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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: Sep 12, 2015 09:27AM - edited Nov 13, 2015 02:23PM by Moderators

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We would really like to put together a slide show showing all your faces to show the amazing diversity of our community, reaching around the world. Please share with us here, or PM us.

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Sep 14, 2015 06:02PM - edited Sep 19, 2015 07:28PM by Lindalou

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Linda Dx 11/1/2007, ILC, Left, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/2009, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Dx 5/13/2014 Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 10/2/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 10/23/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy External: Bone Radiation Therapy External: Bone Surgery Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Faslodex (fulvestrant), Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy External: Bone Radiation Therapy Bone
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Sep 14, 2015 07:00PM - edited Sep 14, 2015 07:02PM by patoo

Hone - The Villages FL; Age - just shy of 67 years old; DX 10.08 - ILC (the sneaky BC)

During this journey I have been able to share - fear, successes, humor, friendships, luncheons and group travel with the friends I have made on BCo. Who knew that such a dreadful disease could bring such joy!













"for we live by faith, not by sight" - 2 Corinthians 5:7 Dx 10/24/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 4/2/2009 Breast Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
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Sep 14, 2015 07:23PM Peabrain wrote:

Danny from Long Beach, CA here. This year I am 47 and first got my diagnosis from a routine mammogram of DCIS, Stage 0. Then every week it got worse with a triple negative tumor on the other side along with two positive lymph nodes. Color me Stage 2 and BRCA1 positive. I consider myself very lucky to have caught it all so soon.

BCO is the place to get the real skinny and share the gruesome details. Everything that doctors don't tell you and thatfamily and friends don't know, and wouldn't want to. A huge thank you to everyone that makes it possible, from the moderators to the active posters to the lurkers!

Swimming with sharks Dx 4/2015, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Dx 5/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/19/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 7/19/2015 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Sep 14, 2015 07:44PM - edited Sep 14, 2015 08:00PM by Morwenna

BC.org is a place for Sistership, support, friendship, information, release .... a safe haven!

Age 55, Location: Alberta, Canada.

Diagnosis October 2012, aged 52: Stage 3A triple negative

Dx 11/8/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/22/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Surgery 12/11/2012 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/8/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/21/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/5/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap
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Sep 14, 2015 07:58PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Hello my BCO friends! My name is Robin and I am 61. DX at 60 9/2/14. IDC/ILC combined 1.2 cm stage 1c grade 1. I live in Yucaipa CA which is in Southern CA near Palm Springs.

I have met so many wonderful people on this site. I have made a lifelong friend who lives in Pittsburgh PA. We keep in touch with each other usually on a daily basis. "The picture above was taken 6 weeks after BMX with my wonderful husband Dave and my two grown daughters. I am so blessed with life and my Lord. I am gearing up to walk in the Believe Walk on October 4th!

Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Sep 14, 2015 08:03PM Moderators wrote:

very moving to see all of you. Thanks for sharing.


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Sep 14, 2015 10:22PM - edited Sep 14, 2015 10:27PM by dunesleeper

I'm Charlene, from Reisterstown, MD, a suburb of Baltimore. Original diagnosis in February of 2012: Stage IIb, Grade 3. Metastasis diagnosis in Spring of 2014: First bones, then lungs, then liver.

BCO has helped me from the very beginning, from when I felt the lump but had not yet seen the doctor to the way people handle facing death and how they become involved in studies. They miss me when I'm gone for a while. I am exceedingly grateful for bco.

Dx 2/7/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/31 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/7/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/4/2012 Reconstruction (right) Dx 8/20/2014, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 4/17/2015, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/4/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 7/10/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Radiation Therapy 9/1/2015 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/24/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Sep 14, 2015 10:37PM rozem wrote:

Rose. Diagnosed Aug 2011 at 42 with stage 2 ER PR Her2+ BC. No family history and in the best shape of my life. I was so shocked. BC was just no on my radar but when I found my lump I knew in my heart it wasnt good. I have always said that I have met many angels along this very rough road. My wonderful doctors, family and friends. I count my BCO friends as part of this beautiful group. They have been a lifeline of support and information. I am so grateful for this site!

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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Sep 15, 2015 12:58AM Traveltext wrote:

I'm Rod, aged 65, from the state of Queensland in Australia. I'm the touch of blue among the pink, perhaps representing guys who make up the 1% of total annual breast cancer diagnoses. This may be a relatively small percentage but, interestingly, it is equal to that of the women under 35 diagnosed each year.

I was diagnosed in March 2014 with IBC which was treated with chemo, surgery, radiation and now tamoxifen. Currently NED, and am obviously doing my best to stay in this category by enjoying a healthy diet and regular exercise. Oh, and having lots of fun with my friends and family. I also do volunteer counselling for men recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

I have to say that BCO and its wonderful array of bloggers have been a source of encouragement, information, and fellowship. As a guy on the forum I sometimes feel a gender disconnect, but I have never experienced any discrimination or been made to feel anything but welcome.

Bouquets to BCO for building a platform for such diverse and interesting commentary.


NED breast and prostate cancer. More on Male BC

Dx 03/14, IBC, Lgth. 2cm, Stge IIIB, Gde 2B, ER+/PR+, HER2- ; FEC x3, Taxol x3; Mx & 2/23 nodes; Rads x 33; now on tamoxofin.

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Sep 15, 2015 01:05AM teacherhikermom wrote:

Orange County, California

Diagnosis: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage IIB

Your Age: 35

Quote about how the community/BCO has helped you:

I am part of a September 2015 chemo group. While undergoing grueling chemotherapy and dealing with heinous side effects, I check the message board daily to commiserate, update, get/give ideas and encouragement, and whine/complain. It helps to see how people who are a few days ahead are doing and also to be able to support people who are going through the same thing. It's basically an online support group and is amazing because I don't even need to leave my bed to get much needed encouragement.

Dx 8/6/2015, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, one known involved node, ER+/PR+, HER2+(MammaPrint)
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Sep 15, 2015 04:07AM - edited Sep 15, 2015 04:19AM by sebm9

Diagnosed at age 48, IDC IIa Grade 2 ER+PR+/HER2-, clear nodes. My oncotype was 19, and after a long discussion with my oncologist, I realized that I needed to go through chemo. The prospect of losing my hair was the most devastating side effect possible. That night I madly googled to see if there was some way to avoid hair loss, and came across the Penguin Cold Cap site. PCC inventor Frank Fronda immediately made contact with me and his first piece of advice was to sign up for the PCC discussion group on BCO. I joined on page 16, one of the early US users of cold caps. I went through 4 rounds of chemo with a full head of hair (and growing), to the amazement of my entire care team and most of all myself. I literally had not another person to support me except the women on the list. I didn't fully realize what pioneers we were, and I remain committed to getting word out so that women know they have a choice in how to handle hair loss due to chemo. Thank you BCO for making this possible for all of us! You changed my life in profound ways and I am eternally grateful.

Btw, a year after finishing treatment, I had the amazing experience of attending the Nobel Prize Ceremony with my husband. There I was, in a ball gown and tiara, with an up-do. Thank you BCO.

Dx 2/3/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 15, 2015 05:56AM Lila-claire66 wrote:

66 years old, dx June 25, Stage II IDC, her2+, left mx with one sentinel lymph involved, first chemo 9/9, doing recon, will have radiation - the works! I live in Winston-Salem, NC where we have some of the finest physicians in the country.


I am forever grateful for finding this site. I have learned so much from my Sept 15 chemo group and other boards I have explored. Thanks to the MODS for checking in and posting new info too.

I am a very healthy, fit and positive person so just know i will be fine but knowing what might be coming, how to deal with the various side effects, the commaraderie and humor have already given me comfort and sense of belonging to a very special group of women. Thanks for being here!


valerie oberle Surgery 8/3/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Dx 8/4/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 9/8/2015 AC Targeted Therapy 10/31/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 15, 2015 08:16AM - edited Sep 15, 2015 03:50PM by HopeFaithCourage

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Dx 11/2/2012, IDC, 4cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 2/2015, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 10/2016, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other Radiation Therapy External: Chest wall, Bone
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Sep 15, 2015 08:26AM - edited Sep 15, 2015 08:29AM by Suzy1067


My name is Suzy, I live in Jacksonville, FL - Go Jags! :)  I was diagnosed in June, a week before a fitness competition (picture with my daughters).  Today, I am 6 weeks post BMX with immediate TE placement (pictured this past Sunday at a Jag game). I added one more pic...of me the day after surgery, with my youngest who stayed at the hospital with me!

 Week after diagnosis

 almost 6 weeks post BMX

 Day after surgery!

I am grateful for this forum - it has been such a blessing, as you all have!  I come here often to research other's journey and relate so very much to it all!  It is so nice to "meet" youHappy

 

Dx 6/11/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/22/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Sep 15, 2015 08:42AM tangandchris wrote:


Dx'd at 39 stage 3 IDC hormone positive cancer. Bilateral mx, chemo, rads.....lots of struggles along the way. This board has been a lifeline for me so many times. Insomniacs thread, my chemo group....so much support, understanding and love.

My reconstruction with TE's failed...had them removed because of infection. I am still unsure of if or when I will try again. Dx 10/24/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/22/2013 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 15, 2015 09:29AM cke14 wrote:

Hello,

I was diagnosed on July 21st, 2014 at the age of 46 with Triple neg. IDC. Chemo ended on Dec. 3rd then Bilateral Mastectomy Dec. 15th, treatment ended with Radiation on Mar. 23rd 2015.

This is a picture of me and my three girls at Christmas. I am grateful for each day. This website provides support and answers questions that I do not want to ask anyone else. Thank you!

Dx 7/21/2014, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 4/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/28/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 12/14/2014 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/26/2015 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Sep 15, 2015 10:05AM mdoc524 wrote:

For the last 6 years, starting at Age 40 I routinely went in for Mammogram Screening and every year I was always called back for a 2nd look with UltraSound on the left side. It was always advised I had very dense breasts with cluster of cysts. In October of 2014 I had my 1st 3D Mammogram and this time all came back clear and I was not called back for an 2nd look. Six months later in March of this year I felt a lump in my left breast that led to several tests, Mammogram, Biopsy, Breast MRI, etc and on April 22nd I was diagnosed at the age of 45 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.

Biopsies confirmed my cancer is Grade 1, 95% Estrogen & Progesterone Positive & HER2 Negative. All initial tests showed the tumor as small at 1cm. Although testing negative for the BRCA gene there are strong hereditary factors: Maternal Grandmother Breast Cancer, Maternal Aunt died at age 37 from Ovarian Cancer; and my own Mother is a Colon Cancer survivor. The Genetic Counselors have advised it is quite possible for my family the gene has not been isolated yet. I underwent Bilateral Mastectomy with Tissue Expander Placement on 5/28/15 and the pathology results confirmed the tumor was much larger at 3.4cm with 2 Lymph Nodes involved. I started a 20 week Chemo Regimen on 7/31/15 and my last Adriamycin/Cytoxan infusion is on 9/18/15 and then I will move on to 12 Weekly Taxol treatments. Once Chemo is complete I will move on to Radiation and then have my reconstruction finished and will also at some point start taking Tamoxifen.

I am fortunate to have a huge support system in my family, friends and local community - the generosity of others astounds me daily. What has given me the most strength to endure what this disease takes from you is finding and becoming a part of the breastcancer.org community. I have virtually met and connected with so many fiercely brave woman and I will cherish these connections forever. There are not enough words to describe how amazing it is to talk to others who are going thru the exact same thing, cheering each other along the way thru the darkest of moments.

I have also found all of the articles on breastcancer.org to be so helpful and informative especially when I was first diagnosed and also when preparing for each phase of my treatment. I have reflected back on many of them to prepare for meeting with Doctors to discuss upcoming surgery or Chemo Regimen or different options for helping to manage Side Effects.

I am a Survivor and will beat this disease and find myself so blessed to have found and become a part of such an awesome community at breastcancer.org.

Thank you so much!

Mary

Mary - 48 Year Old Mom of 11 Year old Twins! "Cancer picked the wrong Girl" Dx 4/22/2015, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/28/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/28/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/31/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/1/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/29/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 6/6/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/7/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 15, 2015 11:45AM - edited Sep 16, 2015 12:08PM by StayingFocus

Hi,

I was dx with IDC, triple negative, in August 2012, right before my 62nd birthday. I did chemo 3x per month from September 2012 until June 2013. My last PET scan in March 2013 indicated NED. I just celebrated my 65th birthday on September 1st and I feel wonderful. I am grateful for so many things in life that I don't "sweat" over the small things anymore. It is not worth my time nor energy. To the breastcancer.org forum, my doctors, my family, friends and neighbors, I want to thank them all.

To others facing breast cancer, understand that you are not alone. You will find wonderful people on this forum who will give you support and advice that is so welcoming. The warmth from them generates through the computer and you can feel their love.

Be assured that this is the best place for you during this difficult time.

As a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, my motto is "Stay Strong!"

Claudia

H

Surgery 8/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 8/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/12/2012 AT Surgery 7/17/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
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Sep 15, 2015 01:19PM - edited Sep 25, 2015 03:52PM by shorfi

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Dx 8/31/2004, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 6/19/2013, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 8/1/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC)
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Sep 15, 2015 01:23PM Ellelou wrote:

DX June 2015 with Stage IV, DC, with mets to spine. I'm a retired English teacher, age 59 and I live in San Diego, California. The picture is me with my granddaughter born last summer. BCO has helped me learn about this disease but more important is having the ability to communicate with others via the discussion board. I don't feel alone.

Ellen Dx 6/11/2015, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 10/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2015 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 6/19/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Surgery Mastectomy
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Sep 15, 2015 04:25PM terrij152 wrote:


My name is Theresa Jones. I was initially diagnosed with stage 2 a breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 42. My mother and sister were diagnosed in 2008, just a year before me. I tested negative for the BRCA 1 & 2 mutations. I opted for bilateral mastectomies with latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction. Tamoxifen was the only treatment I needed due to low Oncotype score. Despite this I was diagnosed with a recurrence in my right hip and both lungs in 2015 at the age of 48. This was a HUGE SHOCK to me and my family! I'm now being treated with Femara along with monthly Lupron and Xgeva injections.

This community has been my lifesaver! Whenever I have a question, doubt or just need to vent the wonderful people are there for me! I don't know what I would do without them! It made me realize that my stage 4 diagnosis is not a death sentence and I have many years to come. For showing me this, I will be eternally grateful!

I give thanks every day for BCO and this community!

Life is a journey...Enjoy the ride!!! Dx 3/16/2009, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/20/2009 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 6/17/2009 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 7/21/2009 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/7/2010 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Dx 4/2/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IV, ER+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/19/2015 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 6/7/2015 External: Bone
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Sep 15, 2015 06:26PM SuzyBlue wrote:

Hi Everyone, my name is Suzanne and I come from New Zealand. I was diagnosed 4 days before Christmas in 2011 with extensive DCIS in my right breast which meant I needed a mastectomy and had immediate diep reconstruction. I was 49 years old. I had cervical cancer at 20 and thought that was my brush with the monster, just goes to show.

In my photo (sorry I'm not very photogenic nor a good selfie taker!) I am standing near a painting one of my daughters did that represents me, and has Mum 'tattooed' on the woman's shoulder. We have six kids and they all handled the situation differently but have been staunch supporters.

Even though I am through the worst of it (6 surgeries later) I still value coming onto this forum and being amongst women (and men) who understand the stomach churning roller coaster this is. There are laughs to be had, commiserations, celebrations and remembrance. My breast cancer family.


Dx 12/21/2011, DCIS, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes
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Sep 15, 2015 10:22PM tangandchris wrote:

Loving this thread

My reconstruction with TE's failed...had them removed because of infection. I am still unsure of if or when I will try again. Dx 10/24/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/22/2013 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 15, 2015 11:58PM 39andhip wrote:

My name is Nicole; I live in Colorado Springs, CO. I received my diagnosis of IDC, stage 1, grade 2 in May of 2015, at age 40, after dealing with debilitating hip pain, failed hip surgery, and a massive DVT all of 2014.

A friend with ovarian cancer suggested this site to me for the information it provided on cold capping. She also said that although she did not have breast cancer, she liked the upbeat and supportive environment of the discussion board. I have since opted not to do chemo, but have found a wealth of information about other treatments, as well as received support as I've gone through four surgeries in the past four months. The articles on this site are informative and the people on the discussion board are supportive and non-judgmental of everyone's varying personal decisions. During my first consult with my plastic surgeon, he told me that he knew I was well-educated, because every breast cancer patient he had ever had was well-educated about BC and usually knew exactly what she wanted, and I honestly think a lot of that is because of this site here. Also, as a younger person with breast cancer, it's important for me to interact with other young or 'younger' women going through this. I often joke that I have three conditions that most people my age have experienced only through their grandparents. My 'real-life' friends, while wonderful, don't really understand what I'm going through, nor should I expect them to. I don't want everything in my life to be all about cancer, and having a supportive network online helps me carry on more normally with my everyday life and relationships. Thank you for this gift.

Despite my name, I am actually 40 years old. I started blogging my way through severe hip pain about a year ago, and apparently the only way to get me to stop whining about my hips was to give me cancer. So here I am. :) Dx 5/1/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 5/18/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 5/22/2015, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2 Surgery 6/16/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/1/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/8/2015 Reconstruction (left): Stacked DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 16, 2015 03:05AM Suladog wrote:

hey there,

Diagnosed the first time Triple negative back in 1990s....given chemo and a poor prognosis, yet here I am

Diagnosed again Oct 2014, triple positive this time , I cold capped to save my hair this time... Here I am 1 mo after finishing Chemo in mid May harvesting my spinach



Dx 6/6/1990, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/20/1990 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 8/19/1990 CMF Dx 10/5/2014, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/28/2014 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/28/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/29/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 5/30/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 16, 2015 07:09AM - edited Sep 16, 2015 07:28AM by Moderators

Wow! Thank you ladies (and men!) for sharing your photos and for sharing your all together fabulousness!!

Keep them coming!

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Sep 16, 2015 08:59AM NatsFan wrote:

This is a great thread - you all are so inspirational! I'm loving reading everyone's stories and seeing everyone's pictures. It's a real day-brightener.

Mary Dx 12/31/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 16, 2015 09:26AM - edited Sep 16, 2015 09:35AM by farmerlucy

Jill from Norman, OK. Dx at 51 in Feb 2012 after a preventive mx that wasn't. :) BCO was there for me pre-surgery and post dx. Emotionally I fell apart after dx and wandered in a dark place for many months. So many sisters came alongside me and walked with me during that time. I am forever grateful. I will spend the rest of my life paying it forward. I still love BCO because it keeps me up-to-date on advancements in screening and treatment for this disease that has wreaked havoc on my family. I also love checking in on my peeps who mean the world to me!

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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Sep 16, 2015 10:50AM OncoWarrior wrote:

Hey Mods, This site is a great idea!

I can hear Julie Andrews singing,

"Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.

Getting to like you; getting to hope you like me."

Can't you?

Nerdy


"I traded my Perky Bosoms for a Perky Attitude!"
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Sep 16, 2015 11:49AM NatsFan wrote:

OK, now I have a Julie Andrews earworm stuck in my head! Loopy

Mary Dx 12/31/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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