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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 04:41PM

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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Oct 24, 2003 03:37AM runner1 wrote:

When I was in hospital for my mastectomy, a wonderful lady came by to see me (she was from a wonderful organization but I can't recall the name!!!). They obviously matched me with someone with a similiar diagnosis as she had one positive node and a mast on one breast as did I. Anyway, she was an 8 year survivor and had experienced no problems at all, either with a recurrance, new cancer or lymphadema. Her visit was so helpful...she looked so healthy and was very upbeat and positive.

-Sandy
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Oct 24, 2003 10:31AM dunner1 wrote:

I LOVE THIS THREAD!!!!!!!! I was diagnosed with Stage 3 b/c back in Feb (w/lymph nodes involved) and some day my name will be mentioned on this thread b/c I plan on seeing my son grow old with me. During my ordeal I rec.'d numerous cards/letters, here's a quote from one, "Maureen called me a few days ago to tell me about your b/c . I too was operated on for b/c 27yrs ago at age 41. Our children were 15, 8 and 5 yrs old. Several of my lymph nodes were also cancerous. During the yr. of chemo I relied heavily on the doctors, my family and God being there by my side. As I look back I realize how God influenced all of these aspects working together." God be with each and every one of you. Keep the stories coming!!!! Kathy

Dx 2/5/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 24, 2003 09:50PM swannie wrote:

A friend's mom had breast cancer 23 years ago - radical mastectomy and radiation, I think. I know she didn't have chemo. She had a local recurrance in the skin on her scar about 7 years in and had it removed and definitely radiation that time. She has been cancer free for 16 years since then!

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Oct 30, 2003 07:02AM shelliks wrote:

I have not seen this thread before today! I was dx'd 9/22/03 during a axillary lymph node excision, but am having pre-op Taxotere to clean me up a bit before surgery, so I have no idea how many more positive lymph nodes, but I do have a palbable (very small) supraclavicular lymph node (bummer).

BUT, my mom was dx'd in 1980 with metaplastic bc (rare and aggressive). She did not have lymph node involvement. She is a 24 year survivor with no recurrence. She had a radical mastectomy and chemo.
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Oct 30, 2003 07:10AM scootersmom wrote:

If any of you want to read a sucess story against all the odds, read Lance Armstrong's book "It is not about the bike". My attitude stunk when I was first diagnosed and my brother bought me this book and I saw how terrible I was being. This man beat all the odds. Now he had testicular cancer, but still. He really went through it.

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Nov 7, 2003 04:50AM JulieK wrote:

Great thread, thanks. That said, there was never any doubt in my mind that I'm going to live to an old age, with or more likely without my boobs.

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Nov 10, 2003 02:45PM Joan1212 wrote:

My son-in-law works for a law firm and I asked him to e-mail me a synopsis of one of the senior partners. This sounds like a miracle. I want to share this with you. I have to add that the plane flights were a nightmare as he had naseau, etc. I believe this man is in his late 50"s or early 60's

My son-in-laws e-mail follows:

He had malignant melanoma on the retina of his eye. They call this "Ocular Melanoma." He had the option about 6-7 yrs. ago when he was diagnosed to either have his eye removed or to take it out at surgery, put a radioactive seed over the melanoma, and to put the eye back. He opted for the latter.

He passed by 5 or 6 years with a clean bill of health. Earlier this year, he had abdominal symptoms. The doctors finally determined that the melanoma metastasized to his liver, and that 80% of his liver was cancerous. He was given about 6 months to live.

After getting a variety of opinions, he went to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD to take part in an experimental study. 6 months later, his 80% liver involvement is now down to 1%, and that might (or might not) even still be regressing.

Too early to call it a cure, but he wasn't expected to last until Christmas.

Joan
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Nov 14, 2003 06:15AM Joan1212 wrote:

Here is the follow up on my "success story". This is in the IndyStar today.

Click on this site and read the details of this "incredible story"

http://www.indystar.com/articles/5/092646-6765-009.html


Joan
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Nov 14, 2003 11:25PM sgolden wrote:

That is a very cool and inspiring story. Just the reason I say statistics are just statistics, not people. Thank you so much for this post.

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Nov 28, 2003 05:16PM Carmelle wrote:

moving to the 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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Nov 28, 2003 06:40PM nycmom wrote:

Happy Rockefeller, Betty Ford, Betty Rollin (author of First You Cry) think their b.c. was closer to 30 yrs ago and all are alive.

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Dec 6, 2003 07:09AM shazza35 wrote:

Hey every1, wat a fab idea, to tell all about the success stories we know about and not to dwell on all the bad stories we're so often told about!

I have such a story.
My maternal Aunt had b.c approx 25yrs ago. She is now in her early 80's and is as fit as any1 else her age! She hasn't had any recurrences either!

I just hope that I end up like her!
It's very uplifting to know that there is so many survivors out there. It gives me hope and I'm sure every1 else who is newly diagnosed, for the future. It doesn't have to be the death sentence that it used to be!

Keep up the fight!


Shazza x
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Dec 8, 2003 05:41AM jeng wrote:

The lady that owns the wig shop in town had BC in 1971! No further problems! She was a hairdresser prior to dx and found a need and filled it. Such compassion for me when I had to shop for my new hair. It was great to hear of her long term - no recurrance- survival as such a scary time for me.

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Dec 8, 2003 07:42AM Lorrie wrote:

I worked with a couple ladies who had breast cancer over 25 years ago. They had mastectomies and radiation and are doing fine. Also my mom lives in senior apt. where many women are survivors from breast cancer of over 25 years. I don't know details of their stories...but it certainly is uplifting and with all the new and improved treatments we have had, I feel reassured that we will all be telling our stories 20, 30, and 40 years from now! My best to all of you.

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Dec 8, 2003 12:42PM Joan1212 wrote:

I lived in a surburban area of Long Island, NY 18 years ago, which had and still has a high rate of breast cancer.
I had a large group of friends that had mastectomy's, ..one night we went out for dinner out of 6 couples, 4 of my girl friends had breast cancer...(there were many more in our area that weren't there that night ....Happy to report all of the dinner group are alive and well today, along with the large majority of the ones that weren't there for dinner.
Oddly enough, when I found out I had it, I think I took it "too" lightly.

Good Luck to us all,
Hugs,
Joan
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Dec 12, 2003 06:28AM kobie wrote:

Great post! It seems you only hear about the problems , it's so refreshing and uplifting to hear about the successes. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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Dec 23, 2003 05:41AM Sachi wrote:

Hi everyone - I just wanted to bump my favorite thread back up to the top.

Merry Christmas !!!

Barb
Sachi
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Jan 8, 2004 09:11AM jg wrote:

My friend's mother in law had a bi-lat mast 20 years ago, no chemo or rads and NO recurrance.

My sis was dx bout 7-8 years ago, had bi-lat mast w/no other treatment. Dx with bone mets the next year. She had planned her funeral, told everyone good-bye, took a trip she had put off for years.
Well, when I talked to her last week she was starting a new chemo and telling me about her latest grandkid. Moral of the story, don't start giving away your things too soon!!!
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Jan 8, 2004 03:07PM mcoder wrote:

My mother was diagnosed with BC when she was 65, this Feb. she will be 77 and still going strong!!
Karen
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Jan 18, 2004 05:39PM lmware wrote:

I wanted to move this to the top - I'm in need of some uplifting stories about node positive people!!

Lisa
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Jan 18, 2004 06:08PM sams_mom wrote:

My husband's distant cousin was in her 30s when she was diagnosed. She had a radical mastectomy (not sure if there was even any chemo or radiation back then. She's in her 80s now. And her daughter is an oncologist.

Dx 10/2/2003, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 23, 2004 05:39AM Sachi wrote:

Hi everyone! I worked with a woman yesterday whose mother had BC 30 years ago. She's 72 now and doing great!

Barb
Sachi
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Jan 23, 2004 07:27AM lorac wrote:

Thanks, Barb - Let's keep this one going!
Carol
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Jan 23, 2004 05:16PM NYCarol wrote:

I met a woman on Tuesday who was a secretary in an opthomoligist's office who has had bone mets from BC for 8 1/2 years and she is doing great! Currently she is on Femera only although she has previously been on chemo for over 8 years. I assume with changes and breaks, but we didn't discuss that. 8 1/2 years, working and looking great!

Carol
Dx 4/2002, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jan 23, 2004 10:41PM yasamira wrote:

I was diagnosed on August 13, 2003 (about 5.5 months ago.) My tumor was 5cm with at least 2 positive nodes.

I went through 8 chemos and after the 2nd round the tumor was nowhere to be felt.

Lumpectomy and 12 nodes out showed no cancer anywhere. Not just clear margins, no cancer!

I'm going through radiation at present. Happy to say I'm cancer free.

Best,

Kiwihead Julie
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Jan 29, 2004 04:40PM WendiLou wrote:

Just moving this back up to the top!
Wendy
Dx'd 3/03 age 34, IDC stage IIb/IIIa. 7 areas cancer L breast. 3 found by tests(MRI) before mast rest at path. 5/14 + nodes, ER/PR+ Her2- grade 3
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Feb 4, 2004 02:37PM Sachi wrote:

I went looking for my favorite thread and it had escaped to the 2nd page!!! Well, we can't have that. Just thought I'd add that I subbed in my daughter's school today with a woman who is 5 years out from her diagnosis.

Back to the front with you, thread!!!

Barb
Sachi
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Feb 12, 2004 03:09PM Sachi wrote:

Back to the top with this thread!

B
Sachi
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Feb 14, 2004 04:24PM rosebudd wrote:

I just met a woman yesterday who was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago. She had a 9cm tumor with 6 positive nodes. She had a recurrence in the bone and then 5 years ago a recurrence in the liver. She had radiation on the liver twice and the cancer was gone. She is not taking any chemo and is cancer free and loving life!

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Feb 23, 2004 02:40PM Carmelle wrote:

i liked the last story alot! moving this to the front for any newcomers to see.

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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