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Old 09-24-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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TriciaK checking in!

Thank you all so much for your loving concern--I have been having a pretty rough time, but if not thriving, at least still surviving. Am still on halavan alone, no herceptin, and my tumor markers (ca 27/29 and cea) are slowly going down. I am able to keep food down, though not much or a wide variety, but better than with so many chemos. I am extremely weak, though, and unable to do much, even be on my computer. I have a home nurse twice a week and other helpers, but am not on hospice. I am still fighting, but get more discouraged than I ever have---then I remind myself I am close to 82 years old, have lived a long, full life inspite of fighting BC four times in 26 years, and having a bad heart and scoliosis pain . So what if I have no hair (wisps of snow white!), no eyelashes and no eyebrows!! I am blessed to have a good husband and a wonderful posterity, and many valued friends, including all of you. I have a great deal of faith and a positive outlook. My last PET scan in early June showed that the lung tumors are still there but have not grown much, and my oncologist says if the October scan looks as good I may be able to stop the chemo. So I still have so much to be thankful for! I am a little nervous about the winter months because I usually manage at least one bout of pnuemonia, but I am trying to be positive and keep expecting the best. I will try to get online more and will let you know how the next scan looks. Thank you all so much for messages and love! You mean so much to me! Hugs, TriciaK
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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So happy to log on and read your post....hope the Halaven gets easier on your appetite....we miss you, save your strength for YOU! Just know you are in the hearts and prayers of many on this site!
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet
is fighting some kind of battle."

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Diagnosed at age 49.99999 2/21/2002 via Mammography (Calcifications)
Core Biopsy 2/22/02
L. Mastectomy 2/25/2002
Stage 1, 0.7cm IDC, Node Neg from 19 nodes Her2+++ ER PR Neg
6/2003 Reconstruction W/ Tissue Expander, Silicone Implant
9/2003 Stage IV with Mets to Supraclavicular nodes
9/2003 Began Herceptin every 3 weeks
3/2006 Xeloda 2500mg/Herceptin for recurrence to neck nodes
3/2007 Added back the Xeloda with Herceptin for continued mets to nodes
5/2007 Taken Off Xeloda, no longer working
6/14/07 Taxol/Herceptin/Avastin
3/26 - 5/28/08 Taxol Holiday Whopeeeeeeeee
5/29 2008 Back on Taxol w Herceptin q 2 weeks
4/2009 Progression on Taxol & Paralyzed L Vocal Cord from Nodes Pressing on Nerve
5/2009 Begin Rx with Navelbine/Herceptin
11/09 Progression on Navelbine
Fought for and started Tykerb/Herceptin...nodes are melting!!!!!
2/2010 Back to Avastin/Herceptin
5/2010 Switched to Metronomic Chemo with Herceptin...Cytoxan and Methotrexate
Pericardial Window Surgery to Drain Pericardial Effusion
7/2010 Back to walking a mile a day...YEAH!!!!
9/2010 Nodes are back with a vengence in neck
Qualified for TDM-1 EAP
10/6/10 Begin my miracle drug, TDM-1
Mixed response, shrinking internal nodes, progression skin mets after 3 treatments
12/6/10 Started Halaven (Eribulen) /Herceptin excellent results in 2 treatments
2/2011 I CELEBRATE my 9 YEAR MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7/5/11 begin Gemzar /Herceptin for node progression
2/8/2012 Gemzar stopped, Continue Herceptin
2/20/2012 Begin Tomo Radiation to Neck Nodes
2/21/2012 I CELEBRATE 10 YEARS
5/12/2012 BeganTaxotere/ Herceptin is my next miracle for new node progression
6/28/12 Stopped Taxotere due to pregression, Started Perjeta/Herceptin
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for checking in with us. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and I for one will keep my fingers crossed for some good reports the next time you have tests.
You are a strong woman and you are quite a fighter. You have taught us to hang in there keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep going no matter what happens.
Please continue to take good care of yourself. Feel free to drop by and check in anytime. If you are feeling a little under the weather and don't feel like sitting at a computer we invite a family member or good friend to let us know how you are doing from time to time. Feel free to e-mail or pm me anytime.
12 years and counting
Lucky 13 !! I hope so !!!!!!
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:07 PM   #4
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Re: TriciaK checking in!

Tricia thanks for checking in. Sheila's right - be strong for you and rest on the wings of the loving prayers we are ALL sending you daily!

much much love
Chris in Scotts Valley
June 2002 extensive hi grade DCIS (pre-cancer-stage 0, clean sentinal node) Mastectomy/implant - no chemo, rads. "cured?"
9/2004 Diag: Stage IV extensive liver mets (!) ER/PR- Her2+++
10/04-3/05 Weekly Taxol/Carboplatin/Herceptin , complete response!
04/05 - 4/07 Herception every 3 wks, Continue NED
04/07 - recurrence to liver - 2 spots, starting tykerb/avastin trial
06/07 8/07 10/07 Scans show stable, continue on Tykerb/Avastin
01/08 Progression in liver
02/08 Begin (TDM1) trial
08/08 NED! It's Working! Continue on TDM1
02/09 Continue NED
02/10 Continue NED. 5/10 9/10 Scans NED 10/10 Scans NED
12/10 Scans not clear....4/11 Scans suggest progression 6/11 progression confirmed in liver
07/11 - 11/11 Herceptin/Xeloda -not working:(
12/11 Begin MM302 Phase I trial - bust:(
03/12 3rd times the charm? AKT trial

5/12 Scan shows reduction! 7/12 More reduction!!!!
8/12 Whoops...progression...trying for Perjeta/Herceptin (plus some more nasty chemo!)
9/12 Start Perjeta/Herceptin, chemo on hold due to infection/wound in leg, added on cycle 2 &3
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.
3/13 TACE procedure
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:29 PM   #5
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So happy to see your post, but sorry to hear you are not feeling well. You are one of my all time heroes!

Much, much love to you!
Dx: 11/23/05, Lumpectomy 12/12/05
Tumor 2.2 cm, Stage II, Grade 3, Sentinel Node biopsy negative
ER+ (30%) /PR+ (50%), HER2+++
AC X 4 dose dense, Taxol X 4 dose dense
Herceptin started with 2nd Taxol, given weekly until chemo done
then given every 3 weeks for one year ending on March 16, 2007
Radiation 30 treatments
Tamoxifen - 2 yrs (pre-menopausal)
May 2008 - Feb 2012 Femara
Aug 2008 - Feb 2012 Zometa every 6 months
March 2012 - Stop Femara, now Evista for bone strengthening
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:13 PM   #6
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What a fighter you are...you give us all so much hope! Hugs!
Diagnosed: Feb 2010 @ 46 yrs old
Invasive Ductual Carcinoma, left
2/28/10 Bilateral Mastectomy (tissue saving for future reconstruction)
3.2 cm 2/18 +lymph nodes
Stage 2b; E+/P+/Her2 +++
Nottingham score grade 2
Ki67 30%
3/2010 A/C 4 DD/2wks
5/2010 Herceptin/Taxotere 4D/3wks
8/2010 Herceptin until May 2011
Tamoxifin 20mg
9/2010 RAD 34 treatments
Pet scan Aug 2010 clear
Port removed July 2011
Bone scan, chest MRI 12/11 clear
Vaccine trial began Oct 2011

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Old 09-24-2011, 10:04 PM   #7
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You are a shining example of keeping the faith! God bless!

Post menopause
May 2007 Core biopsy, Rt breast
ER+, Pr-, HER2 +++, Grade 3
Ki-67: 90%
"suspicious area" left breast
Bilateral mastectomy, (NED on left) May 2007
Sentinel Node Neg
Stage 1, DCIS with microinvasion, 3 mm, mostly removed during the biopsy....
Femara (discontinued 7/07) Resumed 10/07
OncoType score 36 (July 07)
Began THC 7/26/07 (d/c taxol and carboplatin 10/07)
Began Herceptin alone 10/07
Finished Herceptin July /08
D/C Femara 4/10 (joint pain/trigger thumb!)
5/10 mistakenly dx with lung cancer. Middle rt lobe removed!
Aromasin started 5/10
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:26 PM   #8
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Staying sane

Tricia, keeping a meaningful rational perspective with all the ups and downs is a very valuable skill you have. I'm glad you have strong support around you to help with some of the difficulties. Thanks for letting us stay with you here.

Dx 2002 age 51
bc for granny, aunt, cousin, sister, mother.
ER+/PR+/HER2+++, grade 3
IDC 1.9 cm, some DCIS, Stage 1, Grade 3
Lumpectomy, CAFx6 (no blood boosters), IMRT rads, 1 3/4 yr tamoxifen
Rads necrosis
BRCA 1 & 2 negative
Trials: Early detection OVCA; 2004 low-dose testosterone for bc survivors
Diet: Primarily vegetarian organic; metformin (no diabetes), vitamin D3
Exercise: 7 days a week, 1 hr/day
No trastuzumab, no taxane, no AI
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:35 AM   #9
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Thank you so much for taking precious energy and checking in for us. We think of you often and when I saw that you hadn't been on line in a while we all started getting concerned. You are so amazing and we care about you a great deal.
Take care

Diagnosed 6/03 nursing daughter
Dose dense A/C 4x
Modified rad mast 8/03
IDC; 3 cm; 10+/16 nodes; ER/PR-; Her2+++
Weekly taxol w/Herceptin (off label) 12x's
40 weeks Herceptin
Radiation 33x
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:26 AM   #10
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I'm so sorry to hear that you're having a rough time right now. You are such an inspiration to me. On days when I start to feel down, or lose hope...I think of you, and all you've been through.
I think of your beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and how your strength and courage have allowed them to enjoy you for these many years.
I've actually said aloud to my family..."TriciaK has fought this for 26 years...I can survive another (fill in the blank)! You're a shining example of what I could be someday, if I'm up to the challenge.

Tricia, I pray that you'll feel God holding you gently in the palm of his hand, as you get your strength back.
And, I hope you can feel the rest of us lifting you in prayer.
Keep fighting! Keep all your strength for you!
With love,
1/11-needle biopsy
2/11-Lumpectomy/axillary node dissection - Stage 3c, ER/PR-14/17 nodes
3/11 - Post-op staph infection,cellulitis, lymphedema,seroma,ARRRGH!
4/12/11-A/C x 4, then T/H x 4, H only,Q3 weeks
8/26/11 finished Taxol!!!
10/7/11 mastectomy/DIEP recon
11/11 radiation x28
1/12/12 1st CANCER-VERSARY!
1/12 Low EF/Herceptin "Holiday" :(
2/12 EF up - Back on Herceptin, heart meds
4/2/1212 surgery to repair separated incision from DIEP recon
6/8/12 Return to work :)
6/17/12 Fall, shatter wrist,surgery to repair/insert plate :(
7/10/12 last Herceptin
7/23/12 Brain Mets %$&#! 3cm and 1cm
8/10/12 Gamma knife surgery, LOTS of steroids;start H/Tykerb
8/23/12 Back to work
12/20/12 Injure back-3 weeks in wheel chair
1/12/13 2nd CANCER-VERSARY!
1/14/13 herniate disk in back - surgery to repair
1/27/13 Radiation necrosis - edema in brain - back on steroids - but not back to work - off balance, poor cordination in right arm
5/3/13 Start Avastin to shrink necrosis
5/10/13 begin weaning steroids
6/18/13 Brain MRI - Avastin seems to be working!
6/20/13 quarterly CT - chest, abdomen, pelvis - All Clear!
7/5/13 finally off steroids!!
7/7/13 joined the ranks of the CHEMO NINJAS I am now Tekuto Ki Ariku cancer assassin!
7/13/13 Symptoms return - back on steroids
7/26/13 Back on Avastin - try again!
8/26/13 Not ready to return to classroom yet :( But I CAN walk without holding onto things! :)
9/9/13 Brain MRI - fingers crossed
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:25 PM   #11
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Hello to our favorite "Timex Engerizer Bunny, She Takes a Lickin' and keeps right on Tickin'!" I am sorry the going is so tough for you presently, Tricia. Really hoping that chemo holiday is right on the horizon! I was really happy to see your post.

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

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

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Old 09-25-2011, 05:43 PM   #12
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Bravo to you dear Tricia - you are an inspiration to us all!! I hope you feel better pronto.

all the best
ER90%+/PR 50%+/HER 2+
1.7 cm and 1.0 cm.
Stage 1, grade 2, Node Negative (16 nodes tested)
MRM Dec.18/06
3 x FEC, 3 x Taxotere
Herceptin - every 3 weeks for a year, finished May 8/08

Tamoxifen - 2 1/2 years
Femara - Jan. 1, 2010 - July 18, 2012
BRCA1/BRCA2 Negative
Dignosed 10/16/06, age 48 , premenopausal
Mild lymphedema diagnosed June 2009 - breast surgeon and lymph. therapist think it's completely reversible - hope so.
Reclast infusion January 2012
Oopherectomy October 2013
14 Years NED!!
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:25 PM   #13
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Add my name to the list of those delighted to hear from you. I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling so good right now. I pray that will cease and you will be back with us. I will always remember meeting you and thinking that you are actually as beautiful as your picture. And even without hair I bet that hasn"t changed.
Love & Hugs,
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:00 AM   #14
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Great to hear from you as ever but do proiritize caring for yourself. Kind wishes
5/2004 (R) 30mm bre gr3 infiltrating ductal ca 16/18nodes er (2+) pr (3+) HER2 (3+)
6 cycles(FEC), Oct 40 rads, Tamoxifen
oopherectomy, Arimedex
liver mets largest 9cm
Taxol + Herc
Herc alone
Multiple bone mets,Zometa
Herc + Gemcitabine
Herceptin + trial drug
Liver and bone mets prog.Abraxane continue Herceptin,Tykerb,Femara and Zometa
Probable liver progression and increased neuropathy. Xeloda with Tyk+Herc. Zometa 6 weekly.
Liver progression,TM +++. Cyclophosphamide and Methotrexate metro Herc Zometa
10/2011 liver mets prog.Herc, 3 Tykerb +2mg decodron daily,Zometa
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:10 AM   #15
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I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers,All the best to you,(Love your posts) Joanna J
found susp.lump Feb 2009
DX Feb 2009 ...Her2+ stage IIa ER/PR- grade 3
partial mast. Right breast,clear margins
chemo (2) carboplatin & Taxotere
could not finish chemo (hospitalized because of infection)
37 rounds radiation
Herceptin (1 yr.)
No clinical trials
Jan.2011 BRAC 1/BRAC 2 Neg
Aug.2011 clear bone/catscan NED
Apr.2012 clear digital mammo
& ultra sound of breasts
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:38 AM   #16
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I wanted to say hello too, Trish! Scratch the years...you're far to valuable to even think of losing. Be super good to yourself and feel the love and prayers sent to you. I'm so grateful for all you give to all of us. Much love, ma
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 09-26-2011, 11:45 AM   #17
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Sending lots of good wishes to you . You are a true inspiration to me.

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Old 09-26-2011, 01:06 PM   #18
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Glad to hear from you, Tricia. You are my hero.

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Old 09-26-2011, 05:24 PM   #19
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So happy to read your update.

Prayers and much love to a dear, sweet her2support friend.

I love you Tricia....

Mary Jo
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Dx. 6/24/05 age 45 Right Breast IDC
ER/PR. Neg., - Her2+++
RB Mast. - 7/28/05 - 4 cm. tumor
Margins clear - 1 microscopic cell 1 sent. node
No Vasucular Invasion
4 DD A/C - 4 DD Taxol & Herceptin
1 full year of Herceptin received every 3 weeks
28 rads
prophylactic Mast. 3/2/06

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Old 09-26-2011, 06:52 PM   #20
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Yes it is good to hear from you, Tricia. You give me so much hope. Thank you for checking in, when I grow up I want to be just like you!!! XO
Suzan W.
age 54 at diagnosis
5/05 suspicious mammogram-left breast
5/05 biopsy-invasive lobular carcinoma with LCIS,8mm tumor,stage 1 grade 2, ER+ PR+ Her2+++
6/14/05 bilateral mastectomy, node neg. all scans neg.
Oncotype DX-high risk
8/05-10/05 4 rounds A/C
10/05 -10/06 1 yr. herceptin
arimidex-5 years
2/14/08 started daily self administered injections..FORTEO for severe osteoporosis
7/28/09 BRCA 1 negative BRCA2 POSITIVE
8/17/09 prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy
10/15/10 last FORTEOinjection
RECLAST infusion(ostoeporosis)
6/14/10 5 year cancerversary!
8/2010-18%increase in bone density!
no further treatments
Oncologist says, "Go do the Happy Dance"
I say,"What a long strange trip its been"
'One day at a time'
7-16 to 9-16. Extensive (and expensive) dental work done to save teeth. Damage from osteoporosis and chemo and long term bisphosphonate use
7-20-16 Prolia injection for severe osteoporosis
2 days later, massive hive outbreak. This led to an eventual dx of Chronic Ideopathic Urticaria, an auto-immune disease from HELL.
still suffering from CIU. 4 hospitilizations in the past year

as of today, 10-31-17 in remission from CIU and still, CANCER FREE!!!
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