Topic: Any survivors out there diagnosed at a young age???

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 12, 2013 04:59PM

Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 04:59PM

Youngwithbc wrote:

There might already be a thread about this but can't find it! Was hoping to start one where people who were diagnosed young (20s/30s) could share their survivor stories, if you are more than a few years past diagnosis. It can be difficult to find people who had BC at a young age, and I find it encouraging when I find people who were my age at diagnosis and are now doing great many years later. I'm sure others might find it inspiring as well.

Anyone out there??

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Jun 20, 2013 03:55AM Youngwithbc wrote:

Any others out there??

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Jul 28, 2013 05:01PM marmalade_skies wrote:

I was diagnosed when I turned 33, and now I'm 36 going on to 37. Hoping to clear the 5 year mark soon! :) Am so glad to see this thread. 

Dx 3/4/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 29, 2013 03:23AM mightymon wrote:

I was diagnosed just 2 months before turning 31 and will turn 34 next month. :0)

Dx 7/30/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 29, 2013 03:24AM rozem wrote:

i have a friend diagnosed at 28 - she is 46 now

FEC-DH, LUMP, 25 RADS, TAMOX, BMSX with LD flap (worst surgery ever) Dx 8/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 29, 2013 03:35AM colt45 wrote:

Pardon me for considering 46 young... BUT my sister's BFF in high school's mom had BC when she was 46 or possibly a few years younger.

I don't know the pathology or adjuvant treatment (I think chemo) but I know she had a mastectomy... That was at least 30 years ago (she's now 76 and still living a great life).

It can be done. It IS done... A LOT. There is no good reason to believe that you're not going to be just like that.

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/7/2012 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 12/13/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/7/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jul 29, 2013 06:37PM Youngwithbc wrote:

Thanks for continuing this thread! I was actually just thinking about it, because I have been reading/following so many stories of young adults with BC who were diagnosed with mets a couple years after finishing their treatment. Sometimes when I hear too many stories like that, I start to really lose hope and the anxiety sets in. Since BC tends to be more aggressive and harder to treat in young women, it's really helpful and inspiring to find young women who are thriving and doing well, without recurrence. I have met a couple in "real life" and I know it's really helped me when I start to feel worried about my future.

Hope we can keep this thread going and that more young survivors will come out from hiding... :)

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Aug 6, 2013 06:25AM - edited Aug 6, 2013 08:03AM by Vella

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Aug 6, 2013 01:24PM melp27 wrote:

I was diagnosed in july 2011 at 27 years old. I do have a family history of breast cancer and a genetic syndrome that predisposes me to getting another cancer. last month I reached the two year mark and im super relieved they always say the first two years is the most important.

Dx 7/25/2011, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Grade 3, 20/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/14/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/14/2012 Breast Dx 10/2/2014, DCIS, Right, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/19/2014 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 6/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Dx 9/2015, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Aug 6, 2013 02:07PM oandtolivo wrote:

I was dx,ed at 34 and I'm now 36.  We just moved from Germany back to the us.  I meet with my new oncologist yesterday and I'm going to continue tamoxifen and zoladex to the 10 mark.  Even then I'll be 44 and I could still come out of menopause.   I'm a 36 year old whos been made into a 56 year old.  It's rough, but it's better than the alternative.

3x FEC 3xDoc 28 Rads 18herceptin 10yrsZoladx 10yrs Tamoxifin (Tricentric tumor) Dx 5/11/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 6, 2013 03:00PM GatorGal wrote:

Diagnosed at 37 in 1987 with lymph node involvement and a "not so good" prognosis. Lived to raise my 3 kids, now have 4 grandchildren. Lived 21 years cancer free before mets to lung in 2008. I am now 62, being treated but doing well. AI's and chemo has kept my cancer contained in my lung and though I will be on chemo forever I have good QOL and feel blessed beyond belief!

When people asked how old she was, she would say 1009365 more or less because she was so glad to be alive that she counted every day a birthday! (Brian Andreas, Storypeople) Dx 5/2008, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/lungs, 11/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/11/2011 Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 8/14/2011 Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 6/13/2012 Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 CMF Chemotherapy 4/16/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Chemotherapy 12/17/2014 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 9/9/2015 Navelbine (vinorelbine) Chemotherapy 12/23/2015 Halaven (eribulin) Chemotherapy 4/13/2016 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/15/2016 Ixempra (ixabepilone) Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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