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Topic: Stage III Cancer Survivors ...Five + Years and Out.

Forum: Stage III Breast Cancer — You are not alone. Meet others who have Stage III breast cancer.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2012 08:40AM

AlwaysHope wrote:

A place to post hope for those who are stage 3. Please posts your stories of HOPE for those just starting this journey.

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Dec 8, 2012 08:52AM - edited Dec 8, 2012 01:42PM by AlwaysHope

This year is my NINE year anniversary for being diagnosed with stage 3B Inflammatory breast cancer, triple negative.

When I was diagnosed the first thing I did was search the internet and all the statistics were grim. I honestly never believed I would be here today. I am living proof that there is ALWAYS HOPE.

My life has been forever changed but it is still a good life. I will never be a 'cancer is a gift' person. Cancer sucks! My life is good in spite of cancer and by God's grace.

I don't come to the boards much anymore because life is so busy now. God has blessed me and opened more doors than I could ever believe but I do come on my anniversary in hopes that my story can provide hope to other IBC'ers or stage 3 women/men who are just starting. Don't give up. Don't despair.

There is ALWAYS HOPE and life can be good again.



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March 13, 2010

I am a triple negative Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) survivor of 6 1/2 years now.  My last scans in November show that my favorite dance partner, NED, continues to keep me dancing.  When given the diagnosis of IBC those many years ago and reading the grim stats, I honestly never thought I would be here today.  That is the meaning of my screen name.  For those of you just starting and wondering if you will make it...there is ALWAYS HOPE.

While my life has been forever altered by this disease, I can honestly say it is still a good life.  God's grace is sufficient.  Many times you hear people say 'when God takes something away, He always gives something better in its place.'  I always used to smile and nod but it really never hit home until this last year.  The last few months, God has opened doors for me that I never would have thought possible.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not one of those 'cancer is a gift or a blessing' types.  Cancer sucks big pickles and I will NEVER consider it a gift.  My Life is good IN SPITE of cancer and because of God's grace.


November 24, 2010

Hi everyone

I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I celebrated 7 years from diagnosis this week and I'm still NED (no evidence of disease).  So for all you stage 3, triple negs, and Inflammatory bc ladies, just remember that there is ALWAYS HOPE!

Life is good.  God is great and worthy to be praised.



November 9, 2011

EIGHT YEARS!!!  Woohoo!  This is my anniversary month for being diagnosed  with triple neg Inflammatory BC and I am celebrating 8 years NED.  I just had my yearly followup with my breast surgeon.  There is ALWAYS HOPE!


November 17, 2012

Wow, has it really been another year already!  Time is moving so fast.  But that's what happens when life is good and fun abounds.  This week is my NINE year anniversary from diagnosis with stage 3b Inflammatory BC, triple neg.

There is ALWAYS HOPE.  Trust in the Lord and HE will make your path sweet and life worth living.  Life is an adventure, enjoy the journey.



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Dec 8, 2012 09:27AM Karina wrote:

AlwaysHope, thank you so much for starting this thread!! And your story surely provides lots of hope!!! I am only two years and a bit more as a survivor, but I do pray and hope for many years... Please long term survivors tell us your stories.

Love and peace to all my stage 3-ers.

September 2017 mets to pleura/spine Dx 8/3/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIB, metastasized to bone/lungs, Grade 2, 6/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 8, 2012 12:11PM Pure wrote:

My mom is stage 1 but is 24 years out. I am stage 3 and 3 years out. I wanted to share with you the following



I have a friend who is stage 3c and is 8 years out and doing great. I have another friend who is 9 years out had a local reoccurence and is now 22 years out.

Dx 8/8/2009, IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 8, 2012 12:37PM hopeforlife wrote:

My mom is one year out, her friend had Stage 3 TP 20+ node IDC and she is 13 years out!!!

I met a woman in clinic who had node+ BC and is 34 Years out!!! She said she forgot how many positive nodes she had since it has been that long.

Mom has Dx 11/14/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 8, 2012 01:03PM oaktownmom wrote:

I have a friend who was stage 3c and is 15 years out. She was diagnosed in her twenties, went on to have two healthy kids, and is doing great!

Dx 6/23/2011, IDC, Stage IIIA, 6/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/12/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 8/16/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 2/7/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/14/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 8, 2012 01:22PM - edited Dec 8, 2012 03:36PM by LindaLou53

AlwaysHope, Thanks for starting this new thread.  I was holding out hope that the Mods/IT would decide to save the original thread and bring back the posts of so many others.  Maybe that is still possible, but we can certainly continue to share our stories here and hopefully, this new thread will provide the same support and encouragement as the original.

Instructions for Retrieving your Old Posts from the Original Stage 3 Five Years+ Out-Check In ! Thread:

  1. For any ladies who had made posts to the original thread, you can go to your Dashboard
  2. then to your Recent Posts. 
  3. Click on View All where you can find every post you ever made on the forums since Jan 2007. 
  4. If you feel any of your posts made to the original thread would still be of value to new readers,
  5. just click on the EDIT button next to that post in your list of posts,
  6. then Copy/Paste the contents into this new thread.

Of course, any of the old posts pasted here will no longer be in proper sequence and might refer to an original post that is no longer present, but perhaps the general content, spirit of support and encouragement they contain will still be of some help to new readers.  For anyone, who chooses to do this, it might be helpful if you mention that it is an older post from the original thread and add the date of the original post.

I will copy/paste some of my original posts in a following post here as an example.

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take...but by the moments that take our breath away! ...I am a 14/9 yr survivor of 2 Primary BCs, 23/23 Positive Nodes (Zometa x 5 years) Started Paloma-3 Clinical Trial 4-14-14 Dx 7/14/2000, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2000 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/30/2000 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/26/2001 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/10/2001 Dx 11/21/2005, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 1, 23/23 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2005 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 12/23/2005 Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2006 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 4/7/2006 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 3/21/2014, ILC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/14/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Dec 8, 2012 01:26PM - edited Dec 8, 2012 03:18PM by LindaLou53

Here are some of my original posts from the now deleted thread:

Originally posted:  May 29, 2010 01:42 AM
CONGRATS Linda K on your 5 year celebration!! So good to hear you are still kicking A**!  You are so right that those of us Stage 3rs with a few years under our belt are keeping very busy with LIFE and not giving the big C any more time than we absolutely have to!  I am following right behind you Linda. July will be 10 years from my Stage 2 dx and in just 6 more months I will celebrate 5 years out from that nasty Stage 3C with 23 positive nodes and still NED!
As hard as it may seem for you ladies just starting the journey, there will come a day when you realize that you no longer think about cancer every day and that you really CAN get back to living a wonderful life!
Hang in there ladies!

Originally posted:  Jun 13, 2011 02:46 PM
Hi orlandpark!  Congrats on finishing up chemo!  I get a little scared before my CT scans too...which I think is pretty typical for all of us.  I also really understand worrying about the numbers.  BUT I want to give you a little encouragement that there are LOTS of us positive node ladies here who are still doing well and dancing with NED many years later!
This July I will celebrate 11 years NED from my first BC dx of IDC with micromets to 2 nodes. This November will be my 6 year anniversary of my second BC dx (unrelated to the first) of Stage 3C ILC with 23/23 nodes all positive.  I get my annual CT scan next month so always start thinking about the "what ifs" around that time, but have every reason to believe NED is still going to hang around!
I'll be sending good thoughts your way for your scans tomorrow and hope you find radiation as easy as I did.  You are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and have all kinds of good things to look forward to!  Hang in there....you are doing great!

Originally posted: Dec 5, 2012 02:02 PM
Exactly 7 years ago today I had a bilateral mastectomy with total axillary dissection for my Stage 3C ILC with 23/23 positive nodes.  As of my last scan in June 2012 I remain NED and am doing great!  I chose a very aggressive treatment plan and am glad I did.  My remaining side effects are well managed Lymphedema along with some peripheral neuropathy in my feet, but I am otherwise in good physical shape.  I still take Aromasin every day and will continue to do so indefinitely.  I just started Metformin this year and hope to hear some preliminary trial results in 2013 to help me decide if I will stay on it.
Other than getting older (which is a good thing....YES!) I feel like my life is very full, rewarding, and keeping me busy with all kinds of non-cancer related activities!  I will always have that small voice in the back of my head that says "what if?" and the knowledge that Life gives guarantees to no one. I still am so grateful to be here to enjoy my family, friends and life for each and every day I am given.
I hope to encourage those newly diagnosed, who are just now facing the fear about their treatment and future.  Know that you will always have a wealth of support here from so many women who really do understand what you are going through. We all know the despair and confusion that can come with a diagnosis, but many of us can also be a testimony to the fact that you CAN get through this!
Best Wishes and Good Health to All!
Linda
P.S. I am also now 12.5 years out from the Stage 2A IDC dx I had in 2000!

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take...but by the moments that take our breath away! ...I am a 14/9 yr survivor of 2 Primary BCs, 23/23 Positive Nodes (Zometa x 5 years) Started Paloma-3 Clinical Trial 4-14-14 Dx 7/14/2000, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2000 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/30/2000 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/26/2001 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/10/2001 Dx 11/21/2005, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 1, 23/23 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2005 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 12/23/2005 Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2006 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 4/7/2006 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 3/21/2014, ILC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/14/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Dec 8, 2012 02:39PM Bugs wrote:

I just heard back from the mods and they said that bringing the old thread back is not possible.  I won't go in to how very angry this makes me as some of the members that posted there have moved on and do not come to bco often at all.  Such a shame that something so important is destroyed forever because somebody  didn't think of the ramifications.

Thanks LindaLou for your directions.  I am going to go see if I can find my posts and I hope many more people do!

Dx 2/1/2006, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 8, 2012 02:57PM Bugs wrote:

I found 2 posts of mine that I am putting in here.

Tomorrow marks 5 years since I have been diag … Jan 31, 2011 10:20 PM

It's been 5 years since I have been diagnosed. My tumor was 8.5cm and I had 3 positive nodes. I remember coming here in such a panic after my pathology report came back. I was freaking out. My son was 8 years old and all I could think about was that he was soon to lose his Mom.
So many of you came to reassure me that it was going to be OK. Kimf, Sherri, Hattie, Janis(Fitz), Wildflowers, Linda, Karen...and so many more. You told me to "breathe" and "take one step at a time". You told me your story and that yes, it sucked...but chemo is do-able. Some have moved on from bco and others still come back to help the newbies. I have met so many "sistah"s that I'll never feel alone.
I am going to celebrate by having an ordinary day. I'm going to hug my 13 year old before he heads off to school, go to work and then after work I'm off to school. A friend of mine is taking me to lunch and buying me a chocolate malt Tongue out

I am looking to the future and planning ahead. I have my bad "cancer" days...but most of them are good days.



In topic 6 years today :)

Six years, ladies! Had a wonderful day..some … Feb 1, 2012 06:33 PM

Six years, ladies!  Had a wonderful day..some of the ladies from work took me out for lunch, came home to flowers from my Mom, and now heading over to a fellow BC sistah's house for a beer.

Love you all!

Cindy 

Dx 2/1/2006, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 8, 2012 03:02PM AlwaysHope wrote:

If you build it, they will come....!  :)

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Dec 8, 2012 03:41PM Rachel1 wrote:





5 year's out from stage 3 Her2 pos 35 pos nodes I thought i needed to post hear for anyone new to this site. There is so much hope for us! My tumor was only 1 cm and when they did my axillary dissection, they found all 35 nodes positive! I'm er/pr negative. I did A/C then 12 weekly Taxols followed by one year of Herceptin. I begged my onc. for another year of Herceptin and they all said NO. I was so dissappointed but looking back, they were right! I also did a HER2 vaccine trial at Seattle WA at the Tumor Vaccine Group. My dr's told me I was not going to make it. I was 39 with 3 small children. I was forced into thinking about what I was going to wear in my coffin, and I hated that! Now looking back I know i was lucky to be dx when Herceptin was available. I took it in a trial and that was my only hope. I'm a nurse and I knew what my chances were. I just gave up for 2 years. I looked for anything I could do, like the vaccine trial, but I didn't think I would make it. Then after about 2 years, I kept waking up thinking, wow, my cancer has not come back yet. They said it would. Maybe....just maybe it won't! I don't think it really sunk in until the results of the Herceptin trial were coming out. There was ALOT of other women thinking the same thing...that their cancer was going to come back, and it DIDNT! Anyone newly dx reading this, I want you to know, you are NOT alone. You have alot of us on this site that are ALOT of years out with a bad prognosis. YOU CAN be that one like us....5...10 years out NED!!!! Come to this site when down. Come to this site when you need encouragement. Come to this site to see that God has given us another chance! __________________


Dx.2003 Stage 3b 35 pos nodes

Dx August 2003 Stage 3B with 35/35 nodes IDC age 39
Lumpectomy
A/C x4 Taxol x12
35 radiation tx
1Year Herceptin in trial
HER2 vaccine trial Seattle
3 months Tykerb off label
NED
This is taken from another board that I follow. I took off the name of the person, though I know she'd love to share.




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Dec 8, 2012 06:35PM hopefour wrote:

This thread is our very own stage lll Christmas Miracle....thank you to all who are rebuilding this very special thread as a gift of HOPE for all and all to come. If you are coming here for the first time or are newly dx please know that wonderful woman rebuilt this thread for YOU...for you to be encouraged, find hope, to ease the loneliness of the battle, to know you have BC sisters that care about you and want you too to be a survivor!!

Dx 5/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 4/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 8, 2012 07:28PM maryannecb wrote:

Wow...I feel sad that SherryG is gone. She was a very positive upbeat poster who offered a lot of sound advice and inspiration.



She was here on ths board when i got here 7 years ago and a steady poster since.



I will post my happy story to this thread when I get a chance. Too busy living life to the max today.lol.

Fists up! Dx 9/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 8, 2012 08:10PM diana50 wrote:

I posted here before one met to spine. I was 10 and half years out before tumor marker doubled. I am convinced that I will be ok and get back into remission. Don't give up. Bumps along the road. You are strong. You can get through this. My friend is 12 years out stage III It is not a death sentence and neither is stage 4. Do the treatments and one day at a time. Don't give up.
Hugs
Diana 50

Not today cancer. Nope. Dx 2/26/2002, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 10/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/4/2002 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 4/3/2002 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2002 Hormonal Therapy 8/10/2002 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 8/30/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/2/2012 Bone Chemotherapy 7/8/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/6/2015 Ixempra (ixabepilone) Chemotherapy 10/5/2015 Gemzar (gemcitabine) Hormonal Therapy 4/12/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Dec 8, 2012 08:33PM dltnhm wrote:

I just want to thank you all for pressing on to rebuild this thread. The other thread was a place I have visited the last 10+ months to read from those who had traveled this road before me.

Most days (when I look back at my experience) I have been fine over this first year+ with my breast cancer diagnosis. I have not yet reached the one year mark in learning that I was stage IIIa - that came with the pathology after my umx last January.

But I did have hard days and every now and then one hits - often out of nowhere. And although I know someone elses's 5+ story is not a guarantee for me - it is an intimate sharing from someone who has been there.

So please continue to seek the voices.

Much love,


Age 48 @ diag. Left SS NS UMX, Sent.Node Biopsy & part. Axillary (Node) Ex., & DIEP recon. on 1/10/12; AC DD Chemo began 2/22/12 ended 4/4/12; Taxol 12x: infusions began 4/26/12 ended 7/11/12! Rads x28: 8/06/12 - 9/13/12; Tamoxifen began 10/01/12 Dx 11/23/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 9, 2012 02:53AM karen1956 wrote:

I will go back and get my posts from the "old" thread, but for now, I just want to say HI and say I am 6 years 10 months old from diagnosis and doing well....I was Dx 02/03/2006.  Since that time I've seen my DD#1 graduate college and get married; DS finish high school and go to college, Hawaii and two Israel twice; and DD#2 become a Bat Mitzvah and is now in grade 9.  I've been to Israel 4 times (1st time to celebrate survivorship with DH and DD#2), once with DD#1 for the 1st Israel RFTC and twice on my own.  There is life after BC!!!!1

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Dec 9, 2012 02:56AM - edited Dec 9, 2012 02:57AM by karen1956

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Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Dec 9, 2012 02:57AM - edited Dec 9, 2012 02:57AM by karen1956

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Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Dec 9, 2012 10:34AM karen1956 wrote:

I deleted the above 2 posts are they were duplicates of my post....I was trying to figure out how to find my posts on the old thread and kept using the back button and my post would come up and I kept clicking it and then I see it was here 3 times......

So I finally found my dashboard thanks to Linda Lou...I was looking under my profile which is why I couldn't find it...never looked on the left!!! duh!!!

So here is my post from my 6th anniversary...it pretty much says a lot of what I wrote above, but I'm posting it here again.....mostly cuz I like what it says.....There will be another anniversary post in a couple months!!!!

Posts: 3,550

karen1956 wrote:

6 years ago (02/03/2006) I heard the dreaded words, "you have breast cancer"....the start of the BC journey.....I endured all the Tx and I'm still here!!!!  Of course, I'll do the real celebration in 3 weeks, when I see my onc for my 6 month check up and get confirmation that I'm still dancing with NED!!!

In the past 6 years, I've had the pleasure of seeing my DD#1 graduate college and get married, DS leave high school, work and go to college and be a part of DD#2 Bat Mitzvah and watch her grow into an amazing teen-ager.....and thats just the beginning of things to look forward to.....

I've been thinking of the date all week, but it was not the first thing on my mind when I woke up....the snow storm in Denver was.....watching the weather, GMA and previews of superbowl commericals...it wasn't till I came to the computer and on fb and saw something about the anniversary of fb starting that the date hit me in the face....so that is good!!! 

Looking forward to growing into a cranky old lady (instead of a cranky middle age lady)......Karen

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Dec 9, 2012 11:59AM Ihopeg wrote:

Heres mine from laast year!

Congrats to all for 5 plus years! 
Five years ago today, November 10, 2006, I got the phone call that changed my life forever:(. I am so glad I got to watch both of my children graduate from high school and hope to watch them grow more! Thanx to all my fellow survivors for all of the encouragement over the years! Everyone, keep up the good work and stay strong!

I Dx 11/11/2006, ILC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 19/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/29/2006 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 1/7/2007 Chemotherapy 1/10/2007 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/30/2007 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/19/2007 Femara (letrozole) Dx 10/5/2018, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/bone, 20/21 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 9, 2012 06:49PM kar123 wrote:

Thanks for starting this post again!  I too will miss SherriG.  She was an inspiration and calming influence on these boards.  Glad to still have all you wonderful ladies to carry on and hope to be able to post my 5+ storie here in a few years!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Kelli

Dx 6/2010, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/28/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/17/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 1/24/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 11, 2012 11:13AM Cpacino wrote:

Thank you beautiful lady's for sharing your stories. I'm newly diagnosed with stage IIIA triple negative. I'm 36 with 3 wonderful children 11, 3 and 18 months and terrified of the unknown but hopeful that I too will be here Posting an encouraging story for women like me. Merry Christmas to you all and thank you!!! Forward, upward, onward. Cheryl

Pathological Complete Response! Forward, Onward, Outward! Dx 9/28/2012, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/5/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Gemzar (gemcitabine), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/5/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 8/2/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy
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Dec 11, 2012 02:14PM YATCOMW wrote:

My diagnosis was Stage IIIC...i had an 8cm tumor with at least 17 nodes positive.  Cancer was creeping outside of several nodes.

It was also in the skin both IDC and ILC.....and in the blood....

With all this bad news.... I am 8.5 years out and feel great.

The only advice I can give you is to live each day .......don't waste a moment worrying about this.....when & if it comes back you can deal with it then.

I have spent over 8 years being a soccer mom......a drama mom.....opened up a business...saw my daughter go off to the college her mom went to....

My children were in elementary and middle school when I was diagnosed.....now in high school and college.  Life went on.....



Fists up

Jacqueline

Dx 5/2004, ILC/IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 17/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 11, 2012 03:33PM sugarplum wrote:

And here I am, jumping on board to add my post - nothing fancy today as I'm actually at work, but my signature pretty much tells my story...

Love to all who journey with me!

Julie 

Keep calm and carry on.... Dx 4/28/2006, IDC, Right, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 10/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/6/2006 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/5/2006 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/30/2006 Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 12/17/2006 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/10/2007 Whole-breast: Breast
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Dec 11, 2012 09:40PM Cpacino wrote:

Thank you Jacqueline for your story and wonderful advice and Julie for the taking the time to share your story. They both give me much hope. Cheryl

Pathological Complete Response! Forward, Onward, Outward! Dx 9/28/2012, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/5/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Gemzar (gemcitabine), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/5/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 8/2/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy
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Dec 12, 2012 06:50PM NoMoreMeh wrote:

This is my first time in years to post here, even though I do read some. I have forgotten my old user name and password. I posted here in 2004-2009 but then moved on. I remember SherriG!  We were diagnosed around the same time and went through treatment together. I hope she is well. She was always a strong support for me and many others. I am looking around the site today and don't see Heidi, Teresa, Rosie, Kim and many of the others from back in the day. I am trusting they have all moved on with life.

Here is my story. I was diagnosed in August 2004 with stage lllb ILC with 8+ nodes. My chemo was TAC and I did it before surgery. I had a bilateral mastectomy and then 30 rads. After taking Femara for 5 years I switched to Aromosin and am still taking it. I will see my onc in Jan and see where I go from there. Right now, I am 8 years and 4 months out. I am glad I checked in here today and could add my story.

Blessings to all of the stage lll warriors who read here.

Albert Einstein: "Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it." Dx 8/12/2004, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 1, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 12, 2012 08:49PM kathleen1966 wrote:

Thanks for your post and I really think you are right, they have moved on and are fine.  I meet stage III women all the time.  My latest was a mother of a friend of my younger son (age 7 now). She was diagnosed triple negative with node involvement five years ago.  Another friend, also stage 3 is now on her 10th year of living free of cancer.  Both of these women were diagnosed in their thirties and they both had young children. I am 2 1/2  years out at the moment, not a long time.  But I feel it is long for the type of cancer I had.  Hormone negative and Her2+.  The truth is that if you are told you have a 30% of having a distant recurrence, the 70% is much larger and there is much hope and reason to feel you will be ok. Women get diagnosed with locally advanced cancer every day and they survive, why not us, why not you, newbie who may be reading this?  Don't lose hope just yet!

Dx 7/26/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/26/2010, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/26/2010, Paget's, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/22/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 9/6/2010 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/6/2010 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/28/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 18, 2012 08:32AM hopefour wrote:

Love personal stories of survival and hope to share my story when I am five years out. Until than I will share about a 63 year old woman who is 7 1/2 years out and had 36 positive nodes...yes all 36 nodes that were taken were positive!!! I was blessed to meet her when I was dx. Her name is Judy and she wore a pink wig when she was having a happy day through treatment!! She believes strongly in joy and laughter and it surrounds you when you are with her. Her breast tumor was very small, ER+ PR+ and very aggressive!

Five years ago this Dec. 23 my mentor, Nancy( a kind woman who called me after dx and asked if she could encourage me through my BC journey) had her last rad treatment!! She counts from end of treatment. She had 8 nodes and a huge breast tumor that were ER+ PR+!

Thankful they both are still in my life and offer me hope on those dark days when fear is winning the battle!! I am also so thankful for those here that share their story of hope!!

Dx 5/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 4/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 18, 2012 09:28AM AlwaysHope wrote:

Those are wonderful! I really appreciate everyone's effort to help rebuild this thread.  I think it was a very important thread to show others that you CAN survive Stage 3 breast cancer.  I hate that we have lost SherriG's thread with all the wonderful history.  I wish it could be restored with Sherri's name as the rightful creator.  Since that can't happen, this is the next best thing I think.

I just also want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to all our survivors.

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Dec 18, 2012 09:34AM liv- wrote:

thanks for posting and retrieving old posts.

its great to read long term survivors, gives us newbies hope.

well done, all of you are such warriorsSmile

much Luv ~~~~~ xx Liv xx ~~~~~ ........ DX Apr 12 - IBC - 10cm -Trip Neg - Stage 3C - 17/24 nodes bad - Adriamyci Doxorubicin Docetaxel Cyclop - Tac Xeloda Nov + Navelbine Dec 2012 combined Chemotherapy 4/10/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Daunorubicin (Cerubidine, DaunoXome), Doxil (doxorubicin), Navelbine (vinorelbine), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 4/13/2012, IBC, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 17/24 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/12/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/30/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 12/17/2012 Navelbine (vinorelbine)

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