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 07:09PM - edited Dec 5, 2013 11:07PM by AlwaysHope

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013 07:09PM - edited Dec 5, 2013 11:07PM by AlwaysHope

AlwaysHope wrote:

This Post was deleted by AlwaysHope.
Log in to post a reply

Page 64 of 64 (636 results)

Log in to post a reply

Feb 23, 2022 07:46PM juju-mar wrote:


Thank you for posting! Just what I needed to see today.


Dx 8/27/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/27/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/14/2021 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
Log in to post a reply

Feb 23, 2022 11:55PM francesca30 wrote:

congratulations NancyD and Wintersocks!❤️ cheers to many more healthy 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; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; 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 Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/31/2020 Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant
Log in to post a reply

Jun 20, 2022 09:08AM victoriasecret wrote:

Hi Girls

I always come back on my anniversary- LUCKY 13 this year - to share and give hope to the newly diagnosed. You can read my stats although stats became just that stats to me... A stage 3 diagnosis can be daunting I can tell you it scared the ... out of me. After many years of cysts and lumps and bumps I found myself sitting across from my breast surgeon in total shock. She had to almost Cher slap me .. Moonstruck- Snap out of it moment ! When she told me my tumour was most likely late stage 2 maybe stage 3 . It ended up late stage 3 .

I found BCO as I was doctor googling myself . This site was the start of my mental healing . I was searching anyone who had survived a stage 3 diagnosis and I found it here. I met some wonderful women here many I am still in touch with. Sadly have lost some along the way. I would reach out and there was always a shoulder to cry on. I can't thank BCO enough for that in my early diagnosis.

So what and where did I go to navigate myself into this whole new world ? I'll shorten up the treatment - Double mx. ( after years of being mammogramed and ultrasounded ( not real words ) I was not taking one more chance obviously one was going the fight was on and if I survived that the other one was not going to take a swing at me ! Dose dense chemo and then radiation with a bolus .I found a naturopath and followed a regime of meds . I started REIKI treatments after chemo found great solace in that, went on to to attaining my master REIKI certificate. I also had Zometa infusions for 2 years. I waited 5 years before considering recon was a disaster. I was followed by my onc for 5 and then graduated to my family doctor, I found the two week rule here. If anything persists after two weeks call - it never has.

What has happened in 13 years ?- my daughter was 17-graduating highschool, I had just turned 50, my sons were in UNI .. my daughter went on to become a peds nurse . My oldest son lives in Thailand living the dream my middle son married with two beautiful children .

So life has been good . Does the fear ever go away?- nope- you just get on living.. One of my favourite sayings- Everyday you think you are dying you are not living . I choose living !

So in closing I wish you all many more years of living life and making memories !

Much Love C

Dx 6/15/2009, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 11/25 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/31/2009 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Right) Chemotherapy 8/31/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/1/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
Log in to post a reply

Jul 4, 2022 09:29AM nancyd wrote:

Great advice C!

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; Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic mastectomy; 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 Surgery 6/27/2022
Log in to post a reply

Jul 21, 2022 12:33PM candilea wrote:

Thank you, C!!!! I wish you many more years of choosing living!

Dx'd at 46 with stage IIA. Pathology after bmx revealed 11 cm tumor (multifocal, multicentric, lobular in presentation instead of ductal). Still stage IIA on the new staging system, but locally advanced. Sigh. Dx 4/19/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/3/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/5/2019 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Dx 9/6/2019, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 11/17/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 11/22/2019 Hormonal Therapy 12/17/2019 Aromasin (exemestane)
Log in to post a reply

Jul 24, 2022 12:25PM new_direction wrote:

I was diagnosed 10 years ago, went to the doctor the first time almost 11 years ago, my treatment with chemo, radiation and surgery ended in February 2013. So it's the 10 year mark of my diagnosis this summer. 10% ER 1% PR . Ki ~35. At least 4 nodes (1 with extracapsular extension following chemo)

As time has progressed I think less and less about cancer. When I was diagnosed I only thought days or weeks ahead. I was focused on survival but 2 years ago I decided for a reconstruction and I'm happy about that now.

I think my best advice would be to do what feels right for you and don't blame yourself even if someone else think you should or could have done something differently. Also be open to your own motives of choosing as you.

If I could do something different though, I wish for myself that I could have been more relaxed and taken more breaks from "researching". Some of my motive was not rational but out of fear. I don't regret making a book with pictures, quotes and life advice for my two children. They were 1 and 2 years old. I had planned to order birthday gifts for them ahead of my own time if treatment didn't work or I had a recurrence.

I don't dare to assume I'm cured in any way, but still the feeling of daring to plan some time ahead and not thinking about how to survive all the time is a relief. I really appreciate the feeling of humbleness. Not feeling immortal. That is maybe the biggest "gift" from having breast cancer.

I wish good health and love to everyone who reads this.

Page 64 of 64 (636 results)

Scroll to top button