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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 03:41PM

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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Nov 24, 2020 10:30AM brittonkb wrote:

Thanks for posting Lisa! So great to hear updates like this!

Dx 4/29/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/19/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/5/2020 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 8/2/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/19/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 24, 2020 06:00PM Newnorm wrote:

Congratulations SoCalLisa that’s wonderful and provides hope to so many of us.

Dx 12/23/2016, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/6/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2017 Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/28/2017 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jan 13, 2021 06:58AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for BethAnn . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 20, 2021 02:38PM - edited Jan 20, 2021 02:39PM by Tpralph

Hello everyone! 4 year survivor here, stage 2 b back in 2017 had bilateral mastectomy and diep reconstruction

doing well, keeping weight off and exercising daily!

back to work regularly (nurse practitioner)

feeling well, lots of energy however do get some stiffness from the tamoxifen I'm on and hot flashes from time to time

Oh and also developed lymphadema which i am keeping under control for most part. Hand still swells, using compression glove and sleeve daily

Hang in there, it will get better!

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 6/27/2017 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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Jan 27, 2021 12:49PM Carmelle wrote:

Congrats SoCal! Thats such inspiring news.

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 27, 2021 03:00PM - edited Jan 29, 2021 04:06PM by prepmom

My mom is a 28 year survivor! She was diagnosed at 48 and had a unilateral MX. No tamoxifen as it was not yet standard practice. I'm so grateful to say that she is the busiest, healthiest 76 year old I know and has never had any issues with her remaining breast. Since her diagnosis she's eaten healthy, drinks no alcohol and walks outside or on her treadmill 3 miles / 5 days a week. As a recent breast cancer patient myself, she is truly my inspiration!

Dx 5/24/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/3/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jan 29, 2021 07:13AM Nico1012 wrote:

Thank You, prepmom, for your inspirational story and best wishes to you for your own journey.


Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 5, 2021 07:25PM 32B wrote:

Thanks SoCalLisa, tpralph, and prepmom for your stories!

This month is my 3 year anniversary of my UMX. Other than raging PMS from Tamoxifen, my life is pretty much back to normal.

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 13, 2021 07:20PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Sally . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 19, 2021 02:03PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Latricia . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 27, 2021 08:39PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Darlene . . .
















Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 1, 2021 01:35PM Carmelle wrote:

Hi! Just wanted post that I started this thread in March 2003, no idea would still be active in 2021. Let alone me.

Big HUG to all going through diagnosis and treatment. It's a rough period for many but I never think about BC anymore unless somebody else mentions. We can move on and forget. Lots LOVE.


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 1, 2021 08:22PM Juju-mar wrote:

Carmelle,

Thank you so much for posting! Some days are harder to be positive about a long future, but when I read a post from someone with a similar diagnosis, it makes all the difference! Thank you. I hope to post down the road for newbies and offer some positive energy and a success story

Julie

Dx 8/27/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/26/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/13/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 9, 2021 01:06AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Paige . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 17, 2021 09:10PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Jocelyn . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 28, 2021 01:21PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Linda . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 30, 2021 03:35PM Carmelle wrote:

Thanks Julie. Felt the same way as you do now. Hug. 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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Apr 1, 2021 08:11AM 32B wrote:

I don't think I've checked in yet this year, but in February I was 3 years cancer free. Doing ok on Tamoxifen and looking forward to the future.

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 6, 2021 04:19AM PebblesV wrote:

Congrats 32B and thx for checking in! Glad to hear you are doing well on tamoxifen. I’m 2.5 years in, just had a clear mammogram and also on tamoxifen which I have a love-hate relationship with LOL.

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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Apr 21, 2021 09:11PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Georgia . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 30, 2021 07:10PM 32B wrote:

Thanks Pebbles and congrats on your clear mammogram! Always a relief. I definitely hear you on the love-hate relationship with Tamoxifen! I get some pretty severe mood swings but otherwise it hasn't been bad so far.

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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May 13, 2021 05:47PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Carrie . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 2, 2021 06:30PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Pam . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 5, 2021 04:14PM NWArtLady wrote:

I’m back!

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 now been *10* years, here's to (hopefully) many more!

Hang in there, everyone. <3

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming... ~Dory
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Jun 5, 2021 08:13PM L8Blmr wrote:

Thank you for the post NWArtLady. We all appreciate it and congratulations on 10 years!

I'm pushing 4 years and feeling pretty good myself.

L8Blmr Dx 11/2/2017, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/14/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/22/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 5, 2021 10:02PM DutchieGirl wrote:

I don’t know if I’ve posted here already but my mom was diagnosed in 1998 with Stage 3C ILC, ER+PR+, 13 positive nodes. She had a BMX, chemo (she doesn’t remember the type of chemo), radiation and tamoxifen. She dropped the tamoxifen after a few short months and is still doing well 23 years later. She was such a help and comfort to me when I was going through treatment. She was 58 when she was diagnosed and will turn 81 this year!

I’m now 2.5 years past diagnosis. And June 11th is my 2 year anniversary of the end of chemo! And life is good!

Lori-Anne Dx 11/7/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/3/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/28/2019 Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Jun 12, 2021 03:41PM LoverofJesus wrote:

It is wonderful to hear about your momma. I’m so frightened. There are days when I just get scared. I want to live. I want to see my grandkids grow up and my youngest child get out of high school and get married and have kids. Today is one of those fearful days for some reason.

Dx 5/22/2021, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 6/15/2021 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 12, 2021 08:20PM Juju-mar wrote:

loverofJesus,

Hugs to you! You are in the very beginning still. Give it time. I am 10 months post diagnosis and feel so much more positive about a long future. At one month past diagnosis, not so much....Best of luck to you on this roller coaster of emotions. I have a blog with my experience, if you are interested...

Jujuscancerjourney.Wordpress.com

Julie


Dx 8/27/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/26/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/13/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 13, 2021 04:43PM DutchieGirl wrote:

LoverofJesus, you are in the worst part of all of this. But I’ve come to realize that soooo many people do well, and move on with their lives and put breast cancer in the rear view mirror. I don’t think we ever truly forget but life does get better. I’m 2.5 years out from very aggressive breast cancer diagnosis and doing better every day. Things WILL get better for you!

Lori-Anne Dx 11/7/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/3/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/28/2019 Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Jun 19, 2021 06:38AM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Erika . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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