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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 12:02PM

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 1/20/2003 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/14/2003 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/23/2003 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap
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Nov 24, 2018 01:24AM 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 08:21AM 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 9/10/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/16/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 3/25/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/15/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 24, 2018 11:29AM 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....

Julie

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 26, 2018 01:36AM 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 12:12PM 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 10:41AM YATCOMW wrote:

Weesa.....

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.

Jacqueline

Dx 5/2004, ILC/IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 17/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 18, 2018 06:05PM 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 11:57AM - edited Dec 23, 2018 11:59AM 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.

Ruth

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Dec 23, 2018 02:32PM beeline wrote:

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


American in NZ. Dx’d at 42. Had to stop Taxol after #6 due to neuropathy. Randomised to control group in 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) Radiation Therapy 2/25/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jan 21, 2019 11:04PM 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 06:43AM 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 2/21/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/25/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/27/2018 CEF
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Jan 31, 2019 11:36PM Imlalaland wrote:

great attitude!


Lori
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Feb 1, 2019 06:48AM 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 08:51PM 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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Feb 16, 2019 04:30PM 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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Feb 18, 2019 11:57AM mpetago wrote:

Hooray, I get to post here officially today!!! 15 years NED 😃😊😁 So incredibly grateful to be here posting this today ❤️


Dx 2/18/2004, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/22/2004 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 4/1/2004 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/15/2004 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2005
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Feb 18, 2019 05:06PM IAmElaine wrote:

Gapeach13 and mpetago, thanks for posting your HUGE 15 year milestones! WooooHooooo! A big congratulations to both of you!

Diagnosed March 1, 2004 with stage 3C ILC, 7cm tumor with 11+ nodes
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Feb 18, 2019 07:18PM beeline wrote:

mpetago - amazing!! Congratulations and thank you so much for coming back and spreading the hope!!!

American in NZ. Dx’d at 42. Had to stop Taxol after #6 due to neuropathy. Randomised to control group in 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) Radiation Therapy 2/25/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Feb 18, 2019 08:12PM wallan wrote:

Me too now.

15 years! NED from grade 3, stage 3 hormone positive!

Dx 3/29/2004, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2004 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/1/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/1/2004 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 1/25/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC/IDC/IDC: Mucinous/IDC: Cribriform, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/8/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 18, 2019 10:33PM mpetago wrote:

Hooray wallan!!!! We're still here and doing great!! 😊🤗

Dx 2/18/2004, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/22/2004 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 4/1/2004 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/15/2004 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2005
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Feb 19, 2019 04:13PM mpetago wrote:

Thank you so much ladies and as long as I'm here, I'll be back to post 😊


Dx 2/18/2004, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/22/2004 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 4/1/2004 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/15/2004 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2005
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Feb 19, 2019 06:16PM Nas wrote:

please ladies, come back and tell us you are doing great, we so need it❤️❤️

Dx 12/5/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/13/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 2/6/2018 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 19, 2019 09:54PM karen1956 wrote:

Not quite to 15 - This month is 13 years since diagnosis - there is life after BC!

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Feb 26, 2019 04:06PM bestrongforeveryone wrote:

hi everyone,

I am new to BC , just done surgery and waiting for Chemo and radiation etc. I read all your stories and feel so warm... it encourages me , I am sure I can do it, like all of you did, thank yo

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Mar 1, 2019 12:47PM IAmElaine wrote:

It was 15 years ago today that I received my diagnosis. I truly cannot believe it has been that long. I was 47 at the time and have seen my kids graduate from college, two received their Masters, they have all purchased homes and two have gotten married. We are expecting two grand babies this year as well. My husband and I have traveled quite a bit and we are so thankful for each and every day.

There is life after bc. Live and love large, ladies.

Diagnosed March 1, 2004 with stage 3C ILC, 7cm tumor with 11+ nodes
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Mar 1, 2019 03:35PM Fritzmylove wrote:

All of your posts bring me so much hope. I just finished neoadjuvant chemo and had my BMX. My pathology showed 4/7 nodes still positive, even though my 6cm breast tumor and sentinel node were completely negative for cancer cells. Is there a chance i could be posting on this thread in the future?

CHEK2+ Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/30/2018 TAC Surgery 2/20/2019 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 3/4/2019 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 4/22/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Mar 2, 2019 06:39PM maryds wrote:

Hi, thank you for sharing this wonderful story! Do you know if your friend's mom went through chemo for all 3 cancer?

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Mar 16, 2019 01:17PM Elderberry wrote:

IAmElaine -- you give me hope. I have just been diagnosed with Stage III, saw my surgeon yesterday and will be seeing the oncologist very soon. I don't know the size of the tumour (yet) because I know it's huge and was afraid to ask. I am a good candidate for all the stuff they can throw at it. I dread the thought of chemo but am anxious to get on with it and get it out of my body. I am so happy to find this forum. It is a great comfort and gives me such encouragement.

I am told I shouldn't kiss or pet my cat when I am undergoing chemo. That depresses me. I love my husband and he is so supportive (he offered to shave his head in support) but Aelfric, my kitty, also is so comforting. Bob will have to clean the litter box! Should I wear gloves and mask during kitty time? He sleeps on Bob's end of the bed.

Can anyone suggest how to manage a messy/cluttered house that is "mostly" clean. Kitchen and bathroom counters always wiped down. There are instruments, crafts stuff everywhere, books, CD's/vinyl. When I looked at preparing your house before chemo it looked like I should strip the place down until it looks like a monk's or nun's cell. Nothing but flat surfaces for disinfecting.

Let me know how you all managed. The thought of prepping the homestead is daunting. It was built in 1929 so it is perpetually dusty. Artist live here -- we hate spartan surroundings.


Keep on keeping on, my new found sisters.





Dx 3/6/2019, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, HER2+
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Mar 16, 2019 01:27PM Elderberry wrote:

IAmElaine -- you give me hope. I have just been diagnosed with Stage III, saw my surgeon yesterday and will be seeing the oncologist very soon. I don't know the size of the tumour (yet) because I know it's huge and was afraid to ask. I am a good candidate for all the stuff they can throw at it. I dread the thought of chemo but am anxious to get on with it and get it out of my body. I am so happy to find this forum. It is a great comfort and gives me such encouragement.

I am told I shouldn't kiss or pet my cat when I am undergoing chemo. That depresses me. I love my husband and he is so supportive (he offered to shave his head in support) but Aelfric, my kitty, also is so comforting. Bob will have to clean the litter box! Should I wear gloves and mask during kitty time? He sleeps on Bob's end of the bed.

Can anyone suggest how to manage a messy/cluttered house that is "mostly" clean. Kitchen and bathroom counters always wiped down. There are instruments, crafts stuff everywhere, books, CD's/vinyl. When I looked at preparing your house before chemo it looked like I should strip the place down until it looks like a monk's or nun's cell. Nothing but flat surfaces for disinfecting.

Let me know how you all managed. The thought of prepping the homestead is daunting. It was built in 1929 so it is perpetually dusty. Artist live here -- we hate spartan surroundings.


Keep on keeping on, my new found sisters.





Dx 3/6/2019, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, HER2+
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Mar 16, 2019 05:01PM beeline wrote:

Elderberry, I’m so sorry you’re here but glad you found this group. I didn’t do any kind of “house prep” and in fact gave up any cleaning whatsoever during chemo. I also cuddled my cat as usual and took great comfort in her sleeping under the covers with me as she has always done. My husband took over cleaning the litter box and I took precautions about illness, but also continued to work and took my kids to school events, etc. Generally you don’t have to quarantine yourself these days. Ask your dr about nuelasta which is a shot they give to help keep your blood counts up. Good luck as you go through this process.


American in NZ. Dx’d at 42. Had to stop Taxol after #6 due to neuropathy. Randomised to control group in 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) Radiation Therapy 2/25/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall

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