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Topic: Stage III Cancer Survivors...15+ years and out

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

Posted on: Nov 22, 2015 06:02AM

weesa wrote:

Let's just see what happens here...This is a "build it and they will come" experiment. It's time.

If you are not a 15 year survivor but know the story of someone who is, please join in.

Sometimes I wonder if I am an old soul temporarily trapped in a breast cancer body. Dx 11/22/2002, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/19/2003 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/13/2003 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/22/2003 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap
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Nov 23, 2018 07:24PM Roaming_Star wrote:

Thanks for sharing:-) made my day! So inspirational:-)

Diagnosed at age 46. Taking low dose naltrexone as 30% of cancer patients have low endorphins impacting the body's immune system to kill cancer stem cells. Dx 5/24/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/9/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/24/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Dx 12/6/2017, LCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 2/5/2018 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 24, 2018 02:21AM Tri-lady7 wrote:

What a wonderful milestone Weesa! Wishing you and us all continued health and love. God bless

Dx 8/3/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/11/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/16/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 3/26/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/16/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 5/15/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 24, 2018 05:29AM sugarplum wrote:

Weesa, my hero: hope you had yourself a good ol' fashioned slouchfest on Thanksgiving. Aging is such a curious thing, isn't it; just as I find myself cursing it, I immediately have to reverse course and acknowledge I'm lucky to be here at all - under ANY circumstances!

As a side note, last month we finally replaced my 1987 Fiero GT with a 2018 Tesla Model 3. My learning curve had to go from zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds - including getting my first smart phone ever, just to control the thing!

Continue living boldly, my friend....


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, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; 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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Nov 25, 2018 07:36PM Lianakalb wrote:

Thankyou all so much for sharing your stories. I am 24 years old, diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer. All these stories give me SO much hope for my future.

I'm just starting my life, and plan on living a long one.

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Nov 26, 2018 06:12AM IAmElaine wrote:

Thanks for posting your wonderful news, Weesa! A big congratulations o you! I am behind you a bit and am so thankful for every ache and pain I get as I grow older. They are a blessing to me now.

Diagnosed March 1, 2004 with stage 3C ILC, 7cm tumor with 11+ nodes
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Nov 27, 2018 04:41AM YATCOMW wrote:


Congratulations on sweet 16......thank you for continuing to post and letting us know that you continue to do well.

You are such a light here and your posts always leave us with a smile.... I always look forward to them.


Dx 5/2004, ILC/IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 17/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 18, 2018 12:05PM Nadiap wrote:

Hi everyone,

I was diagnosed as 3C in Aril 2017 at 34.

Like @Lianakalb says it gives so much hope to read such stories.

Being so young and listening to oncologists saying you have 50% or less to make it to 10 years, is really tough to get your head around and figure out how to keep going on as a normal young person.

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Dec 23, 2018 05:57AM - edited Dec 23, 2018 05:59AM by Gapeach13

Hello everyone!

Thought I would add myself to this list as I made it to the 15 year mark earlier this year.

We ARE out here. Hugs to all of you and blessing into the next year.


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Dec 23, 2018 08:32AM beeline wrote:

Thanks Ruth! Amazing milestone! Thank you for sharing the hope. Have a wonderful holiday. xx.

American in NZ. Dx’d at (only?!) 42. Had to stop Taxol after #6 due to neuropathy. Hoping to do the MonarcheE trial. 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)
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Jan 21, 2019 05:04PM Carolehebert wrote:

Hi i was wondering if you are still on antihormonal drugs.I also had stage 3,9 nodes and they want me on it forever .I am on Tamoxifen now almost 7 years .I wish so much i could stop but what if ...

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Jan 22, 2019 12:43AM NoteRed wrote:

its such a relief to hear from you all...I'm getting to one year - point of no return - so I m getting a little scare....

Dx 2/2/2018, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 7/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (SPOT) Surgery 2/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/26/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/28/2018 CEF
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Jan 31, 2019 05:36PM Imlalaland wrote:

great attitude!

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Feb 1, 2019 12:48AM countca04 wrote:

Weesa: thank you for sharing. Just finishing AC treatment #4, yesterday and then will begin twelve weeks of Taxol. It's been a change of everything in my life when I thought like my mom who just turned 92 I had 30 years and now I just look at the next five years ahead. So your post gives me much HOPE that this cancer can be beat and I will be here to live with my wonderful husband and two adult daughters that I adore. Breast cancer is a life changer::: I don't have the energy to sweat the small stuff, I must continue exercises. And eating well!! So much encouragement from these posts! Thank God! Today I can't seem to get out of bed because I'm so exhausted and lack energy but I know three days from now I will feel better!!!

Dx 11/5/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery
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Feb 9, 2019 02:51PM hopefour wrote:

Thank you to all for the encouragement!! Wessa once again you put a smile on my face and fill my heart with hope that maybe I'll get to 16!! Cheering us all on to 16 years and beyond!!

Dx 5/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 4/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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45 minutes ago Beatthis wrote:

Sugarplum - i have a very similar diagnosis to you, diagnosed 48 years old November 17, 2cm idc grade 3 her2- with 10/30 lymph nodes affected! Mastectomy left breast and lymph node removal, chemo, radiotherapy and ovary removal, taking Femara letrozole! It gives us newbies so much hope to see that we can still have the chance to lead normal lives after such a scary diagnosis, thanks so much to all you lovely ladies who take the time to help others like myself not to feel doomed and so alone, it really does help so much xxx

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