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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Jul 22, 2003 01:56PM Gypsypet wrote:

My mother-in-law was dx in the 80's (sorry, don't have the full info), had a mast, 5 years on Tomoxafin (sp) when (from what I've been told) it was in trials (I may be wrong). Great lady, doing well, even if her mind isn't... but she's someone I look up to...

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Jul 25, 2003 04:43PM DeeSkye wrote:

I hopped over from the newly diagnosed. I had to go to the dentist this morning. He told me about his grandmother getting BC in both breasts at the age of 66. She had bilateral masts and lived for 22 years. He told me he never saw her
looking "blue". She never looked back. She lived each day to the fullest.
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Jul 25, 2003 04:46PM DeeSkye wrote:

I hopped over from the newly diagnosed. I had to go to the dentist this morning. He told me about his grandmother getting BC in both breasts at the age of 66. She had bilateral masts and lived for 22 years. He told me he never saw her
looking "blue". She never looked back. She lived each day to the fullest.
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Jul 26, 2003 04:33AM maywin wrote:

My mom's best friend just passed away at age 84 of Alzheimer's. She had a mastectomy the year I graduated from high school-1972! Another of my mom's friends had a mastectomy about 20 years ago and she's perky as can be at age 78! Neither of them had chemo or radiation as it wasn't given back then. When we refinanced our mortgage in April I had just started chemo and the loan officer (whom I had known for ten years) told me she had bc twenty years ago at ago 42 and just a mastectomy. Obviously she is still doing fine. She also said that she had had a big tumor, too. So many women have had bc and I was unaware of it. Oh yes, a fellow PTO member at my son's high school told me she was having reconstruction this year-she had her mastectomy 13 years ago and was just getting around to it.

Dx 2/25/2003, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 26, 2003 05:03AM sully wrote:

My grandmother (dad's mom) had bc in the early 60's and lived to be 82. She had a mastamoy back then. She did have a reaccurance at the age of 80, but that's not what she died from.

Dawn
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Jul 26, 2003 05:53AM carmelle wrote:

me again,
my aunt from Ohio (not blood related)
told me on the phone that her mom had BC 70 years ago and had a mastectomy before she was born! then she passed away 25+ years later from somethng else.
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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Aug 5, 2003 01:11PM Sachi wrote:

A woman I went to college with was just honored by a local BMW dealer. She'd had BC 11 years ago (when she was 35) and she's doing and looking great!

Barb
Sachi
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Aug 11, 2003 04:27AM carmelle wrote:

Posting to the top again. Hoping for more good news.
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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Aug 11, 2003 03:49PM Pomey555 wrote:

My friend got BC when she was 30.
Just had a lumpectomy (no chemo, no rads). 1 child and 19 years later is doing fabulous!!
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Aug 11, 2003 04:02PM dlm wrote:

God Bless you all for this site, it will be the first i go to from now on. I was a little down but after those uplifting stories I just kicked myself and said see with God all things are possible, enough of the sad stuff thanks for the shot in the heart

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