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Thank you so Very much!!  And congratulations on your anniversary'sssssss!!!
 
Just got back from my 3month check up..Cancer Free..YESSSS!!
 
I guess I worry because so many of you have the same stats as me, but have had more aggressive chemo.  That's what reallt scars me. Thank you  all for responding, if really does help :)
 
Dx 6/10 age 49 IDC grade 3 clear nodes (2 removed) 4x TC 25 radiation, with 7 boost ( I had a 1 millimeter margin on my chest wall, tumor was at the bottm of my chest, about 1 inch from the center of my chest....not where you would think breast cancer would be?)) My surgeon said it had been there awhile..scarey!!
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I am a 2 and half year survivor will be 3 years clear in October.  I live each day as it comes, like most women on this site reoccurence is always in the back of your mind, but I have my three beautiful daughters and a husband who get me through each day.  One daughter is quadraplegic and brain damaged so I count myself privilaged to be chosen to look after her so cancer has not room in my life.
 
I was saying to my friend today who has breast cancer it is an inconvenience in my life.  Support here has been paramount in getting me through my darkest days in the early stages.
 
Many thanks to all.
 
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diagnosed Sep08,TNBC IDC 5cm tumour, 1+ node, Mastectomy and Axilla dissection May09, 4 of Fec and 4 of Taxotare. 15 Rounds of Radiotherapy. 2.5 years from diagnosis. Reconstruction November2010.
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I'm 2 years this week from finishing up chemo and this July will be my 3 yr anniversary from original dx. Each day seems to get better, it's a slow process but I couldn't have come as far as I have without the support and friendship of the members here.
dx 7/08 TN 14x6.5x5.5 cm tumor

3 Lymph nodes involved, Taxol/Sunitab+AC, 5/09 dbl masectomy, path 2mm tumor removed, lymphs all clear, RAD 32 finished 9/11/09. 9/28 CT clear 10/18/10 CT clear
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Hello Elfdream and welcome.  Thank you so much for sharing your story and congratulations on your eight years.
 
I am out 7 years but have had tnbc twice during that time.
 
We have had several long timers come back to post, they come and go but have gotten
busy with life again.  There is a thread here, more than one I think, try the search box, long time survivors or something similar, lots of posts.
Stage 2 2003
Stage 1 2007
BRCA 1+
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Kitkat ~ I have close to the same stats as you. I'm not happy that there's someone else in my shoes but it's comforting to know that someone else understands how I'm feeling. WE are survivors! We have been cleared and we don't have cancer! I believe that. It's the only way to truly live past the fear. I draw my strength from God and reading his word. Phillipians 4:13 says We can do all things through Him. I remind myself of that everyday. I've decided to live for each day I'm given and I'm smiling more everyday, finally.

Elfdream ~ That is comforting to know. I hope others will stop to post and give us more encouragement. Thank you for sharing.

Gail
34yo Metaplastic TNBC 06/10 stage I grade 3 Taxol x6 AC x4 Bilat Mast with recon 0/2 nodes no rads 01/11 NED
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I am a 3 year survivor. I still worry when I hav a doctors appointment or mammo coming up. I am trying to live each day.
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DX:2/08,3/08 lumpectomy with SNB, clear margins, no lymph node involvement, 4 cycles A/C (dose dense) every 2 weeks, 4 cycles Taxol (dose dense) every 2 weeks, 33 rads finished 9/08, BRCA 1 and 2 neg
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Wow. I just this moment joined this forum for this very reason. My first post is over in the intro thread.  I am an eight year survivor. I had three small tumors, the largest at 2.4 centimeters, one was was barely a spot on the screen and involvement in three lymph nodes. Stage II A. I have as of yet had no reoccurences.

You are right about moving on. I even forgot my diagnosis/surgery date this year! I hope all of you will reach that point.

 However I do not live in fear of it returning. When I was first diagnosed a survivor specifically said "You cannot live in fear of it returning' no more than you should constantly live in fear of being in a car crash or getting hit by a bus. It took me a while to reach that point but I finally got there.

I understand that most of you are in survival mode right now. That tunnel vision is that focused completely on getting better but soon the day will come when you wake up from that and learn to live your life again. It will not be as it was before. It some ways it will be better believe it or not because you will have new attitudes about so many things and things will not be taken for granted.
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I am 2 years and counting.  Those that have been NED for long periods of time probably don't check in here as they have moved on but I am sure with the lingering fear of it's return.  I will never take my health for granted again.  Not quite as happy go lucky as I once was.  But certainly more grateful. When you have God you have hope.    Blessings to you,
Bonnie
age55,Stg2a,Gr3,3.8cm tumor,mod.rad.mast.lft brst3/4/09,4ac,4taxol,33 rads.done11/2/09.BRCA1+oophorectomy1/5/2010,mast.rt brst 2/18/10,NED,bonescan 8/16/10,NED,catscan11/29/10NED catscan 3/17/11 NED
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Could we have a post for all the survivors out there.  I read alot of these post and sometimes it feels as if we are waiting or watching of the cancer to come back, and so many has had it come back.  If we could just see how many are out there that have beaten this!!!  I only know one girl who had this cancer and she will have her 5 year anniversary this august.  Other then her, I know No one personally.  Except for all of you here....you are all I have.  Just wanting more hope.
 
Dx 6/10 IDC stage 1Tc  1.3cm  lumpectomy  4xTC 25 rad. with 7 boost tumor site  clear cat and bone scan 12/10, going tomorrow 3 mo check up and results on scans last week.  hopin and prayenBig smile
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