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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 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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Jan 12, 2020 11:57PM mitziandbubba wrote:

During radiation, I met a 30 year survivor. She said to me that she was sorry I had BC, glad my treatment was short and not too hard on me - but that she was so happy for me because my life was going to be so good after cancer. She said everything got to be so wonderful for her after BC and would for me also. I believe her. She was so positive and optimistic.

Surgery 5/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/29/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 31, 2020 02:54AM hkkw17 wrote:

Met a lady who is 26 years out , she had lumpectomy and just radiation as her treatment.

Dx - 09/2018 / Stage 1 Er+Pr+hr- lumpectomy , radiation and on tamoxifen currently
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Feb 8, 2020 04:04PM 32B wrote:

Wow! Thanks for sharing! I needed that today.

Tomorrow will be the 2 year anniversary cancer-free. I know that's not a very long time, but I'm proud of it. :)

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 Hormonal Therapy 11/15/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 17, 2020 10:15PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Ava . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 18, 2020 04:11PM keepthefaith wrote:

Thanks to everyone for posting and bumping! I am 6 1/2 yrs out and still frequent the threads often. I think it helps to keep me grounded... somehow it keeps me balanced between being aware enough to make changes in my lifestyle to try and prevent a recurrence and not taking things for granted, without creating unnecessary anxiety. I find that a kind post here and there can make a difference in someone elses' day, or life, as it did for me. ((HUGS))

"And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through; how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain:

When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in...that's what this storm's all about...

Haruki Murakami

Dx 9/17/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/26/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/16/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 2/11/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/1/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2014
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Feb 19, 2020 04:10PM - edited Feb 19, 2020 04:15PM by mary91953

Thank you, I will read these every day.

I'd had a huge lump in my breast since 2015 but the mammograms and ultrasounds didn't find it. (You could see it from across the room but that didn't phase my docs.) Finally in 2018 my hip started really hurting and lo and behold, breast cancer, stage IV.

I'm doing really well with treatment, and since I moved last Thanksgiving found a wonderful small in-person support group in Orange County, CA (and better doctors!!), but these online stories that I can read at home will be a godsend.

Best to you and all,

Mary

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Feb 20, 2020 06:10AM Spepple wrote:

I am 55 and was diagnosed 5 years ago - Stage IV, with mets to spine and liver. Going strong at 5 years...just a few years ago, this would not have been the case.

Dx 2/12/2015, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 3/1/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 4/14/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 9/19/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy
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Feb 24, 2020 07:51PM sweetgirl19 wrote:

Want to bump up this thread. It is so important to hear these stories!!

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Feb 29, 2020 11:55AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Violette . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 3, 2020 04:58PM Carmelle wrote:

Hi! This week is my 17th anniversary. Diagnosed 2003 and started this thread way back then looking for hope. My baby boys are now 18 and 20. Breast Cancer isn't part of my daily, monthly awareness anymore but from time to time check in to make sure not forget that there are so many living in treatment and beyond. Big HUGS for all of you. Be kind to yourself. Love 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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Mar 3, 2020 06:18PM Kiascia wrote:

Hi what an inspiring thread! How long were you on hormone blockers?

Dx 7/30/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/30/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/6/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 5/24/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 4, 2020 03:34PM Carmelle wrote:

ill private message u :)

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 6, 2020 08:12PM L8Blmr wrote:

Carmelle, thank you, thank you, thank you. It is posts like yours that bring a smile to my face, reminds me that the journey is doable and gives inspiration in times of doubt. I have to keep saying my mantra, "I have cancer, hear me ROAR!" Big hugs! And everyone have a great weekend!

L8Blmr Dx 11/2/2017, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/15/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/15/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/23/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 6, 2020 08:57PM 32B wrote:

Happy anniversary Carmelle and thanks for continuing to check in! As I write this I'm at my med Onc's office waiting for a routine followup. 2 years out from my treatment and doing well.

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 Hormonal Therapy 11/15/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 7, 2020 01:30PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Cookie . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 28, 2020 05:33AM Nico1012 wrote:

bumping for Trudy . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 12, 2020 05:05AM jcp wrote:

Mary, I'm glad you are doing okay. It's terrible thatcsone drs don't listen. I'm so sorry but you can do this! My mom had it in her bones for 12 years and was absolutely fine and this was years ago! God bless you. I'll keep you in my prayers. JCP

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May 17, 2020 02:54AM - edited May 17, 2020 02:57AM by Francesca30

I'm only 15 months NED, had 13 positive lymph nodes which terrifies me still. Good thing , I met 2 stage3 survivors who helped me during my treatment who are now my good friends. One is a 21year survivor -diagnosed at 26, hormone positive with 4 infected lymph nodes, while the other one is triple negative (she had 19 positive lymph nodes)and 11 years out- diagnosed at 40. I pray I'll be like them with many years cancer free❤️🙏🏼

Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/4/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/14/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/14/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/31/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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May 23, 2020 11:09AM SLL101984 wrote:

Just checking in for those who are new. May 21 marked two years cancer free for me!! Diagnosed at 33, bilateral mastectomy, no chemo or radiation, no positive lymph nodes, reconstruction, and tamoxifen for two years next month. Other than some side effects from the tamox. I’m doing very well!

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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May 25, 2020 10:26AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 4, 2020 02:39AM 32B wrote:

Congrats SLL!

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 Hormonal Therapy 11/15/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 9, 2020 04:27AM Nico1012 wrote:

bumping for Mary . . .


Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 9, 2020 05:35AM SoCalLisa wrote:

in 5 months it will be 20.

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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Jun 9, 2020 07:11AM NWArtLady wrote:

9 years!

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 9 years, here's to (hopefully) many more!

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming... ~Dory
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Jun 9, 2020 01:28PM Newnorm wrote:

Thanks SoCalLisa and NWArtLady for coming back to these boards. Great to read. May there be many more years for all of us. Xx

Dx 12/23/2016, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/5/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2017 Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 9, 2020 01:54PM ruthbru wrote:

Over 13 years out. Doing great!

"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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Jun 9, 2020 02:19PM sgreenarch wrote:

I also haven't been here in a long time, but used to come to this place often for inspiration. I am a month shy of 10 years. I will never forget how frightened I was in the summer of 2010 and how it took a long time to calm down. I think that in 2020 you have more reasons to feel optimistic and hopeful; treatments and screening have advanced. I have days now, even weeks, where I don't think about breast cancer, something I would never have thought possible years ago. I do know that recurrence is always possible, but then so are other things. I've learned to live life, seeing that worrying wasted hours of happiness. Can't be helped at first, but know that many go on to live normally after this initial hard time. Sending love.

Dx 7/20/2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IB, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 25, 2020 09:54AM Nico1012 wrote:

Thank You, sgreenarch ~ You are an inspiration for all of us!

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 9, 2020 03:54AM vanessa99 wrote:

I am 11 years out. I live every day to the fullest.

The mind replays what the heart can't delete... Dx 6/25/2009, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2009 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/27/2009 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/4/2010 Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 4/26/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 11, 2020 02:35AM 32B wrote:

Congratulations Vanessa! That's wonderful!

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 Hormonal Therapy 11/15/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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