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 02:41PM

Posted on: Jun 23, 2003 02:41PM

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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Feb 23, 2004 12:50PM LucieB wrote:

I'm loving this thread. My grandmother had breast cancer with lumpectomy and radiation when she was in her 60s and lived to be 86. Also a co-worker's mother had a double mastectomy (cancer in both) when she was in her early 70s and lived to the ripe old age of 93. When I get down, I think of these two women in particular.

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Feb 24, 2004 04:24PM Uunicorn wrote:

Hi This is a great thread! It gives all hope.
I am a five year survivor. Just had a mamogram and all is clear. I hope i'lll be one of the little old ladies dying of something else!! [Smile]
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Feb 24, 2004 06:24PM heidiho wrote:

My grandmother was diagnosed in her late sixties or early seventies (early 1980's) & had a mastectomy. I first saw her again about 10 years later and wondered why she was getting radiation treatments so long after her surgery. At the time, she said something about having "a positive lymph node"--I didn't really know what it meant at that time. But every time I'm agonizing about my OWN situation (6 months after treatment) and my own (one) positive lymph node...I remember that she lived to be 88 years old, more or less 17 years after her own diagnosis, dying of non-related cardiac causes.

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Feb 25, 2004 04:59AM Boo wrote:

Hi all, just thought I'd add mine to the list. Haven't been here for some time - too busy living a busy life!
BC at age 35 with 2 young kids, worried about not seeing them grow-up, and grandkids etc... Now, almost 4 yrs later I feel great and have stopped letting b/c ruin my life. Finnaly accepting my body for the way it is after dbl mast. w/implants. and early menopause. Worst lasting side effect has been the "power surgesses" (hot flashes), but since switching to Femara have had less, and less intense too. To all feeling blue today - hang in there, keep your sense of humor, be positive, and tell yourself you will BEAT IT!
Best wishes to all,
Boo
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Mar 1, 2004 08:37AM Sachi wrote:

We can't let this thread escape! There are so many great stories here!

Barb
Sachi
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Mar 1, 2004 11:49AM jeng wrote:

My wonderful aunt just celebrated her 70th birthday. This is remarkable because she was DX 22 years ago with TERMINAL ovarian cancer. (I know this is a BC site but this is amazing). She had chemo for over a year (administered on a 3 day in-patient basis back then) and her insides were cooked - but...she beat the odds.

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Mar 1, 2004 11:53AM Tinkerbell03 wrote:

So nice to read positive things!! Someday, I hope to come back to this thread & tell my success story!!

Although, soon it will be 1 year since diagnosis and that's success in itself...

Ann
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Mar 2, 2004 03:38AM Veryhopeful wrote:

We all have to believe in miracles - they really do happen! Medical science can do a lot..... but can only do so much.

I LOVE reading all the stories! Keep 'em coming.

Hugs,

Savannah
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Mar 2, 2004 10:50AM - edited Nov 30, 2010 09:04AM by denisa

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Mar 2, 2004 10:57AM mpaulsen wrote:

I just posted on the metatstic board how depressed I was feeling. What a wonderful thread - gives me hope!

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