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Topic: What date is my anniversary?

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Posted on: Dec 6, 2011 10:27AM

CherylinOhio wrote:

So I can't decide on whether my anniversary will be day of dx, surgery date or date after last treatment. I think I am leanign towards date after my last rad treatment. Seems best to go with the date when my body was basically on its own, protecting itself. Any thoughts???

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 05/24/2011 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 09/21/2011 Surgery 03/18/2012 Reconstruction of my right breast: Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 09/17/2012 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast; Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 12/19/2012 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Hormonal Therapy 01/01/2013 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
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Dec 6, 2011 10:29AM BettyeE wrote:

I have wondered about this also. Someone respond!

Bettye
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Dec 6, 2011 10:35AM GabbyCal wrote:

I think this is unique to everyone. For me, the day I got the call-back there was something suspicious on my annual screening mammogram stands out. It was a beautiful day and I was feeling unusually happy and healthy, then BAM! My whole world changed. 

Some people don't recognize any day. For me personally, I think it's healthy to pick a date to remember and hopefully recognize if on many, many, many anniversaries. 

Many happy returns of whichever date you choose to you! 

Dx 12/23/2010, ILC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 6, 2011 10:38AM clariceak wrote:

From a medical standpoint, I believe you are correct.  I would really love it to from my dx date.  If that was true I would be past the important 2 year hurdle.  Hang in there. From another Stage IIICer.

Chemo, rads, Femera, Zometa, Ooph Dx 9/8/2009, IDC, Stage IIIC, 9/35 nodes, PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/06/2009 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 03/24/2010 Hormonal Therapy 05/10/2010 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side ; Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my right breast ; Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries
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Dec 6, 2011 11:00AM KerryMac wrote:

"Survival" stastics are taken from date of diagnosis, eg 5 year survival stats are from date of Dx. I think Onc's use end of treatment when thinking about prognosis.

Personally, I use my date of Dx as that is the most emotionally difficult day. Others I know use date of Surgery (becoming cancer-free) or end of treatment. I don't think it really matters, just use a day that is most significant for you.

Kerry - Dx Oct 2008, Stage IIIa IDC, ER/PR+ Mx, Chemo, Rads, Ooph, Arimidex, Zometa, Tamoxifen
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Dec 11, 2011 04:28PM , edited Dec 15, 2011 04:10PM by myrtle1

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 10/31 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 11, 2011 04:36PM scc218 wrote:

I, too, had the same question and posted it awhile back on another thread.  The general concensus was the date of DX, which I was leaning towards anyway because that was 10 months ago.  If I wait until the end of treatment/rads, that hasn't happened yet (but will happen on 12/20).  Myself, I prefer to go back 10 months and start counting/celebrating from that date.  So pretty soon I'll be able to say I'm one year out......and I really like the sound of that.  From another IIIC-er......

Suzy C Dx 2/2/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 24/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/7/2014, Stage IV
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Dec 11, 2011 06:18PM mrsnjband wrote:


With DH's cancer they went by the date they knew the cancer had returned.  So I either go by date of first symptom or date of dx. Which puts me at 4 years! Yeah!!! NJ
Norma June, Bi-lateral MX 2008, Bi-lateral DIEP 2011 Dx 1/10/2008, IBC, <1cm, Stage IIIB, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 01/24/2008 AC: Adriamycin and Cytoxan Chemotherapy 03/09/2008 Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 05/28/2008 Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Surgery 07/09/2008 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side ; Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast Radiation Therapy 08/10/2008 Surgery 08/14/2011 Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap Surgery 08/14/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap Surgery 12/11/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast