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 02:41PM

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:
I would love to hear from you.

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 28, 2003 04:40PM nycmom wrote:

Happy Rockefeller, Betty Ford, Betty Rollin (author of First You Cry) think their b.c. was closer to 30 yrs ago and all are alive.

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Dec 6, 2003 05:09AM shazza35 wrote:

Hey every1, wat a fab idea, to tell all about the success stories we know about and not to dwell on all the bad stories we're so often told about!

I have such a story.
My maternal Aunt had b.c approx 25yrs ago. She is now in her early 80's and is as fit as any1 else her age! She hasn't had any recurrences either!

I just hope that I end up like her!
It's very uplifting to know that there is so many survivors out there. It gives me hope and I'm sure every1 else who is newly diagnosed, for the future. It doesn't have to be the death sentence that it used to be!

Keep up the fight!

Shazza x
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Dec 8, 2003 03:41AM jeng wrote:

The lady that owns the wig shop in town had BC in 1971! No further problems! She was a hairdresser prior to dx and found a need and filled it. Such compassion for me when I had to shop for my new hair. It was great to hear of her long term - no recurrance- survival as such a scary time for me.

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Dec 8, 2003 05:42AM Lorrie wrote:

I worked with a couple ladies who had breast cancer over 25 years ago. They had mastectomies and radiation and are doing fine. Also my mom lives in senior apt. where many women are survivors from breast cancer of over 25 years. I don't know details of their stories...but it certainly is uplifting and with all the new and improved treatments we have had, I feel reassured that we will all be telling our stories 20, 30, and 40 years from now! My best to all of you.

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Dec 8, 2003 10:42AM Joan1212 wrote:

I lived in a surburban area of Long Island, NY 18 years ago, which had and still has a high rate of breast cancer.
I had a large group of friends that had mastectomy's, night we went out for dinner out of 6 couples, 4 of my girl friends had breast cancer...(there were many more in our area that weren't there that night ....Happy to report all of the dinner group are alive and well today, along with the large majority of the ones that weren't there for dinner.
Oddly enough, when I found out I had it, I think I took it "too" lightly.

Good Luck to us all,
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Dec 12, 2003 04:28AM kobie wrote:

Great post! It seems you only hear about the problems , it's so refreshing and uplifting to hear about the successes. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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Dec 23, 2003 03:41AM Sachi wrote:

Hi everyone - I just wanted to bump my favorite thread back up to the top.

Merry Christmas !!!

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Jan 8, 2004 07:11AM jg wrote:

My friend's mother in law had a bi-lat mast 20 years ago, no chemo or rads and NO recurrance.

My sis was dx bout 7-8 years ago, had bi-lat mast w/no other treatment. Dx with bone mets the next year. She had planned her funeral, told everyone good-bye, took a trip she had put off for years.
Well, when I talked to her last week she was starting a new chemo and telling me about her latest grandkid. Moral of the story, don't start giving away your things too soon!!!
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Jan 8, 2004 01:07PM mcoder wrote:

My mother was diagnosed with BC when she was 65, this Feb. she will be 77 and still going strong!!
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Jan 18, 2004 03:39PM lmware wrote:

I wanted to move this to the top - I'm in need of some uplifting stories about node positive people!!


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