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
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
Reading this and other positive stories gives hope to others who are on similar journeys and are struggling with the uncertainty of the future after a BC diagnosis. Lovely to read this when one is having a down day.
Big hugs to allx
I was lucky enough to know at the start of my journey that my husband’s grandmother lived a long and healthy life and died at the age of 96 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in her 50’s and having a mastectomy.
I also am friends with a lady who remains breast cancer free 20 years later: I’m guessing there are many thousands of ladies that we all walk past every day with similar histories 😊
Wishing you all the best for your treatment @Curly Sue
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.
Thank you Kay 0987,
I haven't heard that stat before and its really helpful.
I sing in a choir with another lady who is 20 years plus clear.
As you say, there are lots of women out there who have come through this really well and its so easy to lose sight of that.
i had BC 17 years ago-32 rounds of chemo, lumpectomy, 6 weeks of radio.
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
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.
"Since my diagnosis, every billboard I see, every advert, every radio station, my mobile phone pop ups are about cancer, it's in my face all the time, maybe it has always been this way and I've never noticed it before??"
It hasn't always been this way before but I'm guessing you occasionally google news stories or maybe linger a longer on a feed about cancer? Because of that, the social media giants who track us will note it in their logarithms and generate more stories of the same type in your feed to keep your interest. So now you get everything cancer related. It's happened to me, too, and when it gets overwhelming I stop taking their bait for a few days and start clicking on other things and it calms down again. Just an FYI.
Yes I totally agree! Need to hear more stories like these to keep my sanity!
Since my diagnosis, every billboard I see, every advert, every radio station, my mobile phone pop ups are about cancer, it's in my face all the time, maybe it has always been this way and I've never noticed it before??
When anxiety and stress levels are heightened due to uncertainty about the future we really need to hear about positive stories and outcomes just for our own mental health. So please keep the positive stories coming as I find so much comfort in hearing about others who are living and thriving even after a cancer diagnosis.
Here's some more positive stories about people I know just in my small community.
1. A friend has been cancer free for 15 years.
2. My friend's mother over 35 years now. She was diagnosed with breast in her 30's and then after that ovarian. She's in her mid 70's now and still going strong.
3. Ex MIL went at least 20 years I know and I think is still alive. Would be at 26 years if she is and she had two positive lymph nodes.
Anyway most breast cancer survivors don't hang out on-line but they're out there. 70% of people are cured. And that 30% that isn't is made up of all the stages and not just early stage. You may not know if you have the cure and that sucks but know one is out there and most of us get it.
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.
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
This is lovely to hear. Congratulations! Thank you for posting xxxxx
I congratulate you with all my heart! Thank you for sharing your positivity with us!
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!
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.
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
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 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.