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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 07:40AM

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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Apr 1, 2019 11:52PM KiwiMum wrote:

Yndorian- I haven’t had anyLE issues thankfully

Dx 3/2/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 12/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 4/19/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/25/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2011 Surgery 2/1/2013 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 7/1/2013 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 2, 2019 08:10AM Yndorian wrote:

Thank you, I wish you many many happy years! Kisses

Dx 9/24/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/26/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/11/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Apr 5, 2019 03:12PM - edited Apr 5, 2019 03:14PM by DancingElizabeth

It *really* helps to have these posts...

I am coming up on my 3rd cancerversary. It was April 13, 2016. I remember everything about that day. Including, the look on the radiologist's face...he looked as if he'd seen a ghost. His face turned white and said “it's not a cyst".

My tumor was large, ugly and very aggressive.

I honestly didn't think I would live another year.

But, I am here, alive and kicking...

I workout nearly everyday and am addicted to HIIT classes. I ran a 5K this past Sunday. And, finished in the top 1/4 of my age division.

I know this can always come back...and still have my dark moments. But, I am grateful to be able to do the things I can do.

And, wish I knew (back then) that I would still be alive today.

Dx 4/13/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/18/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/6/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/8/2016 Hormonal Therapy 11/9/2016
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Apr 6, 2019 04:47PM Traveltext wrote:

DancingElizabeth, You had a diagnosis like mine, only a couple of years later. And like you, my ultrasound technician's eyes nearly popped out of her head before she dashed out to get a doctor. Hmmm, not the best way to find out, and I wish these people could be a bit more discreet, but I soon learned to toughen up and acquire the resilience necessary to handle this disease.

Best wishes to you.


NED breast and prostate cancer. More on Male BC

Dx 03/14, IBC, Lgth. 2cm, Stge IIIB, Gde 2B, ER+/PR+, HER2- ; FEC x3, Taxol x3; Mx & 2/23 nodes; Rads x 33; now on tamoxofin.

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Apr 7, 2019 05:26PM - edited Apr 19, 2019 02:44PM by kmur

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Kim Dx 4/7/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 2, 2019 10:51AM joan888 wrote:

Just checking in after a few years of silence here. Been so busy living life! When I was first diagnosed, I never thought I would still be here NINE years later and still NED! Keep up your hope.

BMX on 4/16/10 with immediate TE's. TAC chemo, 28 rad TX on right breast finished Nov 2010. Exchange Mar 2011 and revision exchange, June 2011. Lat flap w/implant Apr 2012 to take care of skin damage from radiation. (----) () Dx 3/11/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 2, 2019 11:08AM - edited Jun 2, 2019 11:10AM by Yndorian

dancingelizabeth, traveltext, joan888: thank you for posting here the HOPE. It means so much for me and the other newers! God bless you guys!

Dx 9/24/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/26/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/11/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 2, 2019 11:33AM JMouse wrote:

KiwiMum, Joan888, Traveltext, DancingElizabeth, everyone here, thank you for your posts. I agree with Yndorian, your stories and perspectives help newbies like us. I hope years of NED just pile up for you all.

Yndorian, hang in there. Hey, I was diagnosed almost at the same time as you. (Does secret handshake of the club no one ever wanted to join.) The sadness and dread get to me, too. I keep hoping I can get past the treatments and scans and aches and worries and just glide for a bit. Let's both get there.

2 tumors (1.6cm and 3.0cm) graded 2-3​ with lymphovascular invasion. Radiation was IMRT. Dx 9/18/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/12/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/6/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 3/6/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 4/17/2019 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 3, 2019 08:20PM 7of9 wrote:

JMouse.. gliding is good...it comes and goes...I'm 3 1/2 yrs from 10/14 nodes recurrence. Its gone for me these last few weeks, finally did nipple recon with fat grafting. Rougher than I thought. Now we are worried about husband's job this week, his company is restructuring this week and won'tknow if hes safe til end of the week. Uh oh. Always something .. life goes on. Seeing my healthy happy 9 yr old turn 10 in a few weeks. :)

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/31/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/31/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/18/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/18/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/10/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 3/31/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 5, 2019 12:54PM - edited Jun 5, 2019 02:51PM by JMouse

Congratulations on 3.5 years, 7of9. Hope your soon to be 10-yr old has a laugh-filled birthday and your husband's job is safe. I hope you can get back to that gliding soon. :)

2 tumors (1.6cm and 3.0cm) graded 2-3​ with lymphovascular invasion. Radiation was IMRT. Dx 9/18/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/12/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/6/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 3/6/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 4/17/2019 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 8, 2019 02:56AM DeeMay wrote:

Hi ladies,

Just jumping in to say today is 7 years since I was diagnosed and I feel great. Apart from achy joints, thank you Arimidex, and mild lymphedema (confined to upper part of right arm) I am out in the world like any other mom, with my 18 and 16 yr old girls living life like a "nomal" person. I know, define normal😂 but, for a long time I struggled with a type of shame/guilt with getting breast cancer.... having "let my self down" not taking care of myself re diet and exercise, even though I wasn't overweight or particularly unfit when I was diagnosed. I resented my body for how it felt and looked after each surgery, after chemo, when I almost died from pneumonia. I was so angry with myself. I felt breast cancer as a stigma....I thought I stood out like a sore thumb to strangers on the street, Like someone with leprosy! I know now I didn't, obviously. But for a long time thoughts like this consumed me and although I was Oscar worthy for putting on a brave face, inwardly I felt unworthy. Sorry if this post is sounding like a moan, it's not meant to. It's just another facet to the many ways this diagnosis manifests in us. So on a happier note...I am in a much better place. Grateful and bold 7years on. Forever thankful for this forum and all the ladies who have given me hope inspiration and strength, without even knowing it.

Much love

Deirdre x

Dx 6/15/2012, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 13/40 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/28/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 7/23/2012 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/2/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/18/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/25/2014 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 8, 2019 02:37PM - edited Jun 8, 2019 02:40PM by Yndorian

7of9 and Deirdre (what a beautiful name) Thanks for your testimonials! I wish both of you a happy and long life!

JMouse: thanks for your words. I know you from another thread, can it be? Are you in chemo or rads now? I'm having my surgery next tuesday. I hope that we can do the secret handshake for another 40 years!

HUGS

Dx 9/24/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/26/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/11/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 8, 2019 04:27PM JMouse wrote:

Yndorian: yes, I've seen you in the Fenbendazole thread, I think. :) Nice to meet you! I hope your surgery goes really well. Will you do radiation afterwards? How are you feeling?

I've just finished with radiation and already am on hormone suppression medication. It's weird that surgery, chemo, and radiation are now behind me. I'm worried but feeing more free.

:D Yes, I love the idea of enjoying the next 40 years! Let's do it!

2 tumors (1.6cm and 3.0cm) graded 2-3​ with lymphovascular invasion. Radiation was IMRT. Dx 9/18/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/12/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/6/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 3/6/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 4/17/2019 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 8, 2019 07:01PM Yndorian wrote:

JMouse: yes, you're right. Fz thread. I'm glad that you have all your treatments behind you. Enjoy your new freedom. See you around😘

Dx 9/24/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/26/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/11/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 9, 2019 06:48AM Newnorm wrote:

Thanks for posting Deirdre. I understand your sentiment. I still feel permanently scarred and completely betrayed by my body. I really look forward to the day I finally forgive my body for letting me down. I’m confident I will get there soon. I too love these boards for the support. It’s amazing. Thanks for posting and providing honest feedback. Xx

Dx 12/23/2016, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/6/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2017 Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/28/2017 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 9, 2019 11:17PM DeeMay wrote:

Hi Newnorm,

Here's to moving further away from the blame game and a complete return to good health. We owe it to ourselves.

All the best..... xx

Dx 6/15/2012, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 13/40 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/28/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 7/23/2012 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/2/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/18/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/25/2014 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 10, 2019 10:46AM - edited Jun 10, 2019 10:47AM by santabarbarian

Re 'betrayed by my body' I want to point out that you can turn that thought around if you practice.... After all WE are HERE and so many women are not!! Many did not respond to treatment (we did) or did not withstand it (we did).

I feel this: being granted a gangbusters response to treatment and having had a fairly rapid return to normal, I get to be the person who is alive-- and I feel like being mean to myself or having animus against my body is wasting the luck I have been given. Like, if I get to be the lucky one, I ought to FEEL like the lucky one. Or I don't deserve that luck!

Your body dd not betray you. A cell went rogue. I know a never-smoker sunny happy straight edge athlete who got lung cancer!! Freak event!! Another friend who had breast cancer 20 years ago said a helpful thing to me: "You are a good apple with a brown spot. You cut out the brown spot, and you are still a good apple."

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 10, 2019 12:20PM JMouse wrote:

santabarbarian, you're so right, a cell just went rogue enough.

DeeMay, I don't know if this will help, but Dr Devon Lawson of the medical school at University of California, Irvine, said the following about blame and breast cancer at a metastatic breast cancer conference sponsored by Komen earlier this year:

"...breast cancer is essentially a genetic disease caused by DNA mutations that are generated during this cell division process.... [ ] ...your cancer is not your fault. It was not caused by something that you did wrong in terms of your lifestyle. It is inordinately caused by this process of cell replication which we all have to do in order to live.... [ ] ...I seem to get this question a lot about what, what did I do wrong. This is how it happens, and it's not because you did something wrong."

If you like, you can hear this part in her talk on youtube at the 32:56 min:sec mark of mets conference keynote address. (The keynote had four speakers and is almost 2 hours long. Her mini-lecture of breast biology and cell division error starts at 25:33, in case you are interested.)

2 tumors (1.6cm and 3.0cm) graded 2-3​ with lymphovascular invasion. Radiation was IMRT. Dx 9/18/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/12/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/6/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 3/6/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 4/17/2019 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 10, 2019 02:48PM DeeMay wrote:

Thanks so much santabarbarian and JMouse. I will definitely watch that YouTube video. This is exactly the kind of reassurance I need when the negativity creeps in.

Thanks again for the feedback.


Dx 6/15/2012, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 13/40 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/28/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 7/23/2012 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/2/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/18/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/25/2014 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 10, 2019 04:31PM JMouse wrote:

DeeMay: you're welcome.

The conference focused on metastatic breast cancer, so the rest of the video might inadvertently fuel old fears. If you want to be careful, the portion I quoted from (with some skips) was from 32:56 to 33:29 min:sec. :)


2 tumors (1.6cm and 3.0cm) graded 2-3​ with lymphovascular invasion. Radiation was IMRT. Dx 9/18/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/12/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/6/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 3/6/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 4/17/2019 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 11, 2019 04:50AM DeeMay wrote:

JMouse thanks for the heads up🤗 That's so thoughtful of you. Hope you're doing well....I only noticed how recent your diagnosis was. All the very best x

Dx 6/15/2012, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 13/40 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/28/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 7/23/2012 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/2/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/18/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/25/2014 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 11, 2019 08:54AM lifelover wrote:

Over 8 years since my diagnosis and I'm still doing well with no recurrence or spread.

However, I have had a cardiac arrest due to severely blocked aortic valve but following valve replacement and mitral valve repair am feeling pretty good. My heart problems were congenital and not due to my cancer treatment though.

Live each day with love Heart

Micropapillary IDC, extensive lymphovascular invasion. Dx 2/9/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, TUG flap; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, TUG flap Chemotherapy 5/21/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2011
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Jun 11, 2019 11:26AM - edited Jun 11, 2019 11:54AM by JMouse

Thanks, DeeMay. Yes, I'm still in the early days of panic. :) I understand what you mean by a cheery public face vs a distraught private one. For me there are what-ifs and regrets, but most of my anguish is our basic fear of recurrence. Reading about you all living 5+ years NED provides much hope. Thanks, all. :D

Congratulations, lifelover, that's fantastic! (It's especially nice to hear this from someone with lymphovascular invasion like me. Thank you for sharing that.) I'm really sorry you are suffering such heart problems. D: It sounds like you've gotten timely care at least. I hope you continue to feel better!

2 tumors (1.6cm and 3.0cm) graded 2-3​ with lymphovascular invasion. Radiation was IMRT. Dx 9/18/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/12/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/6/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 3/6/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 4/17/2019 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 11, 2019 04:37PM DeeMay wrote:

JMouse I know that panic all too well, but it does get easier the further away from diagnosis and treatment we get.

8 years out is brilliant lifelover. Wishing you all the very best in the future.

I think we're all champions, so there😘


Dx 6/15/2012, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 13/40 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/28/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 7/23/2012 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/2/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/18/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/25/2014 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap

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