5 year anniversary tomorrow!!!

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   Posted 11/29/2004 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my g-d, I can hardly believe it.  November 30, 1999, I cried all morning fearing the worst, and cried all that night in terror. "It's cancer," said the doctor. "You'll need your lymph nodes out, not sure if you can keep the breast or if it spread, you will probably need chemo....sorry, come back in a week for the path report and we'll know more."  Wow, here we go....
Mixed emotions galore!  If you had ever told me that I would someday hit the 5 year mark after breast cancer, I'd have never believed it. More than 5 years ago, frankly, I never thought I would get cancer, especially not breast cancer at 30! And until the last year or so, I could never be sure I would be a 5 year survivor. 
I have always said that breast cancer at 5 years gets you a pat on the back and a move into the next statistical category...but no other guarantees.  But 5 years is almost magical sounding to me, and only you all understand that. 
Last year, within a couple weeks of the 'anniversary', I started getting my pain in the sternal area, and it scared the crapp outta me....this year I am looking ahead to only good things. And thinking I just might be on the winning side this time. 
And I am so honored to have you all on my team too. I am humbled every day by you all, my sisters, and especially by our sisters that have passed away, by their heroics and every day bravery.
Looking forward to the next 5 years of this journey with you all...
Love, hugs and pink blessings-

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   Posted 11/29/2004 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   


WooHoo!!! yeah    "Magical" is right.  I hope we spend 5x10 more years with you. 

Love, hugs, and pink blessings to you too,


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   Posted 11/29/2004 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on hitting five years....and it's not "just a number". You're chances of having a recurrence drop dramatically after 5 years. We all know it's doesn't mean it will never come back, but the odds are definitely in your favor now.
Do something fun tomorrow...
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   Posted 11/29/2004 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Lori, congratulations on reaching five years. Amazing, isn't it??? Look how much we have all been though in the past few years. It has been an emotional time for all of us. But, we are stronger for what we have survived. I'm with Julie, do something wonderful tomorrow. Have a great day. Looking forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with you. Hugs and love, Lauri
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   Posted 11/30/2004 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
WOOHOO LORI! yeah yeah yeah I am dancing for you here in Indiana! Here's to 50 more years!!! I think this calls for some margaritas! Would anyone else like one? tongue Or for my non-alcoholic drinkers, how about a virgin strawberry daiquiri? Either way they both taste good when celebrating againist the beast!
L&H, Shelley
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   Posted 11/30/2004 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   

Lori...Happy Dancin here in Louisville!  Congratulations and yes we all know exactly what you are feeling.  I just hit the 4 yr mark last month.  Shelly I will be glad to join you for a margarita...my favorite! 

Do something fun for YOU!  Wishing you many many more celebrations.





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   Posted 11/30/2004 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Well all I can say is with all this dancing going on, the band ought to get out their instruments and have a go at it. tee hee Congratulations. L&H Joyce
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   Posted 11/30/2004 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Lori.....I am so thrilled for you and I am certainly celebrating with you my dear friend. I remember when I met you for the 1st time in St. Louis !!! I thought how unfair that this horrible disease would strike such a young woman...It mad me so angry to see you with the rest of the young woman fighting breast cancer. But, I am honored to know you and call you my friend ! Also, thanks for all the help you give us on the board with your knowledgeable and understanding replies.

Much love and huge hugs




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   Posted 11/30/2004 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Five years is quite a milestone, isn't it? I agree with Cathi. You were so young when we met in St Louis and it seemed so rotten that you had to deal with such an awful disease, along with the other young women. I'm helping to celebrate your five years!!!!! Hugs MK

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   Posted 11/30/2004 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Lori,
Congratulations on hitting your 5 year mark!  Wow, we really have something to celebrate.  I will get out my kazoo for the occasion, can you hear the band playing ?   
I am so happy that you have this day to be so very thankful for.  I will be here to celebrate the next 20-30 or so years with you too.  I too remember meeting you and the other "young" women in St. Louis that were fighting this dreaded disease.  I could relate so much to you all since I was only 33 when I was DX'd in 1985.   I have been truly blessed with ALMOST a 20 year (in March) survival time. 
Please know that you are in my thoughts today.  What a blessing for you......I hope that you are doing something really special.
Love ya,
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   Posted 11/30/2004 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Lori, congrats on 5 years. May you have another 95!!




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   Posted 11/30/2004 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   

I'll join you in the margarita!  tongue    This definitely calls for a celebration!  Have a great day tomorrow.  Like the others said - do something fun.



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   Posted 12/2/2004 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Isn't it great to say we have made the 5 year mark, Lori?  Like the others that met you in St Louis, I felt it was so unfair for someone so young to be facing this dreaded disease.  You are my oldest son's age and I knew I wouldn't want my children going through what we have all faced.  Even though I don't have daughters, many of you here have been like daughters to me.  I have worried about you as though you were my own.  With each milestone you pass, it is more of a relief to this mother.

Five years doesn't mean we have beat the disease, but like Julie said, our chances get better with each passing year.  Keep on top of things, but I know you will be around for years to come.  You have much to do in this life, so head down the road - rough or smooth, you will do fine.

Good luck and God Bless.

Love, Kitty

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   Posted 12/2/2004 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Lori, GREAT news!!! I will hit 5 years in about 6 mo. I will celebrate with you now and then again!! L&H, Gail
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   Posted 12/2/2004 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
5 YEARS!!! Congratulations friend!!!! I remember when we met in myrtle beach i think you were almost 2 years out and i remember thinking 'wow if i could only get 2 years out from this nightmare instead of thinkin in terms of MONTHS!" you are such a blessing to this board and i am so happy for you...be sure to celebrate in a special way... retail therapy, of course!!!!

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   Posted 12/2/2004 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Lori!  We're celebrating with you on this special anniversary!  There are quite a few of us getting ready to hit that five year mark -- and very thankful to still be here.
We've come a long way since our freshman class had its first chemo, but we never take a day for granted any more.  Each day is a gift.
Sending you hugs as you begin counting the days to add another year.  The older I get, the faster those years go!
Take care, my friend. 

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   Posted 12/2/2004 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Woohoo, yippee and whatever other positive exclamation I can think of. 5 yrs. is a wonderful, life-affirming anniversary. I am soooo happy to share this special milestone with you, Lori.

Hoping to share 5 years with so many others on this board. In the meantime, you love every minute of this important anniversary and I'll love it with you. Sending you the biggest ((((HUGS)))). Luci
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   Posted 12/2/2004 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so happy you have reached this milestone. The first five years is the big one and you have certainly earned it.
I'm raising my glass to you and 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30........ more anniversaries.
I'm curious if you will have to see your onc and have your tests every year. 
And, be sure to go out and buy yourself something beautiful and expensive, preferably at a jewelry store.
Congratulatory hugs, Jo-Ann
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   Posted 12/2/2004 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Miss Lori on reaching the 5 year milestone.  I felt better after reaching that one.
Enjoy your celebrating and retail therapy and we'll enjoy celebrating you.  Hugs, Libby
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   Posted 12/2/2004 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Lori,

Just wanted to add my congrats on the 5 year mark.  It is a great feeling though we all have learned that we can never let our guard down.  Hope you had a great day!

L&H, Christi

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   Posted 12/3/2004 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
A belated "congratulations!!!" Lori. Sorry, but I somehow missed seeing this before. 5 years sure feels good, doesn't it?

Love and hugs...

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   Posted 12/3/2004 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   


Wahoo! Five years!!! It always gives me hope when I hear these milestones.  I hope you celebrated appropriately with lots of chocolate and good food!

So happy for you!



ps: they actually just opened a J.Jill store in Toledo, but I think I will be at the back looking through the clearance rack!

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   Posted 12/3/2004 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Lori--a very belated "congratulations" to you, my friend! Many, many more!!!!!

Hugs, Michele
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   Posted 12/4/2004 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   


Congratulations on your five year anniversary!  Hope you had a great day.



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