Topic: Success Stories!

Forum: Who or What Inspires You? — Share your personal story, diagnosis, and treatment path, and stories of survival, hope, and success to encourage and inspire others!

Posted on: Jun 23, 2003 12:41PM

Posted on: Jun 23, 2003 12:41PM

carmelle wrote:

Every now and then I read a post on this forum that talks about somebody who has lived a long time with disease. I know there have even been threads with many node positive success stories and stage IV survival stories.
These have been the most uplifting influences for me on my journey.
In a world of breast cancer where medical staff are so reluctant to offer hope and even we ourselves cannot always see the light I think it would be great to have a compilation of good stories that we could put in our drawer and take out for those days when the "scared" comes out too strongly.Then read just enough to spark that hope again.
I am trying to put together these stories in a booklet format and would love it if anybody could email me stories they know that can shed light on our path.
Here is my email: carmelle@bwr.eastlink.ca
I would love to hear from you.
Michelle

update: 02/23/03
glad to see all the stories. just wanted to say that the booklet idea was just an idea. i think the posts do a great job on their own don't you?
let's keep this to the front if we can for any new people to read or add to. barb, you are excellent for not letting this get lost.
Yesterday is History... Tomorrow is Mystery...Today is a gift. Dx 3/7/2003, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 25, 2003 06:02AM Andie wrote:

My mom was diagnosed at 6o, had a masectomy and nothing else. She is a healthy 85 yr. old.
Andie
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Jun 25, 2003 07:24AM Sunshine wrote:

My cousin had BC when she was 30 something. She is now in her 90's and is and has been cancer-free ever since.

My sister-in-law's mother is a 15 year survivor of inflammatory bc. Back then they did a mast and told patients that they had 6-9 months to live and that's that. She was the landmark case to do the chemo first then mast. She is still alive, despite fighting (and winning) bouts with another BC, colon cancer and liver cancer. She now how a clean bill of health. My true hero.
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Jun 25, 2003 05:31PM Sachi wrote:

My mom's friend was diagnosed 40 years ago before all this fancy chemo stuff. She had a bilateral mastectomy, is now 80 years old and looks fantastic. She's very active and healthy. I think of her when I get down.

Barb
Sachi
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Jun 25, 2003 05:52PM Sphynx wrote:

My grandmother was born in 1875 and had one breast removed at the age of 50, around 1925. She died in 1974, 6 months before her 100th birthday. Can you imagine the kind of surgery available in 1925?

Dx 2/28/2003, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 30, 2003 09:32PM runner1 wrote:

I don't have any success stories to contribute but just wanted to say I think this is a wobderful idea! I'll find this very helpful on days that I don't feel very optomistic! Thanks Carmelle!

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Jul 1, 2003 10:50AM Catherine wrote:

My grandmother's friend was a tiny lady about 4'11". She loved saying, "My doctors gave me six weeks to live and I outlived every one of them." She had a mastectomy, colonoscopy and numerous other surgeries, but she stayed feisty as ever and died in her 90's. She was a real character and I think that's what kept her going.

My grandmother herself was given several weeks to live when she had BC and died 20 years later of leukemia at age 80.

My other grandmother had a mastectomy in the mid-60s and died at age 96. Nothing slowed her down and she worked full time until she was 80. My brother used to tell her dirty jokes and she'd come back with jokes even worse than hers. I loved that. It's important to keep a good sense of humor. Otherwise you just want to cry!
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Jul 1, 2003 11:44AM carmelle wrote:

I thought of one too. My surgeon had to tell me over the phone about my positive lymph nodes and I tried to take it really well but she knew I was scared.
She confessed to me that her mom had a bilateral mastectomy many years previously (when she/dr was a teenager)with no other treatment. She died of old age at 86.
She also shared with me that "most women dx with BC will die of something else". I cling to that line when I need it.
Michelle
Yesterday is History... Tomorrow is Mystery...Today is a gift. Dx 3/7/2003, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 1, 2003 11:48AM Sachi wrote:

Carmelle,

Thanks for starting this thread. I think it will be one of the first ones I check every day.

Barb
Sachi
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Jul 3, 2003 06:27AM marcoarea wrote:

I agree with the others. Great thread!
My Mom had bc in 1980. She had an ugly mastectomy, no reconstruction, chemo, and rads. She is now a VERY healthy 84years old, minus one breast.
Love and Hugs,
Sharon
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Jul 10, 2003 02:37AM Sachi wrote:

I went to a wonderful store yesterday to buy my first prosthesis. Everyone there was a BC survivor. The lady who helped me had a mastectomy 20 years ago and the other woman I chatted with had used the same surgeon I did 21 years ago. I figure when I'm ready for therapy I'll just go hang out at that store!

Barb
Sachi

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