Topic: "The most ENCOURAGING things said to you during your journey"

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: Sep 7, 2011 07:04PM - edited Jun 7, 2012 10:29PM by ToriGirl

Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 07:04PM - edited Jun 7, 2012 10:29PM by ToriGirl

ToriGirl wrote:

Sisters,

I think we can always use another "feel good" thread, so I thought this one would be a good one to go with...

I know we already have a thread for the dumbest and worst things people have said to you during our journeys, but how about the most encouraging things said to or done for you?

I've read many posts throughout BC.org where doctors, nurses, techs, therapists, friends, spouses, partners, family members and other survivors have been exactly where we have needed them to be at the right time and said exactly what we needed to hear when we needed it the most.  (Or for that matter, have DONE exactly what what we needed them to do without even asking)

These are the words and acts of kindness that have stuck with us, whether it was from early on when we first got our diagnosis to when we ended active treatment and started to move on with our new "normal". They kept us going and continue to do so, as we move onto better, happier, and healthier days ahead.

Please share these comments, stories, remarks, acts of kindness, quotes, (whatever you'd like), that have most encouraged you and still encourage you today...OR share how you have "paid it forward" to someone else who is going through this journey, when they needed it most.  Whatever your heart has to share, please feel free to do so.

What you share today, may be the one thing that someone on the board needs to hear right now.

Thanks so much! 

Tori 

DE COLORES! 

"Sorrow carves the opening for joy later..." Dx 6/4/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 9, 2011 02:47PM - edited Sep 9, 2011 05:59PM by wonderland

Nice thread.

3 things come immediate to my mind:

1. While in a fog and on the River of Denile, I asked my bs if I can wait until after Christmas to have my mx. (I was dx at Thanksgiving). He said, "You need to understand that you have cancer." I got off the boat quickly! I am thankful for his comment.

2. Before my chemo ended, my onc told me to see the RO b/c it might be recommended that I have rads. I was all whiney about it. My sister said, "If I were you, I'd let them give me everything they have." I stopped whining and went through rads when it was recommended.

3. THE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS that still get me through this comes from Girl Scouts: Courage, Confidence, and Character. We teach girls to have these qualities to make the world a better place. My daughter wrote them all over the house for me.

"Put on your coat. It's easier to stay warm than it is to get warm." George the Llama Man Dx 11/2006, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/36 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/27/2006 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Chemotherapy 1/2/2007 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 6/5/2007 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/22/2007 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/9/2009 Reconstruction (Left): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 9/20/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 9, 2011 03:09PM FireKracker wrote:

The most encouraging things that were said to me was by YOU.....

You Tori was my rock!!!!!!You said all the right words and you didnt even know it.

Thank you...and thanks for starting this wonderful thread..

Sure family,friends and DRs said wonderful things but BCO sistas said it best.

huggggggggggs K

Focktober!!!!Pink stinks!!!!
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Sep 9, 2011 05:27PM sagina wrote:

Ok I see one right here on my wall at work - one of my bosses has three kids - middle schooler, elem, and kinder, they hand made me a card with three reasons I was going to make it through this:

1. You ahve a great personality

2. You have bunches of love

2. You have US.

Kids know just what to say don't they.

Gina Dx 10/13/2010, IDC, 4cm, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/2/2010 AT Surgery 3/15/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/19/2011
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Sep 9, 2011 05:42PM Sherryc wrote:

Gina I just love kids

Sherry--lump left breast 9/30/10. No chemo, Zometa-6tx over 3 years.Oncotype score 23 with 14% recurrence rate. 34 rads. No family history, BRCA neg. 48 years old @ diagn. BMX/TE 3/26/2012, Exchange surgery 8/21/12, Revision surgery 11/27/12 Surgery 5/12/1997 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 9/30/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 12/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 2/7/2011 Surgery 11/3/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/26/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 11/27/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Sep 9, 2011 05:47PM spendygirl wrote:

Love that Gina....as I sit here crying while reading.  Obviously one of "those" days.

 Thanks everyone for contributing!

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Sep 9, 2011 05:56PM sagina wrote:

ah, Spendygirl, I'm not having one of those days, but I am having an extreme fatigue day....I'm quickly remembering what the last week of rads felt like.

Gina Dx 10/13/2010, IDC, 4cm, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/2/2010 AT Surgery 3/15/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/19/2011
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Sep 10, 2011 12:25AM - edited Sep 10, 2011 12:29AM by ToriGirl

While I was going through treatment, my sister called  to tell me that my 4 year old nephew was saying his nightly prayers and he said that he prayed for the owie on my boobie.  He told his momma that Jesus was going to make it all better."

"Sorrow carves the opening for joy later..." Dx 6/4/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 10, 2011 12:55AM sagina wrote:

Ok, I'm home relaxing at the computer and I pulled out my box of cards and gifts - I went to Tuesday Morning the other day and bought these beautiful boxes, different sizes, some for wigs, some for cards, some for hats, just to put everything "away" but still accessible.  My chemo chicken from my infusion nurses is in there along with a ton of cards:  I just read through them, and now I'm crying, cause you know with chemo you can't remember jack, so it's like the movie 50 first dates reading them all over again.......

My DH gave me one, it says: Still you, Still me, Still everything I could want in my life.

Gina Dx 10/13/2010, IDC, 4cm, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/2/2010 AT Surgery 3/15/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/19/2011
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Sep 10, 2011 01:02AM - edited Sep 10, 2011 09:24AM by ruthbru

A co-worker said, "You are one tough woman."

edited to add that this meant a lot to me because that was what I was desperately trying to be.

"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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Sep 10, 2011 01:08AM bobeena wrote:

Tori, thanks for starting this thread!!! One of my closest friends said "I am going to treat you the same as I did before you had cancer". That was exactly what I needed to hear ... That I was still me

Dx 11/29/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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