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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 01:41PM

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 7, 2019 06:05AM edwards750 wrote:

I’m 8 years out next month. I had IDC, Stage 1, Grade 1. I had a lumpectomy and 33 radiation treatments. My Oncotype score was 11 so I dodged chemo. 8% chance of recurrence according to Oncotype report.I took Tamoxifen for 5 years. So far, so good.

Diane

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Jul 7, 2019 07:23AM ruthbru wrote:

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"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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Jul 7, 2019 10:14AM MeToo14 wrote:

5 years out from diagnosis today! When I finished active treatment and asked my MO if he thought the cancer really was gone, he answered "absolutely". I know no one can promise anything, and I live in reality and so does he. SO I will just say: "SO FAR, SO GOOD"! (Knock on wood. Fingers crossed)

35 when diagnosed. I had isolated tumor cells in my nodes and was told I am considered node negative, I do not. Dx 7/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/14/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/25/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 12/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/2/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Radiation Therapy 4/27/2015 Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 20, 2019 03:09PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Stacie . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 23, 2019 10:46AM 32B wrote:

Congratulations!

Dx 1/12/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Aug 16, 2019 07:49AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Lynette . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 20, 2019 06:03AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Gwen . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 1, 2019 06:12AM LoveFlorida wrote:

Thanks for inspiration!

Surgery 6/24/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/27/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 9/2/2019 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 9/3/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Sep 8, 2019 03:37PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Roberta . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 8, 2019 04:53PM pink_is_my_colour wrote:

Thank you to everyone who has posted and for those who have bumped the thread. So far it's been 2 1/2 years for me.

pink_is_my_colour Dx 4/4/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Chemotherapy 8/18/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 9, 2019 01:38AM SoCalLisa wrote:

Well, I was diagnosed in 2000. 19 years ago now. You can read all my experiences on the bottom. For me, the light at the tunnel took some time but I learned a lot along the way. Made some wonderful friends and found support in sometimes unexpected places. I have learned to be my own medical advocate and how to help others too. I have learned how to investigate medical issues that are valid inputs. My radar for good medical personnel has been tweeted and if we aren't on the same page, change them. I have figured out how much risk that I am going to accept and how to explain it to my medical practitioners. I have learned how to challenge myself to get the most out of my life without overdoing it.

So, I consider myself to be a survivor!

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years
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Sep 13, 2019 07:50AM Live_love_laugh wrote:

Hi Ladies new to the group and have so many questions, you all seem to be so knowledgable..I have recently been diagnosed with Stage 1 ILC..waiting on oncotype results to decide on chemo.

Any long time survivor stories of women opting out hormone therapy/tamoxifen..chemo and still around without recurrence..basically who did just the surgeries mastectomy or lumpectomy/Rad?

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Sep 13, 2019 11:01PM 32B wrote:

SoCalLisa, congratulations! So inspiring!

Dx 1/12/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 2, 2019 07:43PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Jill . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 3, 2019 02:26AM summersday wrote:

My mother in law was put on HRT following early menopause. Years later, she was then diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram. She said she had quite a large tumour and says that 4 lymph nodes were involved. She had a mastectomy, the 4 nodes removed and was put on Tamoxifen for 5 years but no chemo or radiotherapy. That was 18 years ago! And she’s still going strong today! She’s incredibly fit for her age, swims in the sea every day and is a member of several walking groups.

She blames 17 years of HRT for the cancer. When I asked her why she was on it for so long she said that nobody had told her to come off it!

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Oct 14, 2019 10:52AM Live_love_laugh wrote:

Hi Carmelle, this thread is amazing and very encouraging..I see it's been going strong for years hope to hear many more inspiring stories.

Did you ever go ahead and publish the stories?


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Oct 28, 2019 09:59PM NWArtLady wrote:

summersday thank you for such a wonderful post! Hurray for your MIL

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming... ~Dory
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Nov 1, 2019 12:06PM PebblesV wrote:

summersday what an awesome update, thank you for sharing! It’s nice to hear of someone with lymph nodes involved who did tamoxifen but no chemo is thriving and healthy 18 years later

Dx 9/7/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/19/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 2, 2019 07:26PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Doris . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 7, 2019 04:17AM katykaty wrote:

I had scans today and all clear. Only 3 years from breast cancer diagnosis but unlucky to have been diagnosed with colon cancer last year. So that makes 3 years breast and 1 year colon cancer NED. Long may this continue. Positive thoughts to all x

Dx 11/25/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 12/1/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 3/24/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 6/14/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy Targeted Therapy 6/22/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 7/25/2017 Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Nov 8, 2019 10:31PM SoCalLisa wrote:

My oncologist just told me to come back in a year...sounds like a plan to me

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years

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