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Old 01-04-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Smile Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Hi friends,

Still here - no recurrence. Stage III. God bless you all.
Keep the faith.

-Gabrielle
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Fabulous news! Thanks for posting for all of us !!!
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:03 PM   #3
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Congratulations!!!! And thanks for coming back to encourage us!
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March-August 09: neo-adjuvant chemo, part of a trial at Stanford (4 DD A/C, 4 Taxotere with daily Tykerb), loading dose of Herceptin
08/12/09 - bye bye boobies (bilateral mastectomy)
08/24/09 - path report shows 100 % success in breast tissue (no cancer there, yay!), 98 % success in lymphatic invasion, and even though 11/13 nodes were still positive, > 95 % of the tumor in them was killed. Hoping for the best!
September-October 09: rads with daily Xeloda
02/25/10 - Cholecystectomy
05/27/10 - Bone scan clear
06/14/10 - CT scan clear, ovarian cyst found
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02/15/11 - MVA-BN HER-2 vaccine trial
03/15/11 - First CA 15-3: 12.7 and normal, yay!
10/01/11 - Bone scan and CT scan clear, fatty liver found
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #4
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Never get tired of hearing news like that. Awesome. Thanks for making my day.
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Stray kitten found my lump while I was playing with it. It is now my pet and my dog is not real happy about that.
Mammo good
last herceptin 11/21/11 YAY
reconstruction 12/09/11
Chapter closed 12/10/11, hopefully, fingers crossed
Bone scan, chest xray, clear
04/27/12 Expander removed, implant put in, ahh sigh of relief, much more comfortable
Sept 30, 2014, 4 years NED
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:24 PM   #5
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Wink Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Congratulations !!
Let's walk together.
We need to start a "still here club" for long time survivors.
I was diagnosed January 6, 1999.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:26 PM   #6
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

That always makes you feel good...so happy for you.
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IDC Triple Positive
7 of 14 nodes positive
Lumpectomy May 2009
Port May 2009
AC done in Sept 2009
T done Dec. 2009
Herceptin (should finish Oct. 2010)
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Radiaition x 33 done April 2010
Tamoxafin for five years
Herceptin done!
Still clear May 2011
3 years out May 2012, all good!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:45 AM   #7
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Thanks for posting the good news!! Always glad to hear from survivors!
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Nov 2011 to Feb 2012 - 4 cycles of FEC, Xjeva injections monthly
Feb 2012 to June 2012 - 18 weeks of weekly taxol, herceptin every three weeks
July 2012 - mastectomy of right breast and full nodes removed under the right arm
July 2012 until today - taking tamoxifen daily, continue the herceptin every three weeks and continue the Xjeva injections monthly
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:31 AM   #8
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Still here.. Dr. Gabrielle, now. Graduated with my doctorate in Bus Admin this year. Life goes on. Keep the faith! God bless.
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:20 PM   #9
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Congratulations Dr. Gabrielle,

What type of lifestyle changes did you make if any? Did you take part in any clinical trials?

Many blessings,
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2009 - Routine mammogram = non palpable lump in the right breast
2009 - Right breast biopsy = negative
2009-2012- "normal" mammograms
2013 March or April (more or less) - Felt a lump and pain (right breast), but decided to wait until my routine mammogram in June.
2013 June = routine mammogram showed "suspicious" lump in the right breast (same breast that was already biopsied and was negative in 2009)
2013 June = + Breast ultrasound and + breast biopsy
2013 June = Diagnosed with Infiltrating ductal carcinoma (IDC) Stage II at age 49.
2013 July = Bilateral mastectomy. Mass was 6 cm!!!! so I was re-staged to stage IIIa. ER+PR+HER+++
Axillary Lymph Node Dissection 2+/17 nodes. Micrometastasis to one of the lymph nodes. Port placed for chemo. 2013 July = PET & MUGA negative (normal)
2013 August = Started A C T H. Already completed Adriamycin (A), and cyclophosphamide (C), and currently on paclitaxel (T) and Herceptin (H). Once I finish paclitaxel in December, will continue with Herceptin alone every 3 weeks until August 2014.
2013 October = MUGA negative (normal)
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:16 AM   #10
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Great news Gabrielle
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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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Old 01-13-2014, 06:13 AM   #11
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Kuddos to you, Dr Gabrielle!

Congrats on your NED status and doctorate in Business Administration. That must have taken a lot of hard work. Good for you!

Paula
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:41 AM   #12
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Congratulations!

Love your story. Love your achievement.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:16 AM   #13
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Dear Dr Gabrielle,

Congratulations and thank you for always coming back here. You were my shining star that I clung to in my early days. You are an awesome lady.
I have a feeling you will be around for many many many many years!!!
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Dxed Stage IIIC May 05, 12 pos nodes
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LVI
Right partial mast & partial axillary dissection-June14,2005
Right modified mast-no clear margins- June 30, 2005
DD AC x4
Taxotere X4 with Herceptin
Rads x 35( 5 fields )
Left prophylactive mast( atypia & hyperplasia found ),
put on Tamoxifen x 1 yr; D/ced due to endometrial thickening
bilateral recon (saline implants)May 06
Nipple recon July 06
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:22 PM   #14
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Thanks Linda! The best to you!
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:23 PM   #15
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Thank you Jacqui and all for your very kind comments! The best to all of you!
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:55 PM   #16
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Hi Gabrielle,

Im a new member... Im very happy to know that you are a 15 years survivor... God bless you. May I know your secret on on how you make it for 15 years? I have a 4 years old daughter and a widow... Every night I have a fear that I cannot see her grwing up. I was diagnosed last sept. 2013 and just done with herceptin last march 2016.... PLease share with me your daily lifestyle to beat our illness. Appreciate your utmost reponse. Thank you.
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:09 PM   #17
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Gabrielle,
Always so good to see these post. So fabulous and I appreciate your post - Pam
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Dx 12/14/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 4/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
Surgery 12/28/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)
Chemotherapy 02/06/2013
Herceptin, Carboplatin, Taxotere Started 6 rounds on 02/06/2013 Herceptin
Finished chemo - May 22, 2013
Radiation Therapy 06/12/2013 - 36X External
TM Marker - 13 October, 2013
TM Marker - 15 November, 2013
Annual Mammagram - 3D - Both Breast - CLEAR!!!
Colonscopy - 1st-Clear - November 18, 2013
CT Scan-Results-Clear - November 27, 2013
BC Diagnosis-1 Year - December 14, 2013
TM - holding steady at 15 - December 24, 2014
TM - 24.2 - January 12
Herceptin Treatment - Last One-February 4, 2014!!!
TM - 3.7 - February 4, 2014
MRI & CT - February 21, 2014 - All Clear
NED - and my doctor said - "well, it looks like you are NED - your MRI and CT are clear - Febuary 25, 2014
TM - 18.2 - February 21, 2014
Port Removed - Scheduled for Wed, March 19, 2014
Port Removed - Yeah!!! I feel lighter already!!!
TM - 15.3 - March 25, 2014
Diagnostic 3D Mammogram - Rt Breast - All Clear!!! - Tuesday, May 13, 2014
TM-15.5 - June 25, 2014
Diagnostic 3D Mammogram - Nov. 2014 All Clear!!!
Diagnostic 3D Mammogram-Rt Only-May,2015-All Clear!!!
Diagnostic 3D Mammo-Annual-Nov 2015-Right Clear!!! - Left Breast-found 5 mm CYST. Aspirated - all clear!!
TM - Nov 2015 - 18.2
NED-December, 2015 - 3 Years NED!!!
TM-Feb 2016 - 13.7
TM-June 2016 - 13.3
TM-Oct 2016-10.0
Annual 3D Mammo-Nov, 2016-All Clear!!!


4 Years - NED December, 2016!!!
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Old 12-11-2016, 11:27 AM   #18
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Hi friends....still here NED. Finishing 17 years after Dec 1999 diagnosis. The years have gone by quickly and am so grateful for each one. My husband and I are actually talking about retirement in 3 years and I never thought I'd live long enough to have that conversation. Was stage 3 with 9 positive nodes.

I've seen my 12 and 9 year old grow into adulthood, finish college and get good jobs. My daughter is getting married in May. Only we, in here, know what a gift that is.

I don't have special secrets for survival except that I was very aggressive about my treatment. I took a year of herceptin after the conventional chemo; opted for full mastectomy even for the non-cancerous breast and requested a hysterectomy a year after diagnosis (I was 45 then). I have no idea why I survived and other worthy women didn't. Cancer is mysterious.

I still work full time and teach part time. Go to the Y about 3x a week. My weight is normal and I eat everything: nothing is off limits including bacon and chocolate. 61 years old now.

God bless you all. Much love, Gabrielle
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:12 PM   #19
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Hi Gabrielle, so glad to see your post, and know you are doing well. I am behind you by 5 years, and I too sought out aggressive treatment.
You know we are blessed and thankful everyday for bring so beyond this
Life changing experience. Wishing you a very blessed holiday season!
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Dxed Stage IIIC May 05, 12 pos nodes
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LVI
Right partial mast & partial axillary dissection-June14,2005
Right modified mast-no clear margins- June 30, 2005
DD AC x4
Taxotere X4 with Herceptin
Rads x 35( 5 fields )
Left prophylactive mast( atypia & hyperplasia found ),
put on Tamoxifen x 1 yr; D/ced due to endometrial thickening
bilateral recon (saline implants)May 06
Nipple recon July 06
metformin 2010
removal of implants due to severe encapsulation, insertion of gummies 2013
Reclast Q yr
NED!!!
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Old 12-15-2016, 03:52 PM   #20
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Re: Gabrielle diagnosed Dec 1999 - Still Here

Thanks so much for sharing! It gives hope to those of us in the early years of survivorhood to hear of the pioneers ahead of us.

You rock - even got a PhD!
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10/2011 began TCH
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