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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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Oct 18, 2017 12:53PM - edited Oct 18, 2017 12:54PM by Runnermum

Love these stories! Need to share our families success story...my maternal grandma first diagnosed with breast cancer in right breast in 1970. Had a masectomy. 13 years later in 1983, found cancer in left breast. She was 64 at this time. Again had a masectomy. No chemo, rads, etc. either time. My Grandma lived to age 93! And passed away from old age in 2011. She was stubborn and feisty and so am I! ;)

Dx 4/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Surgery Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 2, 2017 12:46AM live_deliciously wrote:

awesome. Stay stubborn and fiesty. Keep the beast at bay....

Dx 12/2014, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/15/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/23/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/5/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Afinitor (everolimus)
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Dec 14, 2017 09:46AM ToughCookie101 wrote:

Thank you all! I was recently diagnosed at 33, these are the kinds of boards I need to stick to

Diagnosed at 33 after finding my lump myself. Had to stop chemo after round 3 due to repeatedly ending up febrile neutropenic and developing neuropathy. Now on to ABCSG12 treatment (hormone therapy and Zometa). Dx 11/15/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/1/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/4/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 9/1/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jan 1, 2018 06:27PM DxAt37 wrote:

that’s the best thread yet!

I am newly diagnosed and it gave me so much hope

To Infinity and Beyond!
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Jan 2, 2018 03:12AM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Tough cookie

I agree, stick to the positive boards. Some of the boards can scare the crap out of you and while I hate to say it some can just be so negative.. I love the long time survivor boards, only wish more would post on them as they do give me so much help. But as others have said many long termers are out there living life and just don't think about these boards anymore .

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 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jan 18, 2018 11:05PM Nico1012 wrote:

bumping for the newbies . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 20, 2018 03:41PM - edited Jan 20, 2018 04:35PM by ButterflyLily

So glad I found this thread! It has been my lifeline since I was diagnosed this past November. I'm 40 yrs old. Thank you ladies for all the encouraging stories. It's helped me so much. Heart

Dx 11/18/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/11/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/9/2018 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jan 22, 2018 03:40AM stephilosphy00 wrote:

Love this post!! I was dx at 29 now I am almost 31. I am planning to live at least another 30 years!

Dx at 29. Original mass 2.5 cm. Biopsy MRI and PET/CT confirmed 1 node involved. Ki-67 score 7.5%. ER100% PR100%. Genetic testing negative. Restaged to stage IIA post surgery. Chose to do 6 cycles of Xeloda to prevent recurrence!! Dx 11/9/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/17/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 5/20/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 7/11/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 7/12/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 4/3/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jan 28, 2018 03:50PM ButterflyLily wrote:

stephilosophy00, i love your positive attitude and I intend to adopt the same approach.

We have similar DX and treatment. I'm starting AC+T on Feb 9th, 2018. Can you please let me know how how SE's were. Were you able to continue daily activities, work etc?

Hugs


Dx 11/18/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/11/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/9/2018 AC + T (Taxol)
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Feb 4, 2018 01:22AM ButterflyLily wrote:

just spoke to a friend of mine I hadn't seen for quite some time and told her about my Dx. She immediately told me about another friend of hers who was dx with BC 12 years ago and did 2 lumpectomies and chemo when she was 34 years old. She is 46 now and was recently officially declared by her doctors in remission and "cured".

Dx 11/18/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/11/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/9/2018 AC + T (Taxol)
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Feb 13, 2018 12:29AM PVM wrote:

Hi ladies thought i would jump in here, i just finished my cancer treatment & at this point i am in remission & scared of the dreaded C coming back, i think its a fear alot of us go through. I went today for a fitting for a LE sleeve for LE prevention as again cancers gift is that some people end up with LE & others don't. When i was talking to the lady that did the fitting she told me about her mom that was over 20 years cancer survivor with 6 poss nodes. She said her mom died of natural causes not the dreaded C coming back. She also told me that she has alot of ladies that go for fittings there that have had poss nodes & the dreaded C has not come back. She told me don't stress yourself over what you cannot control & live your life. I know easier said than done but seeing those wonderful success stories gives me hope.

Chemo - FEC D / Tamoxifen / Stage III Dx 3/1/2017, Right, 6cm+, 8/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/3/2017 FAC Surgery 10/2/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Feb 20, 2018 02:11AM Adelozier wrote:

bump

Dx 5/2/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 21, 2018 07:58PM Carmelle wrote:

Hi, I began this thread in 2003. It is 2018...my babies are now growing up and finishing high school. I forget 99% of the time and when I remember it doesn't hurt or contain fear. Many of my friends from bc.org are doing great although we move on from boards. Just a stop in for a big hug on my 15 year anniversary of diagnosis (although i had lump 3 years prior)!. You can do this. Also I work in healthcare production...so many fantastic things in BC, new treatments all the time, non toxic, women in metastatic stage being treated as chronic. that wasnt the case in 2003. xoxo

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 21, 2018 08:25PM Joyseeker wrote:

Thank you Carmell....for the hope ❤️

Dx 9/14/2017, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/19/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/24/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Chemotherapy 12/27/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Feb 21, 2018 08:50PM stephilosphy00 wrote:

Thank you so much!! You ladies are awesome!!

Dx at 29. Original mass 2.5 cm. Biopsy MRI and PET/CT confirmed 1 node involved. Ki-67 score 7.5%. ER100% PR100%. Genetic testing negative. Restaged to stage IIA post surgery. Chose to do 6 cycles of Xeloda to prevent recurrence!! Dx 11/9/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/17/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 5/20/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 7/11/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 7/12/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 4/3/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy Zoladex (goserelin)
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Feb 22, 2018 02:10AM Falconer wrote:

Carmell, it's nice to read your annual check in. Thanks!!
Strong is the new strong. Dx at 45. Onco 16. Monthly Lupron shots Nov. 2016-December 2017 Dx 7/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/2016, DCIS, Left, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/30/2017 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 23, 2018 02:54PM Adelozier wrote:

  • bump
Dx 5/2/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 24, 2018 07:34PM ButterflyLily wrote:

Carmelle - thank you for starting this post and I'm so glad it's still going strong 15 years later. It has given me so much courage and hope!

Btw found our my coworker'e neighbor is close to 20 years survivor and her aunt is over 10 years out now. Both living their lives.

Hugs to all of you strong and beatuful ladies!

Dx 11/18/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/11/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/9/2018 AC + T (Taxol)
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Feb 24, 2018 08:59PM Moderators wrote:

Thanks for checking back in again Carmelle and for your positive uplifting words.

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Feb 26, 2018 12:57AM Nico1012 wrote:

bumping for Bethany . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 22, 2018 03:21PM Nas wrote:

when I was just diagnosed my colleague called me and invited me to her house for coffee, I was feeling very down and confused at the same time, when I arrived there she introduced me to her mom and aunt, aunt was 15 years stage 3 survivor she was 32 when she was diagnosed and mom was 9 years stage 3 TNBC survivor.. they looked so healthy and happy both, they told me all these stress and anxiety will get better by time, and by the way they both were eating sinly everything, no diet at all😊

Dx 12/5/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 2/7/2018 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 23, 2018 05:29AM ruthbru wrote:

Do what you love; which includes eating what you love! Happy

"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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Mar 23, 2018 07:28PM lilyp6 wrote:

Thank you Nas. I love that story. What an incredible gesture from your colleague! People really struggle with what to do and say, and I'd say that she hit that one out of the park.

Dx 5/25/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/7/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 8/30/2016 AC Surgery 12/2/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/16/2017
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Mar 23, 2018 09:05PM Nas wrote:

lily, my cousin is a 5 year TNsurvivor, she had 14 lymps positive and still doing great and NED😊

Dx 12/5/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 2/7/2018 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 23, 2018 11:01PM lilyp6 wrote:

Oh, wow, Nas. Thank you for sharing that, especially since she was TNBC. As I say, I'm happy to be anywhere, and I like to think about how (relatively) lucky we all are.

Dx 5/25/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/7/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 8/30/2016 AC Surgery 12/2/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/16/2017
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Mar 27, 2018 03:53PM ToughCookie101 wrote:

Thank you for posting that Nas! I was diagnosed late last year at 33, hearing that story put a smile on my face. :)

Diagnosed at 33 after finding my lump myself. Had to stop chemo after round 3 due to repeatedly ending up febrile neutropenic and developing neuropathy. Now on to ABCSG12 treatment (hormone therapy and Zometa). Dx 11/15/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/1/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/4/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 9/1/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Mar 30, 2018 06:19PM - edited Mar 30, 2018 06:21PM by Poobrains

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Apr 16, 2018 12:55PM swimjames wrote:

Has anyone out there, after a lumpectomy, have no recurrences for 10 years or longer??

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Apr 16, 2018 02:03PM Valentina7 wrote:

I have two friends: One 10 years triple negative Stage 3... And one 13 years ago ER+/PR+, Stage 2 (2.5 cm)

Dx 11/27/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/21/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 1/12/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 1/23/2018 3DCRT: Breast
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Apr 16, 2018 10:25PM Meow13 wrote:

My husband's great Aunt had no recurrence after her lumpectomy 40 years ago.

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