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Topic: Stage III Cancer Survivors .... 10+ Years and Out

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

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013 04:09PM - edited Dec 5, 2013 08:07PM by AlwaysHope

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May 12, 2020 12:46PM DATO wrote:

Fourteen years ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Breastcancer.org was my lifeline throughout my treatment and reconstruction. I learned so much from those with the same diagnosis, the same chemo regime, and the same reconstruction. Today I recommend breastcancer.org to those who are newly diagnosed. I come back once a year, on or near the date of my diagnosis to offer encouragement to others. Life is good. The only lingering affect of treatment is the neuropathy in my toes. Treatments have changed a lot in the last 14 years. There are going to be a lot more long-term survivors in the future. The thing I worry about most now is COVID-19, not breast cancer. Next year I get to move up to the 15+ group. Stay strong and go wash your hands.Winking

Dx 5/12/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 12, 2020 04:25PM Lexica wrote:

Awesome DATO!

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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May 12, 2020 06:27PM Francesca30 wrote:

Congratulations @DATO !!! Breastcancer org has been my lifeline too. Thankful for inspiring stories like yours

Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/4/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/14/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/14/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/31/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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May 17, 2020 12:09PM kar123 wrote:

Congrats DATO!!!

Dx 6/2010, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/27/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/16/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 1/23/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/3/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 2, 2020 04:03PM jennyboog wrote:

I'm proud to say I'm now part of this group. I never thought 10 years ago that I'd be here today but here I am. It has not been easy, especially at the beginning, everyday got better and better. Before I knew it the years kept passing until they became 10 years. I don't come here much anymore but I had to drop by and share that it can be done. Keep the faith and hope, you can do this. Thank you BC.org for getting me through and all the info!

IDC, IBC & BRCA1+...Cancer touched my breast, so I kicked it's butt! Dx 7/28/2010, IDC/IBC, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 5/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 3, 2020 05:35AM Lexica wrote:

Congrats jennyboog - AWESOME!! And THANK YOU for coming back to share!!

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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Aug 3, 2020 06:20AM sbelizabeth wrote:

Congratulations, Jennyboog! You helped me put one foot in front of the other when I was first diagnosed. Here's to more decades of kicking cancer's butt!

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, 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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Aug 4, 2020 04:46PM TectonicShift wrote:

Congratulations jennyboog! So happy to see your update. Your being here helped me so much when I was first here and long afterwards.

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Aug 10, 2020 05:19AM Newnorm wrote:

Congratulations Jennyboog and thanks for coming back to share your milestone. It still gives me so much hope to see these posts, as it always has since my entry on this BC journey. Here’s to the next 10

Dx 12/23/2016, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/5/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2017 Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Aug 10, 2020 05:38PM Flo80 wrote:

congratulations DATO!!!Gives a lot of hope

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Aug 10, 2020 05:39PM Flo80 wrote:

Congrations Jennyboog!!

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Sep 17, 2020 12:17PM CharlotteMe wrote:

Dear Survivor Sisters,

Today I had my regular oncology follow up appointment. And today I celebrate being 10 years out from the end of active treatment - BMX surgery, 7 months of chemo, and radiation, followed by Femara.

Happily, I am still on Femara, 10 years of it so far and at least one more to go.

I am nearing 11 years since initial diagnosis. So, depending on whenever you count survivorship from, I am squarely in the 10+ years survivors’ club now!

To those just starting this journey, I encourage you to take comfort and find hope in the stories of those of us long-time survivors. I certainly remember doing so! As I read, then re-read over and over again the stories of survivors they gave me hope that my Stage 3 diagnosis was possibly not a death sentence. I was still terrified, but I hung onto hope to make it through.

Yes, as you well knowmy cancer still could return. But I am eternally grateful for the 10+ years so far!

❤️ CharlotteMe


Dx 11/23/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/10/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 2/15/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 10/1/2010 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/1/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 17, 2020 02:48PM CharlotteMe wrote:

Dear Survivor Sisters,

Today I had my regular oncology follow up appointment. And today I celebrate being 10 years out from the end of active treatment - BMX surgery, 7 months of chemo, and radiation, followed by Femara.

Happily, I am still on Femara, 10 years of it so far and at least one more to go.

I am nearing 11 years since my initial diagnosis. So, depending on whenever you count survivorship from, I am squarely in the 10+ years survivors' club now!

To those just starting this journey, I encourage you to take comfort and find hope in the stories of long-time survivors here. I certainly did! As I would read, then re-read over and over again the stories of those survivors on this forum who had graciously shared their journeys of survival they gave me some fragile hope that my Stage 3 diagnosis might not be a death sentence. Early on I was still terrified, but many times I hung onto those stories to make it through the day. Thank you, Stage 3 Sisters, for giving me the gift of hope!

Yes, as you know all too well, my cancer could still return. But today I feel eternally grateful for the 10+ years I have been given as a Stage 3 survivor!

Keep Hoping,

❤️ CharlotteMe


Dx 11/23/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/10/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 2/15/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 10/1/2010 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/1/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 17, 2020 05:52PM fightingmama wrote:

Congratulations CharlotteMe! Thank you for taking your time to post here on your 10th year of kicking cancer and giving us all hope :)

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Sep 18, 2020 05:43AM Francesca30 wrote:

Thank you @CharlotteMe ❤️ Inspired by you and praying I get to make the same announcement in 9 years ☺️

Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/4/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/14/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/14/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/31/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Sep 18, 2020 06:16AM Lexica wrote:

Awesome, CharlotteMe - thanks for coming back to share!

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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Sep 21, 2020 04:31PM kathleen1966 wrote:

I was ten years out in July. I had a 4 year old and an 8 year old at diagnosis. Now I have a freshman in college and a 15 year old!

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 8/23/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 9/7/2010 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/7/2010 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/1/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 7, 2020 05:03AM Lexica wrote:

Amazing Kathleen!

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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Oct 8, 2020 04:05AM NancyD wrote:

Congratulations, Kathleen!

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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Oct 24, 2020 11:55AM inthelight wrote:

Hi all! I just passed 10 years. Dx at age 29, stage IIIa, grade 2, ER+/PR+, 4/5 sentinel nodes. I had a reexcision and mastectomy post chemo, and there was still a ton of cancer in the breast. But here I am, feeling lucky and grateful to all the women who paved the way before me. My goal was to make it to age 40. Now, I think I just might.


So much love to you all.

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Oct 24, 2020 12:36PM NorCalS wrote:

Congratulations Inthelight! You’re a strong woman. Here’s hoping to decades more

Dx: 06/2019, left breast, ER/PR-, Her2-. Treatment: 06/2019 - 11/2019 AC/T. Surgery: Lumpectomy with axillary dissection in 12/2019. Radiation: 01/2020-03/2020. Xeloda - 03/2020-09/2020
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Oct 25, 2020 01:41AM Francesca30 wrote:

congratulations @inthelight 🎉🎉🎉 thanks for coming back to give us hope

Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/4/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/14/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/14/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/31/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Oct 30, 2020 02:20PM beeline wrote:

That is AWESOME inthelight!!! Here’s to many, many more!

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 9/17/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 2/24/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 1/21/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 3, 2020 11:37AM MaxineO wrote:

I am officially 10 years out from my diagnosis on 12/1/2010!!! Stage 3, 4/13 nodes, mastectomy, chemo, radiation...I don't know if I will ever forget those stats :)

It is amazing how far away it all seems; my kids were in 1st and 2nd grade, and now my oldest is getting ready to graduate from high school! I am grateful for surviving the treatment and for having the years I have been granted; I am also grateful for the relief from the incessant anxiety that comes with diagnosis and treatment.

To all of you ladies in the war-zone now, keep fighting. I think so often of my sisters facing diagnosis and treatment and anxiety. Know that you are among thousands who are pulling for you. You are stronger than you ever thought possible!


Dx 12/1/2010, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 4/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 3, 2020 04:04PM cookie54 wrote:

Congrats MaxineO!!!!!! So very happy that you are at peace from all the worries that our diagnosis comes with. May God bless you with the gift of health.

Thanks for posting, gives me hope:)

Dx 8/15/2016, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/14/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant Chemotherapy 10/14/2016 AC Dx 6/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/29/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Surgery 10/19/2020 Lymph node removal: Right Radiation Therapy 11/23/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Dec 4, 2020 05:22AM - edited Dec 4, 2020 05:23AM by NancyD

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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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Dec 4, 2020 05:24AM NancyD wrote:

Congrats MaxineO. Ten is a nice round number. Now let's go for 20!

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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Dec 5, 2020 05:34AM Francesca30 wrote:

congratulations MaxineO! Here’s to another 10 and more!!

Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/4/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/14/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/14/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/31/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Dec 5, 2020 06:52PM amanda6 wrote:

will be 11 years out from stage 3a in Feb. I do have radiation induced heart disease from treatment, (diagnosed 4 years ago), & have had open heart surgery to repair a damaged heart valve. My tumor was on the left breast, at the 3:00 position. All is good now though...wondering if anyone else has had any long term side effects?


Dx 2/2010, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, 4/10 nodes, ER+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/30/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal
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Dec 9, 2020 04:54PM chrishat wrote:

hi everyone! I wanted to post here today, my 11 year cancer survival anniversary. I was diagnosed with stage 3a 11 years ago and today am well and thriving with no evidence of disease. I was 44,I had 5 positive nodes and I went through the full deal, lots of surgeries and reconstructions, chemo, radiation. it was the center of my universe for several years, as I am sure those of you in the thick of it understand. just wanted to say there is hope, life can be normal again, the terror subsides and today I even find myself forgetting details of my cancer story. hang in there sisters!!

bilateral mast. with immediate reconstruction, ooph, arimidex, zometa Dx 12/9/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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