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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 02:41PM

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 05:57PM 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
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Jan 30, 2020 08:54PM 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 10:04AM 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 2/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 11/16/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 17, 2020 04:15PM 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 10:11AM 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 10/17/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/25/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/15/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 2/10/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/31/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/22/2014
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Feb 19, 2020 10:10AM - edited Feb 19, 2020 10:15AM 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 12:10AM 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 4/15/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 9/20/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy
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Feb 24, 2020 01:51PM sweetgirl19 wrote:

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

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Feb 29, 2020 05:55AM 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 10:58AM 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 12:18PM 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 8/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/7/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 5/25/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 4, 2020 09:34AM 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 02:12PM 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 02:57PM 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 2/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 11/16/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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