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Topic: What date is my anniversary?

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Posted on: Dec 6, 2011 11:27AM

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???

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Dec 6, 2011 11:29AM BettyeE wrote:

I have wondered about this also. Someone respond!

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Dec 6, 2011 11:35AM 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 11:38AM 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- Surgery Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both) Chemotherapy 10/06/2009 Adriamycin, Taxol Radiation Therapy 03/24/2010 External Hormonal Therapy 05/10/2010 Femara
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Dec 6, 2011 12:00PM 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 05:28PM , edited Dec 15, 2011 05:10PM 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 05:36PM 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 07:18PM 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 01/25/2008 Adriamycin, Cytoxan Chemotherapy 03/10/2008 Taxol Chemotherapy 05/29/2008 Taxotere Surgery 07/10/2008 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 08/11/2008 External Surgery 08/15/2011 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Right) Surgery 08/15/2011 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Left) Surgery 12/12/2011 Reconstruction (Left)