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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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Jan 30, 2020 10:51PM ash123 wrote:

Thanks neeli

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Mar 1, 2020 03:03PM KiwiMum wrote:

Nine years out! I come back once a year to give you hope. I was so grateful for these pages and it was such a comfort to read survivor stories.

From diagnosis with two daughters aged 9 years and 6 years to now. An 18 year old off to College and 15 year old ballet dancer daughter. Life is good.

Those 12 positive nodes haven't beaten me! I'm doing great, happy and healthy and looking forward to reaching the 10 year milestone. See you next year!

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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Mar 1, 2020 05:40PM beeline wrote:

Thanks kiwimum, love this! Congratulations! (from another kiwi mum :)


American in NZ. Dx’d at 42. Had to stop Taxol after #6 due to neuropathy. Randomised to control group in MonarcheE trial 😩 Started delayed recon with FT and implants in 2020. Dx 7/17/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/2/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 8/21/2018, DCIS/IDC/Paget's, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 10/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 9/18/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 2/25/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 1/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 1, 2020 09:36PM sbelizabeth wrote:

Kiwimum, you were diagnosed a few months before me. I'm glad to see you here, healthy and thriving. I'll be nine years in October. Here's to long years of NED!

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Mar 3, 2020 08:12PM 7of9 wrote:

12 nodes 9 yrs later...amazing. I had 10 and am 4 yrs...lead the way!!!!!

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 6/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/19/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/11/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 4/1/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 3, 2020 08:28PM - edited Mar 3, 2020 08:28PM by MinusTwo

Seven years in March after my diagnosis as Stage III IDC - and HER2+ on top of that. Keep on trucking.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 4, 2020 02:21AM libby2002 wrote:

@ Kiwimom - when did you have your ovary removal?

Dx 4/19/2019, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 5/5/2019 TAC
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Mar 5, 2020 08:05PM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

hi guys


my mom's ct scan showed pulmonary nodules on her right lung, but her oncologist and surgeon said it is most likely due to infection because they are very small yet i am still worried. Could they be metastasis?

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Mar 5, 2020 09:41PM mpv459 wrote:

Probably not. Nodes on lungs are very common. Sometimes scar tissue from colds, flu, asthma, ect... They will probably keep an eye on them but they probably will stay the same and not be cancer. Don't borrow trouble. <3

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Mar 6, 2020 08:14AM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

thank you! I just feel anxious and worries. I just love my mom so muc

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Mar 8, 2020 10:11PM beeline wrote:

Congrats minustwo! What a milestone and after a recurrence! Thanks so much for sharing the hope with us.

Ilovemymom - you’ll probably get more responses if you make a new thread in the stage 3 forum or the ones for friends and loved ones. If you fill in your profile with your mom’s diagnosis details it will enable people here to help you more, too.

American in NZ. Dx’d at 42. Had to stop Taxol after #6 due to neuropathy. Randomised to control group in MonarcheE trial 😩 Started delayed recon with FT and implants in 2020. Dx 7/17/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/2/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 8/21/2018, DCIS/IDC/Paget's, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 10/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 9/18/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 2/25/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 1/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 10, 2020 10:42PM JMouse wrote:

Congratulations, KiwiMum and MinusTwo and 7of9!

Multiple tumors with lymphovascular invasion. Dx 9/18/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Apr 17, 2020 10:48AM cordelia wrote:

Hi Everyone....

It has been years since I've been on this website. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer 7 years ago. The spread to my lymph nodes was extensive. There were multiple tumors in my breast. I went into free-fall panic mode and stayed there for two or three years. If that's where you find yourself right now, I just want you to know that it gets better. I had fairly young children when I was diagnosed and had years of obsessive thoughts... hoping that my oldest would be able to drive before I died, so that if my husband couldn't pull himself together, my daughter could still go to sleepovers.... hoping that my youngest could wash her own hair...hoping that they would remember me....hoping I could stop reading this website for hours and hours in the night when I couldn't sleep.....hoping that no one could see that inside I was certifiably insane..... hoping the treatment wouldn't kill me.

Flash forward to now... I am doing so well. My treatments worked. I have had no health issues after my treatment ended. I'm living a full, happy life with my family. My son is in college. My daughter is in high school. I rarely think about the terrible time we went through 7 years ago. I used to obsess over being super healthy. Now I just do my best, exercise a little, eat some veggies, have some wine, take my medicine.

As you read through survivor stories, don't worry about the ladies that don't post here. They are most likely busy living their lives with this chapter behind them. Know that medicine has come a long way. There is always something new to try. Hope and survivors are around every corner. Some day you will realize you haven't thought about this for awhile. You will take some things for granted. You will be calm. You will laugh hard. You will live a full life.

Be well.


Dx 1/28/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 15/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/15/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/5/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2013 Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2014 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 17, 2020 11:15AM Ausykaren wrote:

Congratulations Cordelia.
Thanks for giving hope. Did you have 15 positive nodes or 4? May you have many happy years ahead with your family.


Dx 2/2017, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 11/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 17, 2020 11:22AM cordelia wrote:

Sorry, I didn't know how to record the lymph nodes on here. This is what happened... before any treatment, at least 15 lit up on the scan. Then I had chemo. That killed the cancer in most of the lymph nodes. By the time I had surgery, they only needed to remove 4. Any remaining disease was taken care of with radiation. Take care. :)


Dx 1/28/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 15/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/15/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/5/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2013 Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2014 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 17, 2020 11:52AM Lexica wrote:

Thank you Cordelia!! Glad to hear you are doing so well :)

Diagnosed at 34. 2 years of Ibrance via PALLAS trial (ends 4/2020) Dx 7/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 12/27/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 1/16/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 17, 2020 03:28PM 7of9 wrote:

Cordelia...I could kiss you! (That directly goes against social distancing). I had 10 positive nodes. Am 4 yrs out. Convinced I have a recurrence every few months. Then it goes away and I'm living what I feel is mostly/somewhat normal. You captured my emotions and thoughts about kids, insanity etc so well above. Have an awesome weekend!

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 6/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/19/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/11/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 4/1/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 17, 2020 09:43PM Francesca30 wrote:

thank you @Cordelia! I just passed my 1 year mark post surgery. Still attribute every pain and ache to worrying if it had spread. Thank you for coming back and giving us words of hope. Can’t wait for the day when I can leave this all behind me and move forward without worrying.

Surgery 3/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/30/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Apr 17, 2020 11:22PM Jettie wrote:

Hopefully this is a ray of sunshine to some, My mom had stage 3 breast cancer when I was in my teens, so she's now 30+ years NED, We can do this :D Hopefully I can do the same!!!

She had a lumpectomy and whole lymphatic node system removed with skin graft (her memory is a little fudged now on exactly what they did. I still remember passing out in the hospital with her as she had her dressings changed.... ended up on the bed next to her, what a day that was hehehehe

Dx 2/14/2020, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/11/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/11/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/11/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 8/11/2020 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Apr 25, 2020 06:16PM Misha13 wrote:

Thank you Cordelia, as well as all of you who have posted here!

I’m grateful to have come across your story today. Keep safe and healthy!

DX at 44 “Turning it over, every day.” Dx 6/26/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/16/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 12/25/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 1/7/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 7/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Radiation Therapy 1/29/2019 Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2019 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Apr 26, 2020 06:44PM Flo80 wrote:

Hi guys I am on exemestane and zoladex and herceptin/perjeta. Did anyone experience breast pain in normal breast

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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May 6, 2020 07:32PM honeybair wrote:

I was diagnosed in December of 2012 and all my treatments began in January of 2013. That year in March I welcomed my one and only grandchild, a girl, who is now 7. When she was born I was unable to attend her birth because I was undergoing chemo and really very sick. My daughter brought the baby for me to meet and spent as much time with me as she could during that year. I am especially grateful that there was no horrendous virus around during that time. I am doing well, feeling great, still on letrozole and so thankful for each wonderful day with my beloved husband. I do confess that I positively miss my right breast... a fact that I shared with my female oncologist. Sleeping with my mastectomy pillow each night helps the discomfort of the missing breast. I did develop lymphedema two years ago in my upper right arm, but thank to my specially trained physical therapists, I now enjoy having sleeves to wear on the right arm as well as a lymphedema pump which greatly decrease infection risks and help me to be more comfortable. I am so grateful for each day and rejoice in being alive and feeling well. Wish all my sisters in this journey the very best of health.

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes... Oprah Winfrey Dx 12/6/2012, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 1/30/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 4/3/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 8/19/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 7, 2020 08:12AM NancyD wrote:

Congratulations honeybair! Here's to five years and many more!


Life is good. It's not perfect. but it's good. Dx 2/22/2008, IDC, Left, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/22/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/11/2008 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/5/2008 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/28/2010 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 1, 2020 12:42PM papaska4 wrote:

Stage 3C ILC for me. 27/43 nodes positive. Five years out today!!

Dx 6/2015, ILC, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 1, 2020 01:11PM NancyD wrote:

Congratulations, papaska! Here's to many more!

Life is good. It's not perfect. but it's good. Dx 2/22/2008, IDC, Left, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/22/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/11/2008 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/5/2008 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/28/2010 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 1, 2020 01:18PM Francesca30 wrote:

congratulations @papaska! Just what I needed to read today <

Surgery 3/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/30/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Jun 1, 2020 02:17PM KMom57 wrote:

congratulations papaska. I too badly needed to read that today. Thanks to all of you who come back here and encourage and help those of us at the beginning of this nightmare.

Dx 10/2019, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 2/15/2020 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 5/18/2020 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/31/2020 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 2, 2020 09:15AM Lexica wrote:

Awesome papaska! Thanks for coming back and sharing!

Diagnosed at 34. 2 years of Ibrance via PALLAS trial (ends 4/2020) Dx 7/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 12/27/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 1/16/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jun 2, 2020 02:18PM jenni__ca wrote:

papaska4 congratulations !

ILC, multifocal, 7+++cm, ER+, PR-, HER2-, 1/4 nodes, stage 3A ...16 years !!!!!! and counting....
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Jun 9, 2020 12:28AM Artista928 wrote:

I'm so caught up in current events that I forgot 5 years on June 2. From what I was told for ER+ is your chance of local recurrence in the breast tissues, what's left in some cases, goes down. Overall survival remains the same. With my profile, barring another med comes out, tamoxifen is for min 10 years since I can't do AIs due to ses despite being in menopause.

Tamoxifen contributes to rattling my 12 uterine fibroids with cramping. I have no help after a hysterectomy so I have opted to do a uterine embolization that should block the blood flow to the fibroids and slowly cause them to die off. July 15 is the date. 4 days before they do covid test. 1 night stay. Then as with all the many sxs I've had, I will be set to care for myself.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/1/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant

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