Topic: Long Term BC Survivors

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: Apr 30, 2008 04:40PM

Posted on: Apr 30, 2008 04:40PM

Jellydonut wrote:

Long-Term BC Survivors:  Hooray for them and may all of us live long enough to be in this great groupl

Betty Ford - 34 years! (diagnosed in 1974)

Nancy Reagan - 21 years!

Shirley Temple-Black 36 years! (diagnosed in 1972)

Ruby Dee - over 30 years!

Sandra Day O'Connor - 26 years! (diagnosed in 1982)

Jill Eikenberry - 22 years!

Kate Jackson - 21 years!

Ann Jillian - 23 years! (diagnosed in 1985 at 35 years old; had a child in 1992)

Richard Roundtree - 15 years!

Marcia Wallace - 23 years!

Diahann Carroll - 10 years!

Rue McClanehan - 11 years!

Olivia Newton John - 15 years!

Linda Ellerbee - 17 years!

If there are other famous long-term survivors' that I've missed, please add to the list.

Dx 3/2002, IDC, Stage IV, 3/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 28, 2008 10:08AM sherry2007 wrote:

How long before you're concerned a survivor?

There should be a better way to start a day than waking up every morning Dx 10/12/2007, ILC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, HER2+
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Jun 9, 2008 05:42PM Jellydonut wrote:

Sherry,

You're a survivor at the moment of diagnosis as cancer has been in the body for quite a long time.  At least that's my take on "survivorship."

Good luck to you.

Dx 3/2002, IDC, Stage IV, 3/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 8, 2008 01:59PM - edited Jul 8, 2008 02:08PM by lagunamil

jellydonut  --  how about being a survivor for almost 50 years and then being diagnosed with a recurrence in the old radical mastectomy area?  Has this happened to anyone else?

lagunamil

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Sep 18, 2008 11:51PM pinoideae wrote:

bump for success stories

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Oct 13, 2008 08:13AM LisaH wrote:

I'm coming up on 6 years next month!  Diagnosed at age 33.

Lisa H. Surgery 11/5/2002 Mastectomy: Left Dx 11/6/2002, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 12/12/2002 AC Hormonal Therapy 2/13/2003
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Oct 21, 2008 05:24PM - edited Sep 23, 2010 05:52PM by msphil

Hi, All I,m a 16yr survivor this december(Praise the Lord) L mast, with reconstruction(my body rejected it) taken out, chemo, radiation, Tamoxifen for 5yrs, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, all during making wedding plans to my wonderful husband, I believe you are a survivor each day that U make another day, it should start there.  idc,stage2,0/3 nodes, adriamycin,cytoxin,rads.  msphil

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Jan 2, 2010 06:58AM - edited Jan 2, 2010 06:59AM by dreaming

In  April I will be ,God willing  17 years from diagnosis, during this time I had 2 biopsies, I know that a recurrence can happen no matter how many years I have been in remission, for this reason I see my surgeon in April, and 6 months later my oncologist.

It is important to have follow ups, not be paranoid about it,but cautious. 

After the mastectomy a second diferent cancer was found: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, C.F.M.: Dx 7/7/1991, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 18, 2010 05:48PM Makratz wrote:

bump

Inspiring stories!

Linda...♥♥♥ Never, never, never give up ~ Winston Churchill
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Apr 28, 2010 10:52AM LisaH wrote:

Bump...

Haven't been here in a while!  Just wanted to stop in and say hi....and say life is good.

November will be my 8 year anniversary.  Wink

Lisa H. Surgery 11/5/2002 Mastectomy: Left Dx 11/6/2002, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 12/12/2002 AC Hormonal Therapy 2/13/2003
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Apr 28, 2010 10:59AM carly1972 wrote:

I am 56 years old and a survivor of 9 years. I had a mastectomy with reconstruction, and then had an implant in the "good" breast to match up the recon on the other. For the first time in my adult life I am without health ins. and have been turned down by numerous ins. companies until I hit my 10 year. Now, the implant in my good breast has gone "flat". Does anyone know what happens if you don't have it removed? I am terrified about leaving it in, but without health ins. I don't know how to get it done.

carly1972

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