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Old 12-30-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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Happy New Year !! Hauoli Makahiki Hou !!
I couldn't let this occassion pass without wishing all of you peace, good health and joy in 2011 and beyond.
I was diagnosed in early January, 1999. A doctor told me I had 6 months to live at the beginning of 2000. I remember that day. I did not say anything. I just laid on his exam table quietly, but in my heart and mind I decided that was not going to happen to me !!!!!!!!
I didn't know how I was going to accomplish that task that day, but I figured it out as I went along. I learned as much as I could, was not afraid to challenge doctors when it was appropriate to do so and found ways to get the things I needed. This journey has not always been easy, but I kept going even though I changed the route a couple of times.
I changed doctors when I needed to do that. On the other side of the coin I am still working with one or two doctors I first saw in 1999. Thankfully they are willing to travel with me through this journey.
I am still learning and putting one foot in front of the other. I promised my doctors I will be showing up for check ups when I am 90. That is my goal.
Never give up !!!!!!! Determination, believing in the possibility of success, learning as much as we can, refusing to give up, and being proactive and aggressive are the keys to long term survival.
All the best to each and everyone of you !!!!!!!!!! Never give up !!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: 12 years and still counting

Jackie,

Happy New Year! And many more years of NED! You encourage me!

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Old 12-30-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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Me to !

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Old 12-30-2010, 01:01 PM   #4
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Re: 12 years and still counting

Big congrats to you ElaineM!! Thanks for sharing, gives hope to all of us..

Happy New Year!!

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Old 12-30-2010, 01:13 PM   #5
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Re: 12 years and still counting

Elaine,
Happy New Year! such an encouraging mesaage. Would love to know your history of fighting the disease (I am relatively new to the site and sorry for not knowing).
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:02 PM   #6
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Re: 12 years and still counting

Wow Elaine, what an encouraging post to read as I logged in this evening and many congrats to you on reaching this milestone!!!

Like Grace I also would love to know your past treatment and diagnosis, did you have herceptin at any point???

Thank you so much for posting and sharing this and a very Happy New Year to you!!! xx
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Old 12-31-2010, 03:53 AM   #7
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Elaine = what a beautiful message of your determination and success! Congratulations on 12 years. Keep counting........all the way to that 90 year old check up date and beyond.
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6/03 herceptin, aredia & faslodex
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7/05 xeloda/herceptin/aredia
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2/10 herceptin & tykerb & zometa
4/10 add xeloda &aromasin
10/10 dx with dermatomyiositis triggered by cancer
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2/11 2nd surgery - rod in Left femur
2/11 tx eribulen -- suspended dx brain mets
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:12 AM   #8
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Re: 12 years and still counting

All the best Elaine
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Herceptin started again on 27th Dec 2012.Xeloda stopped Navelbin added on 7th February 2013.Now on Tykerb Herceptin and Navelbin
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:32 AM   #9
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Re: 12 years and still counting

Congratulations Elaine...12 years...what a milestone....you give such inspiration to those of us behind you.....can't wait for you to celebrate 25!!!!
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9/2003 Began Herceptin every 3 weeks
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3/2007 Added back the Xeloda with Herceptin for continued mets to nodes
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3/26 - 5/28/08 Taxol Holiday Whopeeeeeeeee
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11/09 Progression on Navelbine
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7/2010 Back to walking a mile a day...YEAH!!!!
9/2010 Nodes are back with a vengence in neck
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2/21/2012 I CELEBRATE 10 YEARS
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:01 AM   #10
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Re: 12 years and still counting

Congratulations Elaine and many more!!!! Mary L
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:10 AM   #11
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Re: 12 years and still counting

Elaine, congratulations, wow, I envy you. Were you er - or er+? what treatment did you have?
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dx 2010 mets lymph nodes, skin, lung. start taxotere/herceptin.
Stopped taxtere/herceptin, now on tyverb/xeloda.
Lung mets shrinking.
Back on Herceptin with T/X. Partial response.
Skin mets progressing. Radiation scheduled mid february 2011.
Spot found on hip - radiation to hip beginning mid February 2011.
Now trying Gemzar/Tyverb/Herceptin and Zometa.
CT scan Feb 2011 - lung clear!
Brain mets (specks) - radiation mid Feb.
Brain Scan June'11 - Clear
CT Scan June'11 - Good - skin met active - watch and wait.
Surgery to remove skin met. Surgery to back 2012, four titanium rods inserted. Skin mets reappear. On Navelbine, not working. 4 week washout, start Myocet for skin and lung mets August 2012. Brain scan clear despte intermittent blurry vision (something hiding? Am suspicious but hopeful. )On we go, glad to be here.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:32 AM   #12
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Congratulations...stories like yours keep me going and give all of us so much hope! Happy 2011.
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T done Dec. 2009
Herceptin (should finish Oct. 2010)
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Herceptin done!
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3 years out May 2012, all good!
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Old 12-31-2010, 03:25 PM   #13
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Re: 12 years and still counting

Elaine-

What an amazing post and story! I LOVE it!!! I am printing it out and saving it to re-read when I need to (which might be often). Thank you so much for sharing your success. It is great to read!

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  • November 2008: Sentinal Lymph node surgery. 6 out of 9 lymph nodes with cancer
  • Stage IIIc
  • Lapatinib Clinical Trial start: November, 2008
  • Surgery: May 5, 2009
  • Started Herceptin: May 19, 2009
  • Started Radiation (33 rounds): June 10, 2009
  • September 2009: Moved to Michigan to be closer to family
  • 12/09 - still on Herceptin until May 2010
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:52 PM   #14
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Elaine,
Happy New Year to you! I was feeling pretty down today. I just read the cure magazine and they have a new ad for Herceptin. For the treatment I had (TCH), it says it reduces the rate of recurrence by 33%. It really bumed me out. You have really inspired me tonight. THANK YOU!!
Kris....
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03/01/11 - Gamma Knife
6/11 - Necrosis
7/11 - Necrosis stopped & Tumor progression
8/11 = Now think it's really necrosis
9/11 - Avastin every two weeks -- It's working!! Necrosis is shrinking.
12/11 - Necrosis gone AVASTIN worked.
12/11 - Bone &CT found


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Old 12-31-2010, 06:04 PM   #15
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Happy New Year!
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:08 PM   #16
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Aloha,
Thank you for your kind words everyone.
Some of you have asked about my stats and/or treatments. Discussing my stats and treatments was not my purpose in writing this essay.
My purpose was to share something else with you.
It takes alot more than medical science to be a long time survivor of a major health problem. Medical science is important, but medical science is only one part of the plan.
I sincerely hope that each and everyone of you can find the things inside of you that will help you be a long time survivor.
All the best to you in 2011 and beyond.
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:09 PM   #17
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Elaine,
thank you for sharing your post. Along with perhaps many others, I particularly needed that today. Then as I was scrolling down to reply, I saw your SECOND post on the thread. I think I needed that one even more.

Thanks, happy new year, and God bless.
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02/10 Continue NED. 5/10 9/10 Scans NED 10/10 Scans NED
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11/12 Poops! progression in liver, Stop Perjeta/Taxo/Herc
11/12 Navelbine/Herce[ptin - try for a 3 cycles, no go.
2/13 Gemzar/Carbo/Herceptin - no go.
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:47 PM   #18
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Elaine,
Congratulations!!!!
You are a beautiful role model for all of us.
Your strength and love of life is beautiful.
Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
May the New Year continue to bring you joy.

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Old 01-03-2011, 12:40 PM   #19
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Hi Elaine. What a wonderful inspiring message. I want to wish you a very happy healthy new year as well. You are always a bright spot on the site, have helpful kind messages. Must say you live in a beautiful part of the world. I went to Hawaii about 25 years ago and fell in love with your home. still trying to get my husband to go there keep telling him about the amazing golf etc. I told him if we stay a few nights in L.A. it would break up the flight. I think he is just not crazy about the direct flight from Toronto. Anyway thanks again Elaine wonderful news Love Lois
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:32 PM   #20
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Greetings from freezing PA. Today was my onc appointment and my bloodwork was perfect and the node under my chin was just a node under my chin..... and that is not where you usually find recurrence. It is hard to find it now as it has gone down. He feels it was my body fighting against the bronchitis my husband had. I do not need my ct scans done untill spring He said, you do not have cancer so stop worrying! The place where my cancer has recurred has always been skin mets on my mastectomy site and my Dr. says if it should return that is where it most likely would be. I feel so much better. I had myself really stressed out over this. Thank you for sending me prayers & good wishes. Mary L
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