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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 06:27AM - edited Nov 13, 2015 11:23AM by Moderators

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Sep 16, 2015 09:31AM ruthbru wrote:

I must add that every single person on here is stunningly beautiful....inside and out both!!

"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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Sep 16, 2015 12:15PM - edited Sep 16, 2015 12:17PM by Penzance

Hard hat because visiting an area at risk for rockfalls, on a Geology field trip at the bottom of huge cliffs! It was a brilliant if windy day, and I watched hang gliders and vowed to try that out one day. Still on my list (lack of time and money)!

40, LCIS, UK.

Dx 11/2014, LCIS, Right
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Sep 16, 2015 06:20PM JJOntario wrote:

  1. Rebecca - age 43 at dx on December 1/14
  2. IDC. Lumpectomy and rads.

I had just had a clear mammo and breast augmentation done 10 months prior so we were totally shocked. BCO became the one place I could go to when I wanted to hide from the rest of the world. Most people sort of know what breast cancer does to your body...but have no clue how deeply it affects your mind. I got my tattoo on my wrist to signify the end of treatment. I didn't want my radiation tattoos to be the only ones I have

47yrs old. Oncotype Score 16. 43 at dx - existing implants. Basal cell carcinoma-2019 Dx 12/1/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/1/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 12/7/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/29/2015 Radiation Therapy 3/29/2015
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Sep 17, 2015 05:45AM - edited Sep 25, 2015 12:50PM 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 17, 2015 09:03AM Sharazhad707 wrote:

Hi everyone

My name is Sanchia (Sharazhad is just an online alias). I'm a 33 year old optometrist from South Africa. I was diagnosed with triple negative IDC in June this year. I started Chemo in July and joind the Chemo July 2015 group. A few weeks after diagnosis I decided to cut my hair into a short mullet :P (as seen below)

I stumbled upon when I was looking for help regarding folliculitis and I'm so glad that I did. Not all questions get answered in the oncologist's office, and I've found many answers in the wealth of articles here that help me understand what I am going through. The reading material provided are comprehensive and easy to read.

I thoroughly enjoy the discussion boards, as it provides an excellent platform for me to share my expriences, concerns and a non-judgemental space for me to let of a bit of steam. I love the sense of community and encouragement amongst the users. It's truely an inspirational space.

Please visit my blog on cancer : Dx 6/26/2015, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/22/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Surgery 12/13/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Sep 17, 2015 11:27AM annieb4 wrote:

This is quite a journey we have all been on and I guess when the going gets tuff, together we just get tuffer !!!

Courage doens't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher Dx 5/7/2013, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/25/2013 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 6/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/6/2015 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 17, 2015 03:12PM - edited Sep 22, 2015 06:40AM by yogamama

This is me, in the midst of chemo, sporting my wig, just before the rest of my eyebrows and eyelashes all fell out. I live in Niceville, Fl. I was 44 at diagnosis of Stage III ILC. BCO has helped me through many anxious late nights, searching for words that someone understood what I was going through, and managed to make to the next day. I find inspiration every time I come back. Thank you.

Dx 1/2014, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/34 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/18/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 3/16/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 4/16/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/31/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 9/12/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 17, 2015 03:40PM - edited Sep 17, 2015 03:41PM by SummerAngel

Longmont, Colorado.

Bilateral IDC, Stage IIA.

45 at diagnosis (this picture was part of family photos taken by a friend after I was diagnosed).

I've found BCO to be extremely helpful in learning all I can about breast cancer. I was completely ignorant of it when I was diagnosed, and there is a ton of very accurate and up-to-date information posted here! It's also nice to feel like I'm part of a group and not a freak, because I don't know anyone on a personal basis who has had BC.

Age at dx: 45. Oncotype, left-side tumor: 9. Right side had multifocal IDC and "extensive" LCIS. Isolated tumor cells in 1 right-side node. Dx 3/27/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 4/27/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/1/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 6/1/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/4/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Sep 18, 2015 03:24AM shaz101 wrote:

I love this thread. So nice to see everyone's beautiful face.

sharon. i will not die an unlived life 😊 Dx 12/13/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 1/26/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 3/2/2015 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/12/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 18, 2015 04:43PM patoo wrote:

Oh my gosh, I am loving looking at all the posts and these beautiful, gorgeous people. One good SE of BC is beauty! Tell that to your oncologists (bet they never heard that one either!

"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 18, 2015 04:53PM Artista928 wrote:

Han Tagh- My parents are Iranian as is my family. I was born and raised here but have some family here to feed me yummy Iranian food! You're very pretty. :) My family doesn't know about my bc so I won't be posting my photo to be extra careful, but you all look great and are brave!

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/1/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Sep 18, 2015 06:34PM - edited Sep 18, 2015 06:37PM by cbwitt1970

  • I am 44 years old. Just diagnosed with ILC on 8/18/15. I am scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction on 9/29/15. At present my cancer is Stage I, Grade 2, ER+,PR+, HER2-
  • I am so thankful to have found this forum to vent, connect & educate myself. I have felt so alone & scared & it has been an enormous comfort to know that many other women know exactly how I feel!
  • I live just outside of Knoxville Tennessee. My husband of 3 years & I just built our dream home at Norris Lake. I work from home as a medical biller & coder.
  • I am trying to remain positive & hold onto my faith that God has a plan for me & that with his help, I will beat this horrible disease
Dx 8/18/2015, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Sep 19, 2015 04:23PM - edited Sep 19, 2015 04:28PM by jojo2373

Hi, I am Jo from Maryland. I joined as part of the 2012 Sept Chemo group. My dx was IDC grade 3 ER+ Luminal B 2 nodes pos. I had AC T, surgery, rads, and currently on hormonals. Dx was at 50.

I couldn't have made it without BCO. I met the most wonderful and inspiring women here. They were my friends in the darkest of times and they understood. We journeyed to Vegas after most of us finished treatment and it was a life changing experience ( note we all have the same haircut!). We still chat almost daily 3 years later. Thank you BCO!

Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/30/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/6/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/3/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 19, 2015 04:53PM patoo wrote:

Great pic, jojo.

"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 19, 2015 05:17PM Moderators wrote:

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Sep 20, 2015 03:15PM Ossa wrote:

My Name is Åse, (osa) originally from Norway. Moved to Beautiful British Columbia, Canada in 1977. Married a "canuck" in 78 have three handsome sons and now three daughters-in law and three grandbabies.. Was diagnosed in april 2011 at 52 with a 5cmx7cmx1.5 cm tumor (eight months after I has a clean mammogram) with IDC and DCID in situ stage tree. Er+ Her2+ Had eight chemo treatments, then uni mastectomy, with expander placed,. Radiation , a few more surgeries to try to make my foob look somewhat normal It is what it is... at least I am here to talk about it.. The ladies on this site has been my rock, I have cried and laughed along with you all.. for that I thank you. You truly understand Friends and family try, but they can never really understand what we have and continue to go through every day.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... NED Nov 2011 Dx 4/7/2011, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 5/19/2011 AC Targeted Therapy 8/11/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/11/2011 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2011 Radiation Therapy 1/27/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/26/2012 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 11/15/2014 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Sep 20, 2015 07:08PM maryna8 wrote:

My name is Mary. I am 63 and from Missouri USA. On January 31 2014 I was diagnosed with IDC Stage 2 Grade 3 ER-/PR-/HER2-. I next had a rt. Mastectomy in February followed by chemo starting in March.

I do know quite a few women with Breast Cancer but since my husband was also seriously ill at that time I saw them rarely. We struggled through the summer and fall but he passed away in February 2015. This website has been a companion to me through the darkest times. I found information, support and friendship here. It has been a way to connect with, and learn of other's struggles with similar diagnoses.

Dx 2/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2014 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/17/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 20, 2015 07:50PM - edited Sep 20, 2015 07:51PM by Birdysmom

Hello! Name is Rebecca, age 44 at DX. I was diagnosed with stage IIIC I.D.C. hormone triple positive. I'm a boat mechanic and live on a boat that has traveled for 15 years until having to stop for cancer treatment. Location varies between Florida coast and farther north. The tumor in breast was too big for surgery first, so am in the midst of chemo to shrink it. This photo taken in middle of chemo, with hair loss and one can see the implanted port. Uhg. It's a long, uncomfortable process, but this site and its compassionate people help keep me sane!

I can't believe I ate the whole thing... Dx 6/2015, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIC, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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Sep 21, 2015 07:47PM SpriteB wrote:

Upstate NY. Diagnosed 2/2015 at 37 with IDC, triple positive, grade 3, no nodes. 

I found BCO when I was frantically searching Dr Google after my mammogram/ultrasound/biopsy. It has become my go to place when I need answers or reassurance that I am not alone in this. Even though I have a great support system, sometimes I need support and answers from those in the trenches of this battle. I am so thankful for BCO!!

Dx 2/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 3/4/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 4/2/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/17/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 21, 2015 09:32PM - edited Sep 21, 2015 09:33PM by Honeytagh

Hi Artista928

Thanks a lot for your kind words. My family also do not know anything about my bc. But this is a place that I m sure they will never visit.

Wish you the best


Dx at 32 Dx 7/11/2014, IDC: Medullary, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/22/2014 Lumpectomy; Mastectomy Dx 11/8/2017, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 21, 2015 09:49PM - edited Sep 21, 2015 09:49PM by AmyQ

This is me trying out a new hair do after chemo - I kept about 2/3 of my hair with cold caps - Diagnosed at 57 in Feb 2013 - brought to NED 7/3/13 after 5 rounds of TC. Tried and failed reconstruction so am flat and will stay this way. Unfortunately dx at Stage IV shortly after BMX with numerous bone mets. I am self-employed and none of my current client's know of my dx nor do I wish to share it with them. I can continue to work just fine and since I'm the boss, I can take off any time I need to without explanations. BCO is my safe haven, and I'm so lucky to have learned so much about MBC which gives me less to worry about. I have 6 children and 6 grandchildren, all under the age of 6...geez does that mean my lucky number is 666? Think I'll stop now. Amy

Dx 2/7/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/9/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/25/2015 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Sep 21, 2015 10:24PM Kjones13 wrote:

My name is Kristin Jones. I was diagnosed with stage 4 er+/her2+ BC with mets to my liver and spine, on September 14, 2012 at the age of 34. I am now 37. I live in the beautiful mountains of western NC with my family.

I have a ton of support from family, friends, churches, people I don't even know and I feel incredibly lucky. Even with all that support, no one has been able to help me like bco. To be truly heard and understood from women all around the world. It's a gift like no other. I love the depth of the boards. So many kind loving people to cry with you, pray with you, laugh with/at you, and to get angry. So many emotions. And all are welcomed

James 1:2-4 Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 11/11 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 10/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/16/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2013 Surgery 10/23/2013 Mastectomy: Right
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Sep 22, 2015 12:39AM - edited Sep 23, 2015 08:10AM by LilacBlue

I'm an American living rural in England, on the outskirts of a small village not far from the white cliffs of Dover.

Diagnosis in 2012 at age 57: Stage:1b, grade 2 multifoical DCIS of left breast, including two small tumors, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- left breast mastectomy, DIEP flap reconstruction.

My participation on the BCO discussion boards has been the single greatest factor to shaping the recent direction my life has taken since diagnosis. I am a regular poster on Let's Post Our Daily Exercise and through the inspiration of woman who post on this thread, have embarked on a life path to help move breast cancer woman forward in recovery. Since February 2013, started a small, grass roots initiative with a qualified fitness instructor called, Pink Ribbon Pilates to provide a safe, supportive and effective free Pilates classes for woman in or out of breast cancer treatment. I have now become a qualified level 2 Gym Instructor, certified instructor for Body Balance/Flow, level 3 GP & Exercise Referral Fitness Instructor and currently on a level 4 Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation qualification course ending early November. We hope to offer more free exercise classes including one that particularly targets younger women. Thank you BCO and my tribe, as I love my "now" life purpose and direction, fulfilling a deeply held desire to help and be part of the solution to breast cancer. xox

Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It's what I've never seen before that I recognise. - Diane Arbus Dx 4/13/2012, DCIS/IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/12/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction
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Sep 22, 2015 07:32AM 39andhip wrote:

This is a great thread! I love reading everyone's stories. Cyberhugs to all.

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 22, 2015 07:46AM Becs511 wrote:

Hello from New York City! My name is Rebecca and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer in May 2014, 5 days before my 33rd birthday. My cancer is Triple Positive, with mets to 4 lymph nodes, my sternum, and lungs. This July I was also diagnosed with a small area of Triple Negative breast cancer in my left breast. I have the extremely rare distinction of being stage 4 and stage 1 at the same time.

As a childhood leukemia survivor, I knew from previous experience that a cancer diagnosis, especially at a still (relatively) young age is extremely isolating and lonely. BCO provides me with a sense of community. There is always going to be someone, at any time of day or night, there for you, ready to listen, and understand. Reaching out to people across all walks of life who are going through what I am has been an amazing sounding board, sense of inspiration, and support.

Age at DX: 32. Childhood Leukemia survivor. Triple Positive mets and Triple Negative at the same time! Dx 5/5/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 5/22/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/22/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/16/2015 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Surgery 6/17/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/1/2015, IDC, Left, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/20/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Dx 2/2016, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy External: Brain Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy Other
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Sep 22, 2015 08:30AM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:

I am Claire., as many of you may have surmised from my screen name. I moved to Seattle just under nine years ago to start a new life post divorce. I love being outside hiking, skiing, swimming, running, and especially cycling. Fortunately, I was able to cycle and ski throughout treatment. Based on the relatively easy time I had, I'm afraid I tend to go on way too long on the benefits of exercise. That said, I also think I was one of the trailblazers in that area. My goal was to get to "better than ever" post treatment, and I do believe that I accomplished that. In the process, I learned that we often set the bar too low. I do not feel that I was in any way diminished by the experience, but of course, it did shape my life and work going forward.

I was 59 when diagnosed, and now in my mid 60s. Now, I view breast cancer as one of the not fun things that happened to me in my life. Yes, you are never off the hook entirely, but I also hear horrific tales of things that happen to cyclists. It doesn't keep me off my bicycle though.

Here is a picture demonstrating the benefits of exercise. You will notice that the garment in question is a bit different from the one my grandmother wore. BTW - I use the Spanx counter as inspiration to keep moving!

That was taken 18 months ago. Here is a more recent one of me on top of the world, hiking near Mount Rainier.

Life is exciting for me right now. One benefit of having gone through treatment is that I now invest in professionals to cut my hair! I do exciting and challenging work. I am planning on doing 10 for 10 with the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic next year. Most of all, I have decided to rewrite the script for this part of my life. Not sure exactly what that means, but I do know that it DOESN'T mean fading away and that it does mean living each day to the fullest.

So to those starting out, I would say...keep moving forward. You will have crappy days, but guess what? You would get those anyway. Make sure you set small goals and do them. Take time to enjoy the world around you. We don't get to do these things twice.

Which reminds summer I will make a point of camping out at Dewey Lake (background of photo). Barrier is finding someone else up to the adventure. Any takers??? - Claire

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Sep 22, 2015 05:13PM - edited Sep 22, 2015 05:29PM by Carol99

I was dx 9/2013, I was 44, double BMX 11/2013,BRAC1+, immediate recon, after multiple revisions I've scheduled DIEP flap surgery for 1/2015. This sight has been a wealth of support & helpful info, especially my December chemo group💕

It was very difficult for me at first, because of my triple neg. dx. But I believe none of us can take any day for granted, live life, love life, breast cancer is not a death sentence!

I connected with my birth mother 10 years ago and discovered I am BRAC 1 positive. Surgery 8/23/2011 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 9/13/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/4/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 12/16/2013 AC Chemotherapy 1/8/2014 AC Chemotherapy 1/27/2014 AC Chemotherapy 2/10/2014 AC
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Sep 23, 2015 05:29AM Chevyboy wrote:

Hi y'all! I thought I was getting too old to even go in for a Mammogram...found a small spot at 72! DANG! Kind of takes your breath away, hearing "Well, I believe it is breast cancer, but we'll just wait for the tests, then if it is, take it out, then radiation, and you'll be good to go!"

I just turned 78...(which is the new 50) and doing great! Pictured here with my DH of 58 years (in 5 days!!!!!!)

So many caring women on these threads... They helped pull me through the scariest parts....And I'm staying to help others, maybe give them something to smile about... or just to give them hugs....

Take good care, friends!

Don't walk ahead of me, I might not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not want to lead. Just walk beside me & be my friend. Dx 11/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Hormonal Therapy Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox)
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Sep 23, 2015 09:57AM Westphal107 wrote:

My name is Geri Westphal and I was diagnosed with Stage 0 DCIS on 7/14/15. Age 53

Because of family history - One grandmother as BC survivor and another grandmother who died of OC, I made the decision to go ahead with BMX with DIEP recon. Lymph node test came back negative yesterday, so I'm very thankful. Early detection has been my blessing.

I find this site to be my life saver. Pre-surgery answers to all my Qs were soooo helpful and brought me peace before the Big Day. Post-surgery answers are helping me navigate through all these changes. Such a great support group and out pouring of love. Xoxox

Dx 7/14/2015, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/14/2015 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap

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