:21PM Moderators wrote:

We are all grateful to those who gave their lives and often health in conflicts. Around the World the date 11/11 has this significance of remembrance for the fallen. "Lest we Forget".

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.


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Nov 12, 2014 12:11PM Beezmets wrote:

After my final surgery (RIght breast reconstruction) last week, following a whole year of diagnosis of Stage 1 breast cancer and subsequent surgeries, including a left breast masectomy, I have so many things to be grateful for today.

To sum up, I am grateful for: my wonderful supportiveloving husband; my family and friends who walked in Making Strides fundraiser and helped me raise $4,000. My colleagues who always kept in touch with me when I was home recuperating and welcomed me back with open arms; to my wonderful plastic surgeon and her nurse who pulled me up from the depths of despair; my kitties who cuddled with me every morning;to my belated dog Dazzle, who always slept by my side; to being able to adopt a new dog from a shelter; to sunshine days in my backyard; to waking up every morning--to being ALIVE and looking at life through a new kaleidoscope of optimism, faith and love. Thank you God for blessing me with a wonderful life everyday!

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Nov 12, 2014 05:00PM MagicalBean wrote:

I am grateful for my diagnosis. It has given me the opportunity to be a more compassionate and humble person.

I am grateful for all of my providers. From EWBC to Rochester General, to Southern Tier Oncology, they have been exemplary.

I am grateful for my sister. Without her I'd be lost.

Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 12, 2014 05:27PM rozem wrote:

before cancer I hated my hair (stringy, thin) after cancer Im grateful for hair, my own stringy thin hair!

before cancer I used to complain that I hated my job, after cancer Im grateful that I am healthy and feel good enough to work. 

before cancer I thought my hubby didn't help enough around the house, after cancer I am grateful for how supportive and loving he was (and is) and for keeping the household afloat during months of treatment

I am grateful that I now don't sweat the small stuff anymore and everyone says that my type A personality had become a B!

I am grateful for BCO, my beautiful family and my friends (and my pa watching over me from above)

FEC-DH, LUMP, 25 RADS, TAMOX, BMSX with LD flap (worst surgery ever) Dx 8/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 12, 2014 09:43PM DiZoe wrote:

I am grateful for having discovered this forum! I'm grateful for the love of family and friends, but most of all my partner - he reminds me of my own strength and is unwavering in demonstrating his love and commitment to me and my health. I'm grateful for having signed my work contract and started extended health benefits 23 days before my diagnosis. I'm grateful for Dr. Anita Tannis, MD and integrative doctor who has balanced my hormones and referred me to an oncologist who will listen to my needs and not push conventional treatment at me when my intuition is screaming that it is not what my body needs.

I'm also thankful for the gratitude that has arisen as a result of my diagnosis.

D.

DiZoe Surgery 10/5/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/30/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/1/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 12, 2014 10:44PM Moderators wrote:

Bumping again!

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Nov 14, 2014 12:20PM annointd1 wrote:

I'm grateful for my Heavenly Father for my life, my family and medical team. I'm grateful for this forum. It's made such a difference knowing I'm not alone on this journey

Dx 12/18/2012, IBC, 2cm, Stage IIB, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 1/19/2013 AT Surgery 8/27/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2013 Targeted Therapy 10/15/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 10/21/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 14, 2014 07:23PM Moderators wrote:

Bumping!

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Nov 14, 2014 09:00PM sophie14 wrote:

I am grateful for getting through another day. I have been diagnosed with HER-2/positive 3+ , and I'm grateful for finding the best surgeon and oncologist in my area. I'm grateful for the prayers warriors praying for me. I'm grateful for a husband that tells me we will get through this together.

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