Hope - 20 Years Cancer Free


Hello Everyone, 

I hope this message is allowed here. I just wanted to stop in to say hello. This week I am 20 years breast cancer free. I was diagnosed in 2002 with ductal carcinoma that had spread to one lymph node. I had 4 rounds of chemo followed by mastectomies, and another 4 rounds of chemo. I was a young mother at the time with two little ones at home that needed me. I was afraid and unsure what the future held. I often frequented forums like this one for support, and hope. 

This is a message of hope. Treatment is hard, but you will get through it. There is a long life on the other side of breast cancer. 




Congratulations on your 20 years being cancer free it’s fantastic. I found out last week I’m cancer free now after chemo and a mastectomy with lymph node clearance. It was quite strange as I didn’t jump for joy, don’t get me wrong I am happy. Think it’s just been such a journey x

I am glad for you

I have got it back after 19 years, i had no lymph nodes but I had a segmental mastectomy which has a higher risk for local recurrence which I have now. Never mind. You are a survivor


Thank you for posting this. For those of us who are on the young side and just starting out with our breast cancer journey, it’s vitally important that we see success stories. I am so happy for you and may you continue living a long life free from cancer.

Thanks so much for this message, Christina. It’s really encouraging. If I remain cancer free for 20 years, I’ll be 78. So, that would be fantastic. A retirement, enjoying my passions and interests. Travel. Being with family and friends - all without cancer. Sounds good to me!


I congratulate you with all my heart! Thank you for sharing your positivity with us!

This is lovely to hear. Congratulations! Thank you for posting xxxxx

Thank you,

This gives hope to others, just underwent surgery 9 days ago, awaiting pathology results, praying for the best outcome.

Wishing you all the best for the future!x

Thank you CristinaH, 

This, (and longer timeframe) stories like this are EXACTLY what people visiting BCN forums need to hear, especially very anxious people and believe it or not, I find bad news EVERYWHERE. I have never in 6 years, heard a story of the like which you have posted.

More of this please people.



Brilliant to hear !

If I manage 20 years cancer free after early primary breast cancer earlier this year, I’ll be 86!  Lovely to hear your story, its great to be reminded that people can and do go on to have long , healthy lives with no recurrence , it can be very easy to lose sight of that .

My first followup annual mammogram will be in April and even thouigh i know my treatment was curative and there was no spread to my lymph nodes, I’ll never be able to take a clear result for granted in the way I did before.

Lots of love to you all.

Hi all

i had BC 17 years ago-32 rounds of chemo, lumpectomy, 6 weeks of radio.

Great news.

2 years ago I have SBC- but I’m still here, still living my life, still trying to be positive- still praying.

Sending you all positive thoughts x

So pleased you have shared your wonderful news.  Having only just started on this journey and awaiting the start of chemo its so refreshing to hear a feel good story.  Big hug and thank you.

Hi Cristina

I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations on your 20 years cancer free!

It is easy to lose sight of all those positive stories of breast cancer, as we say up here in Scotland, lang may yer lum reek xx

Love and best wishes

Hammy xx

Hi I’m Nikki and new to this forum , I’m so happy to read 20 years cancer free it’s a refreshing change from the doom of diagnosis, well done an I’m so pleased for you , it gives me hope for my future Thankyou for sharing xx