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Topic: Stage IIb and 5+ years out, anyone?

Forum: Stage II Breast Cancer — Meet, share and support others with Stage II Breast Cancer

Posted on: Oct 9, 2011 04:55PM

sundermom wrote:

I am quickly approaching the one year mark here and have my first round of scans post treatment in a couple of weeks. However, the local newspaper has been running stories left and right this month in which the focus is young women like myself (I was 37 at dx). In both stories today the women were stageIIb and eventually developed mets. I know I chose a very aggressive treatment plan (BMX, AND, chemo, rads and Tamoxifen) and there is not really anything else I can do, but hope and pray. Pinkoctober is really bringing me down and I could really use some encouragement. :(

Dx 11/8/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, 2/32 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 28, 2014 01:31PM - edited Sep 28, 2014 01:32PM by QueenSansaStark

7 year survivor of Stage 2b here. If I had ONE more node, I'd have been Stage III. I was 43 and er/pr+++. Naturally, I was devastated, especially since I did not think I could get BC so young! I had a lumpectomy, chemo, rads, and tamoxifen, in addition to complementary treatments (acupuncture was a freakin' GODSEND after I had finished chemo and was doing rads - it got my energy back up to a manageable level!).

Through it all I continued my Master's degree studies and did a supervised practicum right after everything was finished and I had about 1 inch of gray and frizzy hair (yay for super-strength conditioner).

Here I am, seven years later, menopausal and heavier, though a low-carb diet and exercise program is taking care of that. My brain is back in its old glory, and my hair is past my shoulders, and thick and wavy again, woo hoo! I own a house, I have cats, I live my life. I don't post here much anymore, because I've moved past cancer, and just pop in to survivor's threads and occasionally in the alt meds forum. The only time I really think about cancer is during the dread Pinktober, and I give the middle finger to that! 

Stage II sisters, take heart - there are lots of us long-term survivors enjoying our now-healthy lives.

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer Dx 2/1/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2007 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2007 Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes Chemotherapy Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 28, 2014 02:49PM lago wrote:

Hi Flannelette. Congratulations. I remember you from when I first came here looking for someone else with a big tumor. Us big tumor gals (mine ended up being 5.5cm invasive but 6.5 cm with the DCIS) and no nodes seem less common. I'm 2 years behind you. Hope they will let me get off the AI in 2 more years. My MO is hinting at 10!

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Oct 7, 2014 09:03PM nowaynotnow wrote:

Diagnosed in 2009 Stage 2A 3/12 positive nodes. I also threw everything at it double mastectomy, chemo, rads and now femora. I'm five years out and feeling great!

Dx 5/19/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 7, 2014 10:42PM TaniaE wrote:

Congratulations nowaynotnow on your 5 year milestone and thanks so much for sharing .

Dx 10/31/2013, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/7/2014 AC Radiation Therapy 4/7/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/10/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 21, 2014 03:00PM happygran wrote:

Just seen this thread............I was dx grade 3 with 3 affected nodes.... not a good prognosis .I was scared stiff when first dx.........googled too much.......saw all the statistics etc made my funeral plans etc etc

Here I am over 6 years out...........leaving the funeral plans on the PC..........leaving my hospital bag and wig on top of the wardrobe..........and just enjoying life again......

It's such a scary time when you're first dx, but it does get easier with time.........I go weeks without thinking of BC now.............

Life does get back to normal (a better normal)............

Dx 5/2/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/9/2008 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/20/2008 Ellence (epirubicin), Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2009 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/2/2009 Breast Dx 9/3/2015, Stage IV
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Nov 22, 2014 11:14AM simplelife4real wrote:

Thanks for posting Happygran! Congratulations. I don't think we ever get tired of seeing posts like yours.

Dx 8/1/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/5/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 AC Surgery 2/13/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 4/1/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 22, 2014 11:21AM bc101 wrote:

CONGRATULATIONS Happygran - I can't wait to get to where you are now!!!Nerdy


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Aug 1, 2015 09:06PM lago wrote:

Just thought I'd post. July 13th 2010 was my official diagnosis date. This August 31st will be my 5 year NED date. That's in 30 days. I'm playing the lottery.

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 20, 2015 09:40AM - edited Aug 20, 2015 09:42AM by Trenna

Yes, life does return to normal and we sometimes forget our wonderful sisters here who help during the early stages.
I was stage II with 4 positive nodes, ER+ and both my sister and my mother passed away from breast cancer.
10 years and counting. Every March from 2005 on has been celebrated!


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Aug 21, 2015 12:42AM - edited Aug 21, 2015 12:48AM by TaniaE

Thanks for sharing Lago, Happygran and Trenna. Just got my scan results and ultrasound results today and am currently NED. Even though I'm only nearly two years out, it's wonderful ladies like yourselves that have come on here to share your stories that give some of us in our early years hope. I don't know where I'd be without this forum.

Dx 10/31/2013, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/7/2014 AC Radiation Therapy 4/7/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/10/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 31, 2015 09:29AM lago wrote:

August 31, 2015

5 years NED means
5 years Cancer Free
Today I celebrate life for me!

linky

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 1, 2015 12:54AM LizA17 wrote:

Happy for you Lago!!

Dx 11/13/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 2/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 12/6/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 1/21/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/21/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 1, 2015 05:32AM KaterinaP wrote:

Just to say Hi, this is my first message (posted the same in the stage III forum, but found this one afterwards) since I just created an account. I was diagnosed in July last year and went through chemo, surgery and radiotherapy, and on the 1st of August started Tamoxifen. I was looking in the internet for long term survivors stories to fill up my tanks with optimism and hope, and got to this site and forum. And I just want to say, THANK YOU ALL that are sharing your stories years after your diagnosis, it brings us the not so long ago diagnosed a lot of strength and hope to go ahead, live our lifes day by day, and feel like the persons we were before that happened to us!

To tell you my story in a couple of lines: last July 2014 while having a shower, I noticed two enlarged lymph nodes below my left axila, a couple of months later a biopsy was made to it and proved cancerous....so the story began. They never found the tumor in my breast, only a benign one, something like sclerosing adenosis with papiloma cells, but not invasive cancer. So, as it seems, I had what is called "occult brest cancer". I had a Pathological Complete Response to chemo, so after it, in the path report after the surgery, it stated: 0 from 20 nodes had cancer, nor were invasive cancer cells found in the breast, but fibrosis scar tissue was found in 3 of the 20 nodes, so I guess it is considered that the cancer had reached these 3 nodes. But in the path report what is stated is, 0 from 20 nodes positive, which made me really happy the moment I read it! By the way, the size of the nodes that were enlarged before starting chemo reduced, but they didn't get back to normal, so I (and my onc too) thought tumour would still be found after the operation, but fortunately, everything was clean:-)! So I was not completely sure now if I have to put in my details in this web 3 nodes, or 0?

Really really hope to be able to write here in some time and give hope to newbies in the way I find it reading your stories!

Hugs to all from Spain! And all the very very best to all of us!

Kate

PCR to chemo before surgery, 0 nodes out of 20 had residual BC! Dx 7/15/2014, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 10/24/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/4/2015 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 1, 2015 05:34AM KaterinaP wrote:

To QueenSansaS:

Very glad for you and love the phrase in your signature!!!: There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer

PCR to chemo before surgery, 0 nodes out of 20 had residual BC! Dx 7/15/2014, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 10/24/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/4/2015 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 1, 2015 05:35AM KaterinaP wrote:

Happy for you Lago, too! And for all the others that come here to share!


Katerina

PCR to chemo before surgery, 0 nodes out of 20 had residual BC! Dx 7/15/2014, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 10/24/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/4/2015 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 2, 2015 09:27AM CentralCoast wrote:

hello stage 2 b....I am going to my oncologist this week I have had tamoxifen for 3.3 years. Have really suffered with connective issue/torn knees and heat. I have taken 1 month off of tamoxifen and the difference is quite remarkable. Would like very much to stop....but the alternatives are daunting. Has anyone had experience with arimidex or aromasin? I ask because I know that having experience with the alternative aromatase is surely important. So she will either continue with tamoxifen for the full 5 or switch to the others....thanks in advance

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Sep 2, 2015 09:55AM shadylady1 wrote:

I was 5 years out from diagnosis on May 13th.  I am continuing on Tamoxifen although I have been officially menopausal for 5 years - no menstrual cycle after my first chemo treatment/hormonal levels reflect post menopausal.  I am continuing on with Tamoxifen for 10 years - it will be 5 years Jan 1, 2016.  I have gained an enormous amount of weight since treatment and I am going to have gastric sleeve surgery in December.  My doctor doesn't want to move to a AI because of the complications and I am doing well on Tamoxifen.  Praying for all of us "survivors" that we continue to make progress and find a cure!

Dx 5/13/2010, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/4/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/9/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2010 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 2, 2015 05:56PM lago wrote:

I never started with Tamoxifen although was peri-menopausal when I started chemo. My last cycle was 2 weeks prior to chemo. I started with Anastrozole (3 years). I finally had enough with the SE and took a break to see if it was from the drug. It was. Switched to Exemestane April 2014. Doing better on it. April 2016 will make 5 years total for me. My MO is more than hinting at 5 more years. She considers me high risk due to tumor size (I didn't have any node involvement).

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 9, 2015 04:19PM MzzHope wrote:

Hi gals!Great thread!Still here ,loving life.😍Still taking Femara ,was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and had to have one of my implants replaced. ...but other that that all has been well!

~Hope Dx 1/14/2007, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 17, 2015 02:44PM - edited Oct 17, 2015 02:45PM by TNcricket

Well, since I have 'mixed' treatment (medical and alternative) and since I am 4 1/2 years since my dx and feeling very well. I may be the oldest here (?) at 66 yrs. old when dx of lobular breast cancer and since I had not looked up any other options at the time I gave in to having chemotherapy with very dramatic outcome sending me to the emergency room 5 times and 3 of those time admitted. So, after all that I opted to go "alternative" and fight this disease with mainly juicing (carrots) and various supplements. So there is life after death...cause my family thought I was going to die at the hospital. Of course, getting out of the hospital I immediately started recovering my health by getting my immune system up and working. Today, I am still doing good, weight level and good for me, eating everything under the sun (85% veggies) and happy to see you all here working hard at 'your recovery' :-) I never did get a mastectomy to this day. Yes, still have the 'lumpy' left breast and am living with it! Maybe this is a first here....let me know if anyone else alive and well (feeling well?) even though they opted not to go the medical way, after terrible outcome in the beginning. I have a facebook page so look me up and see my Profile of what my experience was and why I quit. I still juice but every other day now, eat a Giant Salad every day, and right now having trouble staying away from sugar! Go figure...after all those years feeding my four kids sweets (candy, cake, pie, homemade stuff!!!), and now I have a "sweet tooth". We ALL know (?) that Sugar feeds Cancer, right? That was part of my education of this yucky disease and so reading here to stay encouraged to Keep Going with You All :-) Yes, I am 70 1/2 years old now...and enjoy living!

Dx 4/6/2011, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 5/15/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Oct 18, 2015 11:00AM lago wrote:

Sugar feeds all cells. It is needed for all cell survival but best to get it naturally from foods like fruit.

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Dec 21, 2015 01:20PM ducky113 wrote:

Stage IIb...4 1/2 years out. Looking forward to 5 this June. However, my ONC said that since I am ER/PR Pos, that the chances don't significantly decrease at 5 years, that you always will have a 2% chance of reoccurrence. Anyone hear any more about this?

Dx 5/2011, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/2/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/1/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/19/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/23/2012 Surgery 8/30/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/7/2012 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Surgery 2/4/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 4/8/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 12/17/2013
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Jan 24, 2016 01:18PM badger wrote:

hi, stage IIB and six years out. Was diagnosed Dec 2009, had bilateral mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy Feb 2010, six rounds of TC chemo March - June 2010, started on tamox July 2010 and did 5 years, been on aromatase inhibitor (AI) anaztrozole since last summer. I see onc every six months and get basic blood work once a year. No scans except a baseline bone density test before starting the AI. So far so good. Wishing you all the best! ♥

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 25, 2016 09:54AM CinD wrote:

Hi all, another stage IIB here diagnosed October 2009. When I was feeling scared, I posted on this thread back in 2011 thanking those who let us know they were over 5 years out. Now I'm back as one of those with six years under my belt. Take care all!

Lt Lump then Lt MX + AND, OncotypeDX Score 11 Distant Rate 8%, TCx4, Tamox Dx 10/26/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 25, 2016 12:42PM LovingIsLiving wrote:

This thread gives me great hope! Thank you all for posting your stories and I wish you all many more years (decades!) of being cancer free.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalms 27:1). The stats below are mine. ♥ My brother lost his fight against breast cancer on Feb 27, 2017 ♥ Dx 10/1/2015, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/10/2015 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 29, 2016 09:40PM - edited Apr 29, 2016 09:41PM by LizM

I was diagnosed in 2005 with stage IIb, 2 cm with 1 positive node. I also threw the kitchen sink at my cancer with bi-lateral, chemo, rads, oophorectomy, and 10 years of Femara ending in August of this year. So far so good. I remember quite well coming here looking for long term survivors with my diagnosis, and I see there are many of us. It is very important for newbies to hear from us as it gives them comfort and hope - I know it did me.

Dx 9/19/2005, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 30, 2016 08:59AM Colt45 wrote:

LizM,

Bless you for returning to show us that the hope is real. There are so many people doing well. It's nice to be reminded of that.

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 21, 2016 05:51PM Nightnurse wrote:

In 2012, I was convinced that I wouldn't make it past a year. This year, I am 4 years out! And NED as well! I have battle scars, physically and mentally (chemobrain), but I have made it this far. I plan on being here for my 5th, 10th, and beyond anniversaries!!

Kitten

Kitten Dx 3/30/2012, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 6/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 5/23/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 8/14/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/14/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 23, 2016 06:40PM lago wrote:

Congrats to everyone here. I'm coming up on 6 years! Just finished my 5 years on ESD. (We decided not to do the 10 years due to SE I'm dealing with… but if study results do come out that might change).

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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May 30, 2016 11:07AM Houston2016 wrote:

Liz, good for you. I would like to know did you adopt any particular change in your diet and lifestyle as part of your longevity? I want to be on a plant based diet when treatment is over but wonder if anyone has positive experience in hope of prevent their recurrence. Thanks for any inputs and hope for many more healthy years ahead for everyone.

Dx 4/5/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/14/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 10/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/12/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall

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