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 06:40PM

Posted on: Apr 30, 2008 06:40PM

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 3, 2010 09:34AM - edited Sep 30, 2014 02:04PM by moderators

Carly, hugs g/friend. I am currently going through a sep/divorce and that is one of my greatest fears, to lose health insurance. I am not sure what I can offer right at the moment, however I do know a couple of ladies that went through similar so I will leave my e_mail for you and if you would like to respond to it I will put you in touch with some ladies who might be able to help. One thing I am sure about is you need that recon out and cleaned up especially if it was silicone, which was used pretty widely back then. My name's kathy. Hugs xoxoxox

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Jul 14, 2010 10:04AM - edited Jul 14, 2010 10:05AM by Margarida-HB

I was 26 when diagnosed with BC. 16 years ago no such thing as a girl in her 20's with BC and furthermore, not one who would survive very long.  Now, unfortunately, its more common for a 20 something to have bc.   That was 16 years ago and am considered one of the longest surviving bc survivors in Canada, according to some doctors at PMH.

 I still get rejected for life insurance and to be honest, haven't bothered to fight it as have no time to argue with the ignorant.  Maybe I should?

Dx 12/6/1996, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, 0/12 nodes, ER+
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Aug 26, 2010 08:30AM - edited Aug 26, 2010 08:31AM by dreaming

Do you know of anybody that was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after breast? I am really worried, I had the signs and had to force my family doctor to order a CT, well I have ascites in the pelvis, "some"according to her, I am going to see an OB,and have the marker for ovarian done, I know there is a higher risk for breast cancer and vice versa. I am terrified, I was not with breast cancer , ignorance was a blessing.but now I know too much.

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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May 13, 2011 11:08AM starella wrote:

bump

Dx 9/8/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Oct 3, 2012 12:00PM LisaH wrote:

10 years this month. I don't hang around the board often, but drop by once in a while to post. A lot has happened in 10 years, aside from the life we all know. My sister had babies (twins) born, a baby die, and then a fourth child (healthy), my Father was diagnosed with prostate cancer (now 4 years NED), lost my Mother, watched my children move from elementary school, to middle school, high school and now college. My daughter was in kindergarten when I was diagnosed. She's now in the 10th grade. My son was a third grader and now is a freshman (Knob) at The Citadel.

Time marches on....I'm still marching to the beat. Keep marching girls!!!!!

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 4, 2012 08:17AM CherylinOhio wrote:

Lisa H, what a wonderful 10 years you have had!! I am so happy to hear that and hope I can come back in 5 and yes even 10 years to share my story with others.

Some days there won't be a song in your heart...sing anyways. Emory Austin Dx 3/29/2011, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 17/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/24/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/21/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 3/18/2012 Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 9/17/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/19/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 7, 2013 05:13PM colt45 wrote:

We know they're out there. LisaH, bless her, keeps checking in... after 6 years, 8 years, then 10 years.

I wish more LisaH's would post an encouraging message.

I think it would help balance out some of the other stories. This is a wonderful place for support and understanding. And naturally, the lion's share of the discussions will be women in crisis. And the fact that everyone receives so much support is so beautiful. I am grateful for all of you.

I just wish more of the successes were chronicled.

My dad's cousin is a 27 year survivor. My sister's friend's mom is over 30 years now.

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jul 7, 2013 11:15PM - edited Jul 7, 2013 11:15PM by ruthbru

My aunt was diagnosed with BC in the 1960's. She had a masectomy with no further treatment (standard of care at the time). She died a few years ago at the age of 88, never having a recurrence.

My grandfather was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the 1950s. He had surgery, was sent home to die, and he did....30 years later, at the age of 93, of old age!

A friend of mine is a 35 year BC survivor....not only has she survived, she had two healthy children following her treatments...kids who are now grown up with children of their own.

I am 6 1/2 years out, and so far, so good!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 8, 2013 08:30AM colt45 wrote:

@ruthbru: those are very nice stories to hear. Thank you.

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jul 23, 2013 08:01PM CherylinOhio wrote:

I have heard about many women who wre treated back in the day of no chemo just a radical mx and they live to ripe old ages. I am beginning to wonder if the chemo and rads and meds we take now a days is worse than just surgery???

Some days there won't be a song in your heart...sing anyways. Emory Austin Dx 3/29/2011, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 17/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/24/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/21/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 3/18/2012 Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 9/17/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/19/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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