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 03:41PM

Posted on: Jun 23, 2003 03:41PM

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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Mar 9, 2004 02:39AM carmelle wrote:

moving to top!

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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Mar 17, 2004 12:57PM Sachi wrote:

Bringing this topic back to the top for everyone to see.

Barb
Sachi
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Mar 17, 2004 01:32PM gh wrote:

I know a fiesty 84 year old woman who was dx when she was 34. She had a mast(no chemo, don't know if she had rads)...and now, 50 YEARS LATER IS STILL CANCER-FREE, never had a reoccurance!!!!!! Her son (who became a minister) now teases her because sometimes she forgets to wear her prostesis to church! Again..50 YEARS CANCER FREE!

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Mar 18, 2004 04:35AM jeng wrote:

Wow!!! What a great story! Interesting, in part because BC was so "in the closet" way back when. Ladies were afraid to touch themselves. I had a great aunt that feared cancer all her life and when she found a lump she was too embarassed to go to the doctor. You can imagine her outcome.
Question - were diagnosis' 50 years ago reliable? Did they look at lumps and really know they were cancer?
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Mar 23, 2004 12:47PM Catherine wrote:

No one talked about breast cancer 50 years ago. Mammograms were the usual norm too. My grandmother said that they told her they'd do the biopsy and remove the breast, if necessary. She woke up without a breast. Gram never had reconstruction. She just bought a prosthesis. She worked at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago for 30 years. They forced her to retire at age 80. She worked as a volunteer for other women who had surgery. One woman said, "You can tell by looking at you that you never had a sick day in your life." And Gram would tell them she was also a survivor. She said a lot of the women were happy to see that she was doing so well and that it gave them hope for their own circumstances.

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Mar 31, 2004 04:26PM Sachi wrote:

moving this back to the top. Its such a great thread - we don't want it lost.

B
Sachi
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Apr 5, 2004 03:44PM Sachi wrote:

ditto

Sachi
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Apr 8, 2004 07:34PM rosebudd wrote:

Back to the top you go! Rosebudd

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Apr 8, 2004 07:54PM Not_Me wrote:

I want to come back here and post my story thirty years or even fifty years from now. Heck, I can't wait to post 1 year from now. I have just completed radiation 26 tx today. I am feeling great and even ran 3 miles afterwards. All I can say is...you go women...we are strong!

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Apr 9, 2004 05:07AM jeng wrote:

A lady in my support group has a 75 year old mom who was DX at age 35. I especially like the stories of women dx young that live on with no recurrance. I was so happy she told me about her mom.

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