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Topic: How old were you?

Forum: Managing Side Effects of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment —

This is a place to discuss concerns, tips and strategies for all types of side effects from all types of medications and treatments, (chemo/rads/hormonal/targeted/pain meds/etc.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2005 06:26PM

joyce_anne wrote:

Hi i was wondering how old you were when diagnosed. i was 61. well i have turned 62 now. i hope i am not being to nosey. i have just been wondering. my doctor said i had my cancer for a couple yrs though. god bless..

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Apr 19, 2005 09:09AM lavperry wrote:

I am 51, dx 2/2/05, tumor 4cm, 1/12 nodes, er/pr-, HER3+.

My sister, who is 18 years older than I, was also diagnosed with cancer when she was in her early 50's. She'll be 70 this June and is doing great.
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Apr 19, 2005 09:26AM margiejune wrote:

Diagnosed at 69.5 I am now almost 71. Now that is a big Yikes!! Think this makes me the oldest one responding. Think you are right about older women not using the computer as much as younger.
Margie
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Apr 19, 2005 01:04PM joyce_anne wrote:

Hello i am glad there are a few ladies my age on here. god bless..

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Apr 20, 2005 06:42AM omo wrote:

I was 46 when dx with DCIS,I am looking forward to a one yr breast cancer free anniversary in 4 months time

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Apr 20, 2005 08:39AM busdrivinmama wrote:

I am 32 yrs old just diagnosed in march,I will be starting chemo on may 2nd.I am getting 4 treatments of Adriamycin and cytoxan,then 5 weeks of rads,hormone therapy for 5 yrs.

hugs to all,Michelle
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Apr 20, 2005 09:17AM lynn717 wrote:

one month after 49th b-day when biopsy + 10/25/04
Type 1C, 1.8cm, stage 2, ER/PR neg, nodes neg
mastectomy 11/8/04, 4 rounds AC -> Arimidex, no rads
reconstruction? not sure
No cancer at all either side of family

felt lump 8/03 but 2 mammos (8/03 & 04/04) (6 mos)supposedly negative until Oct
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Apr 20, 2005 12:59PM Bonnygg wrote:

I had just turned 48 in Sept '04. 1.5cm didn't show on July '04 mammo. Musta been hidin' out, the little bugger!

Dx 9/2004, DCIS, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 20, 2005 05:01PM kjd wrote:

I was diagnosed at age 47 in 12/03, 4 months after an all-clear mammogram. I never felt a lump, but started having bloody discharge from the nipple. If it weren't for that, I probable would be yet to be diagnosed.

Dx 12/16/2003, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 20, 2005 06:05PM dberg wrote:

I was dx last year at 45. I knew a lump was there, but nothing ever showed up in yearly mammos, so I assumed everything was OK and I was just fibrocystic.

Dx 6/30/2004, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 20, 2005 06:13PM Dorathy wrote:

I was 42 when dx turned 43 Mar 05. Microcalcifications found on mamo. of Sept.04 and had needle biopsie dx DCIS Nov 04.

Hugggs
Dorathy
Dx 11/18/2004, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 20, 2005 07:06PM djd wrote:

Hi girls,

I just found this board today - have been using a similar board on the Komen site, but this one seems nice, too.

What a journey this has been - I went in for a baseline mammogram at age 39 on 4/16/04. We have zero family history of BC, so it didn't faze me in the least when they called me back in for a follow-up, as they assured me it was very common to get called back when establishing the baseline. Then they told me I needed a stereotactic biopsy, but they still assured me it was probably nothing. It was at that time I started to wonder, "what if I have cancer?"

Anyway, turns out it was DCIS and I had a few surgeries to get clean margins and all that good stuff, then did mammosite radiation and started tamoxifen. By the end of July, I thought I was in good shape and ready to get back to business. On a follow-up appt in October I asked the doctor to schedule my follow-up mammogram before the end of the year because my deductible had been met. Lo and behold, they found new cancer in a different part of the same breast!

I had another lumpectomy on 12/27, and I woke up to the surgeon telling me, "sorry, but this time it's invasive" which I knew meant there would be chemo in my future. Fortunately, the SNB showed clean nodes. I also got a few weeks shaved off the radiation because they did a one-day mammosite boost after the surgery to deliver internal radiation to the tumor site (my radiation oncologist is the only one I've heard of doing this, but I think it's a fantastic idea.)

Anyway, this past week I asked the doctor about scheduling my next mammogram, since it's now been a full year since we looked at the "good" breast and he agreed we should get that done soon. But, being 0 for 2 on the mammos so far, I am really looking forward to a clean one, and if they find something and call me back again, I'm sure I'll lose it completely!

But then again, as I have learned over the last year, I am so much stronger than I ever would have realized, and I have a wonderfully supportive mother who really deserves a 4 star vacation after taking care me through more surgeries than I can even remember now, going to every single appt. with me (no matter how trivial), sitting with me in the infusion room, shaving my head (even when she absolutely did not want to), telling me when my wig is crooked, happily making me a different meal when I look at what is on the table and wrinkle my nose, coming to check on me if I slept too late, and n and on. I can't imagine if I had still been with my idiotic ex-husband through all of this!

I am truly blessed! Now, if they could just give me something to cure "chemo-brain"....

God bless!
Donna
Donna Dx 12/13/2004, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 20, 2005 07:21PM cydsmommy wrote:

I was 23 when dx, and 24 now, 24 when the onc decided he could no longer wait for bilateral mastsecomy...Now, I am working on reconstruction...difficult road but totally able.

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Apr 20, 2005 08:22PM lleonescu wrote:

I was 29 when diagnosed. I am now 30. I will turn 31 on June 14th. My onc said I've probably had breast cancer for the past 3-5 years. Amazing that it can go that long without being detected.

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Apr 21, 2005 04:53PM joyce_anne wrote:

Hi Donna it seems like you have been down a long road. it is a long road none of us want. it does make us stronger. mine was stage 2b. the picture of your cat is pretty. my son in laws aunt was 30 when she got bc and now she is 52 yrs old. doing great. god bless..

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Apr 23, 2005 12:49PM cyncty wrote:

Hi,
I had my biopsy on 8/26/04 and was told it was malignant on 8/30/04. I spent my 44th birthday 8/31/04 in getting my C/T and bone scans. Not the best birthday present I've ever had
Love, Cyn
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Apr 24, 2005 01:19PM joyce_anne wrote:

hi everyone back to the top for newbies.... god bless.

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Apr 25, 2005 06:12PM Tawyna-2005Mar17 wrote:

hi everyone i met a lady who had breast cancer in 1988 and doing great.

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Apr 27, 2005 10:44PM blueiris wrote:

I was 23 when first dx 2 years ago. Now I am 25 and in treatment for lung mets. My sister was 31 when she was first dx in 1999. She had a local recurrance in 2002, but is healthy now. In fact, she just had a little girl-two monthes ago today! Our mom had IBC when she was 51, then passed away from it in 1998 at 57. I must admidt I didn't realise there were this many young women on here. I hate this disease.
Kristi
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Apr 28, 2005 01:29PM TracyH wrote:

I was 27 at diagnosis in 1999, I'm now 32. I celebrated 5 years on 12/7/04.

My cancer was low grade, and the doctors think it had probably been there for about 10 years. That means I probably developed cancer when I was around 17. It was 9mm when I found it.

Tracy
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May 4, 2005 08:26PM Tawyna-2005Mar17 wrote:

hi we had a friend pass from bc when i was about 13. she had 5 kids under age 10. i have always worried about bc. then my mom was diagnosed. it scares me how young some ladies are. i do think more positive now then i used to. i know treatments have got better. i am 28 and see ladies on hear my age and younger. i hate breast cancer.

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May 9, 2005 02:24AM Bianca wrote:

I was 29, and had just been married for a month. I found the lumpp. Lo and behold it was IDC Stage IIIa with nodes. No family history. I did chemo, then lumpectomy and rads. All was good until we realized the back pain I'd had since the beginning was actually mets. At 32, I've had one tumor removed from my spine (risk of paralysis) and within 3 months, even arfter Tamoxifen & Femara another spot showed up elsewhere on the spine. Aaaargh!

Oh well! It could be worse!
Hanging in there!
Bianca Dx 5/2002, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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May 9, 2005 04:01AM DebbieB wrote:

I was 45 when dx'd and am now 49!

Dx 10/31/2001, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
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May 9, 2005 04:52AM Leee wrote:

I was dx'd last year at 36 yrs (exactly one month before 37th birthday)

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May 9, 2005 07:20AM 11254274 wrote:

I was 55 when diagnosed Sept. 04 with ILC in left breast and DCIS in right. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, followed by chemo and then permanent implants in March. I am now taking arimidex.

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May 9, 2005 12:24PM jmokeo-2005May08 wrote:

I was 44 when diagnosed with idc and dcis in right breast with 4 nodes involved. Tumor was 7mm.

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May 9, 2005 02:40PM joyce_anne wrote:

HELLO I THINK I LOST IT. THE LAST TIME I WAS AT MY SURGEONS OFFICE I CAUGHT MYSELF LOOKING AROUND TO NOTICE IF OTHER WOMEN LOST THEIR BREAST. I EVEN STARED TO SEE IF THEY WERE WEARING A WIG. I DID GET SOME FUNNY LOOKS. OH I WAS TALKING TO A LADY WHO WORKS AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HERE. SHE WAS DIAGNOSED AT 33 YRS OLD . SHE IS 35 NOW. I HOPE I AM NOT CRAZY. GOD BLESS..

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May 10, 2005 12:44PM aarque wrote:

I'm 51 and was dx with DCIS in Feb...high grade comedo with necrosis. My first mammo was at age 27 due to bleeding from nipple, and since 1987 have had a lumpectomy, two excisional biopsies, a wedge resection and a stereotactic biopsy, all benign. Now I can add another lumpectomy and a partial mastectomy to my chestful of scars. My med onc laughed when I saw her for the first time. I had put a small smiley face sticker on each scar. It's one thing to make a written list of them; it's another thing to see all the actual scars.

Andrea
Benign biopsies:1987,1993,1997 DX 2/7/2005 DCIS. DX 2/14/2006 DCIS Dx 2/8/2006, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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May 20, 2005 11:05AM jhallinan wrote:

43 but, turned 44 three days after diagnosis in September 2004.

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May 20, 2005 12:37PM sgoat13 wrote:

My mom was 42 and is now 61 (62 in August) with 10 out of 18 nodes positive. No recurrence until a year ago in the bones.

Shelly
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May 20, 2005 12:41PM Roxwooood wrote:

JoyousATL, we must be nearly the same age! I was 43 @ surgery August 5th and turned 44 last Sept. not long afterwards. Hope we have many more to celebrate in the future.

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