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Topic: Success Stories!

Forum: Biographies and Inspiring Stories —

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 08:41PM

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 24, 2017 12:09AM ruthbru wrote:

Congratulations, Carmelle!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 25, 2017 12:39PM Carmelle wrote:

You will be Falconer. Enjoy every day with your family. HUGS


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 2, 2017 04:36AM ladyb1234 wrote:

Congratulations Carmelle!

Once or twice in our lives, we are given the chance to find out just how much inner strength we possess. Usually we find we have far more than we ever imagined. (Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me). Dx 6/9/2014, IDC, Left, Grade 2, 8/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary
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Apr 1, 2017 06:25PM Nico1012 wrote:

Congratulations Carmelle! I am 9 years out and living the life of my dreams. As Carmelle said, "You can do this." YES, YOU CAN!

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 1, 2017 09:26PM Lucy55 wrote:

Carmelle ..Congrats and thank you for staying this wonderful thread !!

Nico ..Yay ..9 years is wonderful !!

Dx 8/27/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2014
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Apr 3, 2017 02:53AM HoneyBeaw wrote:

All you ladies that are 8-9 yrs out . What secrets do you have you can share . Any special diets, exercise . How do you keep that positive attitude. Does BC still consume your everyday or does that get better ?. Any tips, in-site you can give would be so appreciated .

Thanks

Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Apr 3, 2017 03:26AM - edited Apr 3, 2017 03:31AM by ruthbru

Here are some of my tips: Food, I love food and eat what I want, but I do keep my weight in a normal range and try to eat relatively healthy. Exercise is a great natural mood enhancer and is the biggest non-medical thing you can do to REDUCE your chance of recurrence. I am very, very committed to exercise (if you want to have some exercise buddies, check out the Let's Post Our Daily Exercise thread on the Fitness Forum, a great group of ladies at every stage of treatment & beyond, and every fitness level too). Shop; go buy a new wardrobe, get a new hairstyle/color, when you look good, you do feel better. Travel; go some places you've been wanting to see and do things you've been wanting to do. Commit; sign up for a class, join a choir, learn Chinese, volunteer, when you are busy doing/thinking of other things then there is not as much time to think about cancer. It is also a good time to get OUT of things that you do not want to be doing any more! Schedule worry: decide how much time you will worry about this (one hour a day or whatever) and after that you have to go do something else. Relaxation techniques: I have quite a few Ocean Waves, soft music etc. CDs that I play, also a self hypnosis stress reduction CD that works remarkably well. Other things: I rarely drink alcohol, and if I do indulge, never more than one or, at the most, two drinks in an evening. I also take a daily low dose aspirin, which may reduce recurrence risk (check with your doctor before starting that).

It is weird because at first cancer and thinking about cancer consumes you; but if you are busy living an active and interesting life; one day it will be noon, or bedtime, and you will (much to your surprise) realize that you haven't thought about cancer all that day. And time will eventually give you a physiological distance....kind of like childbirth maybe, I remember that it was painful but I don't remember the pain itself.

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 3, 2017 04:18AM lrwells50 wrote:

This is a great thread!

My mother was diagnosed in 1974 at age 56 and had a radical mastectomy and radiation. 8 years later she had it in the remaining breast, and had another mastectomy. She died at age 86 of complications from COPD. I wish I knew what kind of cancer it was.

Diagnosed at 66, OncotypeDx 24, I think because although I was 100% ER+, I was very weakly PR+ . BARD1 mutation, mother had breast cancer twice. Dx 12/5/2016, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/8/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/19/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 7, 2017 01:32PM Kiascia wrote:

bump

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Apr 16, 2017 01:19AM Nico1012 wrote:

Very wise advice, Ruthbru. Thank You for posting.

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 29, 2017 06:22PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Brenda ~

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 26, 2017 07:20AM Srh242 wrote:

bump

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May 28, 2017 02:35AM - edited May 28, 2017 02:35AM by Nico1012

Thank You, Srh242, it is so important to keep this at the TOP :)


Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 29, 2017 06:59AM - edited Jul 12, 2017 10:37PM by Srh242

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Jun 20, 2017 06:00PM pure0323 wrote:

bump

Dx 7/21/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/9/2011 TAC
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Jul 12, 2017 10:37PM Srh242 wrote:

Bump cause we all need Hop

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Jul 14, 2017 02:50AM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Bumping.............please post your stories


Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 21, 2017 10:08PM Carmelle wrote:

bumping...

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 26, 2017 02:33AM Nico1012 wrote:

Diagnosed in April '08 ~ Stage 3, ER Pos, Her2 Neg, 5 Positive nodes, chemo and rads ~ 9 years out and still going strong! :)

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 28, 2017 02:36AM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Nico

Thank you so much for posting.....its gives us all hope............Me hope of watching my grandbabies grow up

Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 28, 2017 01:39PM Tpralph wrote:

Nici love hearing this and keep going please!

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 4/10/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/18/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 6/28/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jul 28, 2017 01:50PM gepapadop wrote:

thank you all for your posts

please do not forget to mention survivors with many nodes positive

it would be very helpful....

Dx 2/24/2017, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 22/28 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2017 AC + T (Taxotere)
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Aug 1, 2017 07:03PM beach2beach wrote:

Bump for everyone who needs to feel positive on this 1st day of August!

Dx 7/28/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 20, 2017 12:56AM Srh242 wrote:

Bumping up

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Sep 19, 2017 07:43PM Carmelle wrote:

bumping!

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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Sep 26, 2017 08:39PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Conceta ~

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 2, 2017 09:32PM gwendolendenise wrote:

Love this! Every time I feel a little down I come here to read stories. Gives me so much hope! God bless all your ladies

The Devil whispers "You can't withstand the storm" The Warrior replies "I AM THE STORM" Dx 1/10/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/24/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Oct 14, 2017 05:06PM Nico1012 wrote:

gwedolendenise ~ We are all about HOPE here, please stop back and share your SUCCESS story with us!

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 17, 2017 07:42PM AliceS wrote:

Have a neighbor who was Estrogen positive with 19 nodes involved in 1989 (28 years ago). She beat the odds as her doctor reminds her every time she goes for her annual. BUT--statistics ARE getting better and more people ARE beating the odds with new treatments.

Also, have a friend who is HER2 positive, -er -pr (like I am) also known as Her2 neu and stage 4 (15 nodes infected from the beginning) with spots on her liver and in abdomen. She's on Herceptin, Perjeta for life and has rounds of Taxotere twice. Kadcyla only kept her NED the first couple of years (before Perjeta) Diagnosed 2010, right now NED. Her oncologist is the same as mine, but she also goes to MD Anderson every 6 months and has PET scans regularly. Feels great, very positive, involved in many outside interests and volunteering.

Dx 10/2014, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/24 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 10/9/2014, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/24 nodes, ER-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 11/12/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/12/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy
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Oct 17, 2017 08:14PM Tpralph wrote:

Thanks for sharing that Alice!

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 4/10/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/18/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 6/28/2017 AC + T (Taxol)

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