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 10:59AM

Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 10:59AM

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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Aug 9, 2013 04:23PM Mandy85 wrote:

Hi Youngwithbc, I was dx with bc when I was 26 years old, almost two year since my dx. With no family history of bc.

Dx 6/16/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/7/2011 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/30/2011 Breast Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011
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Aug 12, 2013 10:18PM Youngwithbc wrote:

So happy to hear of all the young survivors, woohoo! Thanks for sharing.

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Sep 14, 2013 02:03PM Trina25 wrote:

Hi, I was diagnosed last year at the age of 25. Today Sept 14 is actually the date that I had the surgery to remove the lump. Three days later the pathology report came back and I had cancer. I have made it thru chemo, mastectomy and partially radiation( I stopped it) I truly feel as if I had enough in just a years time to have a lifetime movie made based on my life. I am looking forward to my implant exchange in Nov, I have had the dreaded tissue expanders since March. I hope that 2014 will be a great year as I should be recovered from what I hope will be my last surgery for breast cancer for a while and just start to put the pieces of my life back together.

Katrina Harris Surgery 9/13/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/17/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, PR- Chemotherapy 10/6/2012 CEF Surgery 2/28/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 2/28/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/14/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy Breast
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Oct 1, 2013 02:56PM - edited Oct 1, 2013 02:57PM by LisaH

Hello ladies!

I'm an "old" woman compared to most of you now but not too long ago, I was just like you.

Diagnosed at age 33 (acutally closer to 32 as I had just had a birthday).  I just celebrated my 44th birthday.  This year will be my 12th year!

Keep the faith ladies!

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 1, 2013 06:58PM JenSF wrote:

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your post! I was just praying the past few days to meet someone who had overcome this battle over 5, 8, 10, 15 years!  We need this courageous stories other than all the treatments.  My mother in law was a survivor (Stage 3) since 1996.  Her 17th year this year.  It broke her heart when I shared with her the news. But soon we both are back on track.  I just had my surgery and will kick off chemo soon 2nd half of October. 

Please keep sharing your victory!  It really helps!!  



Dx 9/5/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/16/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Oct 1, 2013 08:40PM Youngwithbc wrote:

Thanks for sharing Lisa... that is awesome! I am officially at one year... :)

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Oct 1, 2013 08:56PM sth314 wrote:

I'm a 12 year survivor who was diagnosed at 35. Not sure if that is considered "young" anymore. Wink There is an origanization called the Young Survival Coalition strictly for young breast cancer patents/survivors. You can find more about them on their website

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Oct 1, 2013 10:00PM melmcbee wrote:

Bumping for the inspiration that yall bring to me. I was 42 at diagnosis and I thought I was young.

Melanie Dx 6/24/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 8/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 8/22/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/8/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/29/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/3/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 3/29/2017, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR- Dx 11/19/2019, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER-/PR+, HER2-, Chemotherapy 8/18/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Immunotherapy Tecentriq (atezolizumab)
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Oct 1, 2013 10:01PM JenSF wrote:

Hi sth314, yes you are young!  Thank you for your post!  That's encouraging!  I found the Young Survival Coalition before my surgery!  That's good help!  They have some good info too.  Recommeneded.

Tonite, I asked my 9 yr old to shop hats with me on  Really good selectons.  We will await delivery......

Dx 9/5/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/16/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Oct 1, 2013 10:07PM LisaMomOfFour wrote:

My grandmother was diagnosed at 26, lived to be 60.  

My aunt was also diagnosed at 26, and she recently had heart surgery, and is recovering well at age 76.

My cousin was diagnosed at 29, then again at 33, has since then adopted a child and is so very happy at 41.

My other cousin was diagnosed at 28, and is now about 52.  

As you can see we have a strong genetic link here.  I tested negative for BRCA (though my cousins are all positive).   I was 47 when diagnosed three years ago.  

I wish I was making this up.  I have three daughters ages 16, 12 and 12.  Despite my negative BRCA status, I am so worried for them.  

Dx 10/9/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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