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Topic: What date is my anniversary?

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Posted on: Dec 6, 2011 12:27PM

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 5/25/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/22/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 3/19/2012 Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 9/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/20/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 6, 2011 12:29PM BettyeE wrote:

I have wondered about this also. Someone respond!

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Dec 6, 2011 12:35PM 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 12:38PM 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 10/6/2009 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/24/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/10/2010 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal
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Dec 6, 2011 01:00PM 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 06:28PM - edited Dec 15, 2011 06:10PM 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 06:36PM 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 08:18PM 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 1/24/2008 AC Chemotherapy 3/9/2008 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/28/2008 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/9/2008 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/10/2008 Surgery 8/14/2011 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 8/14/2011 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Surgery 12/11/2011 Reconstruction (left)

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