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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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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 1/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/4/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/29/2019 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 10/27/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/14/2021 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 1/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/4/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/29/2019 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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Jul 5, 2021 04:21PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Tracey . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 13, 2021 04:56PM hkkw17 wrote:

3 years out today !! Thankful Grateful for each and every moment 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Dx - 09/2018 / Stage 1 Er+Pr+hr- lumpectomy , radiation and on tamoxifen currently
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Jul 21, 2021 12:21PM pure0323 wrote:

Diagnosed 10 years ago today! I was 40 and scared out of my mind that I wouldn't see my son (13 at the time) graduate from High School. He graduated from COLLEGE in May….and I was there to celebrate! I'm so grateful for my life and my family.

Dx 7/21/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/9/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 2, 2021 05:31PM Nico1012 wrote:

Bumping for Amanda . . .

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 18, 2021 11:34PM edwards750 wrote:

I was DX in 2011. This month it will be 10 years since and I’m still doing fine. My b/c was IDC, Stage 1b, Grade 1. I had a lumpectomy and 33 radiation treatments. I took Tamoxifen for 5 years. My MO said I didn’t need to take them after 5 years. My Oncotype score was 11 with an 8% chance of a recurrence.

So yes there is reason for hope. I’m living proof.

Diane

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Aug 22, 2021 06:47AM Nico1012 wrote:

WOW, Diane, That's wonderful! Thank you for sharing your story. You're an inspiration to us all!

Dx 4/2/2008, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 5/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 11, 2021 04:41PM pink_is_my_colour wrote:

My friend who is now in her 70'S was diagnosed in her 30's. At that time they told her she would probably be dead within five years. She had a recurrence in her 50's. She's still going strong. So, ladies and gents it is possible to beat it. It's now 40 years since her first diagnosis.

In April 2022 it will be five years for me. Each day is a blessing.

pink_is_my_colour Dx 4/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/4/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/6 nodes, 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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