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Old 02-26-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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Gabrielle in 10th year

Hi Friends,

Just want to check in and say I'm in my 10th year.

Diagnosed Dec 23 1999. Stage III at age 44; Her2/Neu, estrogen negative; 9 positive nodes out of 21; 5.2 cm tumor, infiltrating ductal.

Treatment: Mastectomy; 4 rounds of adriamycin / cytoxin, 4 rounds of taxotere, 25 hits of radiation; 52 weekly treatments of Herceptin.

Prophylactic mastectomy and hysterectomy one year after diagnosis.

It hasn't recurred. My kids were 9 and 12 at diagnosis; now they are 18 and 21.

Almost halfway through my doctorate. God is good.

Wishing all of you the best. Stay hopeful!

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Old 02-27-2009, 01:41 AM   #2
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Thanks, Gabrielle.

I became active on the board in early 2008 and was very encouraged by your 9th year anniversary post back then.

Congratulations on your 10th year NED.

Is your doctorate study in the health science field? Just curious.

Erythema Nodosum 85
Life-long Central Neurocytoma 4x5x6.5 cm 23 hrs 62090 semi-coma 10 d PT OT ST 30 d
3 Infertility tmts 99 > 3 u. fibroids > Pills
CN 3 GKRS 52301
IDC 1.2 cm Her2 +++ ER 5% R. Lmptmy SLNB+1 71703 6 FEC 33 R Tamoxifen
Recc IIB 2.5 cm Bi-L Mast 61407 2/9 nds PET
6 TCH Cellulitis - Lymphedema - compression sleeve & glove
H w x 4 MUGA 51 D, J 49 M
Diastasis recti
Tamoxifen B. scan
Irrtbl bowel 1'09
Colonoscopy 313
BRCA1 V1247I
hptc hemangioma
GI - > yogurt
hysterectomy/oophorectomy 011410
Exemestane 25 mg tab 102912 ~ 101016 stopped due to r. hip/l.thigh pain after long walk
DEXA 1/13
1-2016 lesions in liver largest 9mm & 1.3 cm onco. says not cancer.
3-11 Appendectomy - visually O.K., a lot of puss. Final path result - not cancer.
Start Vitamin D3 and Calcium supplement (600mg x2)
10-10 Stopped Exemestane due to r. hip/l.thigh pain OKed by Onco 11-08-2016
7-23-2018 9 mm groundglass nodule within the right lower lobe with indolent behavior. Due to possible adenocarcinoma, Recommend annual surveilence.
7-10-2019 CT to check lung nodule.
1-10-2020 8mm stable nodule on R Lung, two 6mm new ones on L Lung, a possible lymph node involvement in inter fissule.

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Old 02-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #3
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Hope is a wonderful gift, Gabrielle. Thank you and congratulations on year number 10! Amazing!

Smile On!

Dx'd w/multifocal DCIS/IDS 3/08
7mm invasive component
Partial mast. 5/08
Stage 1b, ER 80%, PR 90%, HER-2 6.9 on FISH
0/5 nodes
4 AC, 4 TH finished 9/08
Herceptin every 3 weeks. Finished 7/09
Tamoxifen 10/08. Switched to Femara 8/09
Bilat SPM w/reconstruction 10/08
Clinical Trial w/Clondronate 12/08
Stopped Clondronate--too hard on my gizzard!
Switched back to Tamoxifen due to tendon pain from Femara

11 Years NED
I think I just might hang around awhile....

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Old 02-28-2009, 09:13 PM   #4
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Wink Gabrielle in 10th year

Congratulations !! Keep going !!
12 years and counting
Lucky 13 !! I hope so !!!!!!
14 Year Survivor
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." author unknown
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:12 AM   #5
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Hi Jackie,

My doctorate is in business administration -- I'm a CPA. I wish you continued good health -- glad my post helped. When I was first diagnosed, the survivor posts were so encouraging for me -- glad I can do that now for others!

Hi Laurel,

Thanks! I hope my posts provide hope especially to those newly diagnosed. I vividly remember those days.

Hi Elaine,

Always happy to see your post. Continued long life to you also!

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Old 03-01-2009, 02:57 PM   #6
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Wow! Congratulations Gabrielle! May God bless you with many many more years of good health!
DX: 06-30-2007 - left breast -stage IIIB, Her2/Neu 3+++, ER weakly positive, PR-
Taxol+herceptin weekly for 3 months
FEC+herceptin every 3 weeks for 3 months
BRCA 1 and 2 - Negative
Jan 2008 - Bilateral mastectomy, prophylactic Rt. side.
Radiation for 5 weeks
Completed my yr of herceptin on 07-14-2008
Brain MRI - 3/2/09 Clean
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:37 PM   #7
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Thank you for posting. This offers me Hope for the future.

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Old 03-02-2009, 05:03 PM   #8
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oh wow! congrats!! so inspirational. I wish you continued blessings!
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:10 PM   #9
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Hi Gabrielle!
May you begin a gang of 10s!
MA in TX.
Grateful for each and every day....

Diag. 12/05 at age 60
Stage II, Grade 3, 4.5 cm primary tumor
ER/PR- Her2 +3 strongly positive
Her2 by FISH 7.7 amplified
vascular invasion
Ki67 20% borderline
Jan - March '06 Taxotere/Adriamycin X 3 to try to shrink tumor - it grew
April '06 Rt Modified Radical Mas, 7 of 9 nodes positive
April - Aug. '06 Herceptin/Taxol/Carboplatin X 8 (dose dense)
Sept - Dec. '06 Navelbine/Herceptin x 8 (dose dense)
Radiation & Herceptin Jan. 22 - March 1, 2007
Finished Herceptin Dec. 10 '08! One extra year.
Port removed August, 2012.
8 1/2 years since diagnosis! 5 1/2 Years NED!
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:32 PM   #10
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Wow !
What a wonderful anniversary.

Thank you for posting - your milestone, a great inspiration to all....

Wishing you all the best and may tax season be kind to you!

Stage 1, Grade 1, 3/30/05
Lumpectomy 4/15/05 - 6MM IDC
Node Neg. (Sentinel node)
ER+ 90% / PR-, Her2+++ by FISH
Ki-67 40%
Arimidex 5/05
Radiation 32 trt, 5/30/05
Oncotype DX test 4/17/06, 31% high risk
TOPO 11 neg. 4/06
Stopped Arimidex 5/06
TCH 5/06, 6 treatments
Herceptin 5/06 - for 1 yr.
9/06 Completed chemo
Started Femara Sept. 2006
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:09 AM   #11
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Great news Gabrielle. How lucky you were to get Heceptin back then. Her's to many more years.

DX Sept 03 age 40 Stage 2B Grade 3 mastectomy (after 2 prior breast conserving surgeries)
"at least" 2.3 cm 3/12 nodes ER+/PR+ Her2+++
8 FEC. Tamoxifen then Arimidex. Ovaries out.
"late" Herceptin for 2 years (18months after chemo) on HERA trial. finished Herceptin Nov 2007.
Multiple bone mets May 2012 and now liver August 2012.
Abraxne, Herceptin and Zometa.
June 2013 Tykerb, Xeloda and Xgeva
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