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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 12:41PM

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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Apr 16, 2018 07:31PM ruthbru wrote:

Me.....I'm 11 years out.

"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 21, 2018 11:34AM Tpralph wrote:

anyone with positive nodes?

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) Surgery 11/29/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 1/15/2018 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Apr 21, 2018 01:44PM Lou789 wrote:

i was 5 years clear yesterday yee ha 😃😃

Dx 4/19/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 5/11 nodes, ER+, HER2-
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Apr 26, 2018 03:02PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Anjeanette ~

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 29, 2018 08:36AM SLL101984 wrote:

I was just diagnosed 11 days ago at 33 years old, wjth stage 1 ILC, still in the process of developing a plan for treatment. The initial shock is wearing off and I am surprised at how well my spirits are, and coming across this thread has lifted them that much more! I plan on reading through some more pages later! Thank you to everyone who has gone before, and thank you for sharing your stories!

Dx 4/18/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Apr 29, 2018 10:54AM sgreenarch wrote:

SLL, I keep this one thread open as a favorite, just so I can respond now and then, and also see encouraging stories. I don’t think any of us ever tires of hearing good stories! Wanted to tell you that I was dx w Stage 1 ILC in July of 2010. Almost 8 years later still going strong, thank God. Feeling fine. Took tamoxifen (for me, manageable,) then switched to Femara when the time came (also manageable.) There’s a nice ILC thread here, but my advice is to find a good dr and center that you like (It’s ok to get a few opinions if you want to,) and then feel confident and move forward. Wishing you lots of luck and good health.

Dx 7/20/2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IB, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 24, 2018 06:33AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Brooke . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 24, 2018 12:22PM Meow13 wrote:

I am 7 years out and NED. I had one ilc and one idc but no nodes.

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Jun 19, 2018 11:22PM NWArtLady wrote:

I recall a post around the time I was diagnosed wherein a person asked why there were no long term survivors in this forum and a wise person answered that it was because they were off living their lives. A few did respond and seeing those survivors gave me great hope for my own survival. I decided then to come back every year that I can and let y’all know that I’m still alive and kicking! It’s been 7 years, here’s to (hopefully) many more!

Remember, when you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Churchill

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming... ~Dory
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Jun 20, 2018 01:34AM - edited Jun 20, 2018 01:34AM by PreludeSing

Thank you so much for all the hope! This thread is like my favourite blanket...keeps me warm and safe from cold, dark thoughts. Bless you all 💐💐

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jun 24, 2018 06:02AM Nico1012 wrote:

Thank You for the kind words, PreludeSing. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Carmelle for starting this thread those many years ago and keeping it going.

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 24, 2018 07:44AM PreludeSing wrote:

Yes Nico 😊😊..Thank you Carmelle!!!!!

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jun 27, 2018 09:45PM ToughCookie101 wrote:

My mom was a 9 year survivor when she passed unexpectedly of something else. Otherwise she would have kept thriving! :) She had multi focal (three tumors in one breast), IDC, ER/PR positive. I'll be back in 9 years with many of you ladies to report the same. :)

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 1/31/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/3/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/1/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Sep 7, 2018 08:07AM Carmelle wrote:

bumping for new :) Hugs to all!

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, 2018 06:43AM Adelozier wrote:

Cant stop crying after a reoccurance to my nodes. I could really use these stories. I had a mamoprint and it came back high risk... Im.a young mom and crushed

Dx 5/2/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 4, 2018 05:43PM HeatherPsalm34-4 wrote:

this thread is AMAZING and so encouraging!!! Thanks to all who shared!!!

Dx 6/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 6, 2018 07:45PM Nico1012 wrote:

bumping for Shanell . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 6, 2018 07:51PM nowheregirl wrote:

Don't freak out! Lymph node(s) involvement is NOT a death sentence. I had 2 positive nodes and now am 13 years out.

Dx 7/7/2005, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/8/2005 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 3/10/2006 Surgery 3/22/2006 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 4/7/2006 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/21/2006 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 20, 2018 06:20AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Kay . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 20, 2018 11:00AM Asaka wrote:

bump

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Oct 27, 2018 01:54PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Rose . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 30, 2018 02:04PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Jayla . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 30, 2018 02:06PM rachelcarter35 wrote:

I think the very best antidote to panic from a new DX is rubbing elbows with survivors.

Dx 2/21/2018, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 4/24/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/15/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy Targeted Therapy Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 3, 2018 01:50PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Carmen . . .

I agree Rachel ~ It's hopeful and calming to know that so many survive and thrive.

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 7, 2018 10:26AM Carmelle wrote:

hi angela...this is me Michelle Smye Hughes, didnt know u were on here. Started this thread in 2003. sorry my love for your recurrence. perhaps down the road it was a good thing to get you more tx as ur heart was saying u needed prior to the 2nd diagnosis. thats what i feel. pray for you and ur lovely family. big hug!! youre strong and beautiful.

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 14, 2018 05:59PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Lynda . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 18, 2018 10:02AM ButterflyLily wrote:

A friend of mine's mom was diagnosed with stage IV 15 years ago, She is still going strong, goes on social functions and stays busy. And she also looks great! Hugs to all.

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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