"See ya next year," said the oncologist.....

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Tavish
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   Posted 8/9/2005 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG..my last 5 year milestone has been met!  I had my mammo this morning (ouchy!) and onc visit. All is well in the boob department and I officially graduate to annual visits. He even gave his blessing when I said I quit the Tamoxifen 2 weeks early...it was funny, he asked if I had finished the Tamoxifen....and was pleased to hear how long I made it.
 
I asked the RN about pregnancy after BC, and she said they know lots of women who had BC and had great success with pregnancy afterwards, no problems. She said if I wanted to consider it, that we should come in for a consult with the onc, to discuss the pros and cons. SOunds like a plan to me, as it is not in the immediate future....
 
On the down side, one of my favorite staff people, that I have known since my first visit there in January 2000, is retiring in September.  Thank goodness I am in a place now wherer I am ok with losing that support....
 
Thanks again to everyone for travelling this journey with me for 5 1/2 years, and I can't wait to celebrate my 5 year anniversary of the 5 year milestone!
 
L&H,
Lori


beck2000
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   Posted 8/9/2005 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hooray, Lori!  Just keep on marking those milestones, girl.  We're right here with you.  I picked up my last tamoxifen refill today and go to the onc on Monday.  I'm hoping I graduate to annual visits then.
 
Here's a big hug as you celebrate.
 
L&H,
Becky


babyseeester
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   Posted 8/9/2005 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS!  That is wonderful news.  I am just about to begin the 5 years on whatever they give me, so I can only imagine the feeling.  It's time to celebrate! yeah
L & H,
Kathy


Skky
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   Posted 8/9/2005 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Lori-
Hope you celebrated big today!! Here's to the first of many five year anniversary's.Poor Tavish, he may not always be the baby.LOL
Michelle
"There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."     -Albert Einstein


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   Posted 8/10/2005 12:18 AM (GMT -7)   
YEAH LORI!!!!!! Doin' the Happy Dance with you!!! Great news! I'll be doing it in another five years with you too!
L&H, Gail yeah
 
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lemonz
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   Posted 8/10/2005 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Lori, that is such a nice thing to see! Congrats to you. I know you had to leave there with a spring in your step. Again I am so happy. If you decide to bring a little competition into the life of my favorite airline steward please tell him, he has a full time job anytime he wants it. PCE can always use a bit of his charm. Not always easy to make the ladies smile that early in the morning. Most of us are running down the run way trying to catch the PCE. Some morning the pink boa brigade does not get rolling as smoothly as it should and its always nice to know we have his greeting to get us started on the right foot. Tee hee. Love the good news. Joyce
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.
 
 


Frayda
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   Posted 8/10/2005 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lori! Congratulations on reaching another milestone! I am sure you feel great as that weight is lifted off your shoulders! Hope you are planning something fun to celebrate! L&H, Frayda


Cathi
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   Posted 8/10/2005 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lori

That is such wonderful news ! I love these celebrations...Happy dancing right
along with you my friend...!!

Love and Hugs

Cathi
Sometimes it is a slender thread, Sometimes a strong,
stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....


MNlady13
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   Posted 8/10/2005 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on reaching this milestone, Lori! It is a tremendous feeling, isn't it? Hard to believe that 5 years have passed, but here we are. Good going, girl! Stay well, stay happy. Hugs and love, Lauri
"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
 
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


Kattbird
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   Posted 8/10/2005 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats to you! But I have to ask a little about the milestone. Yes, still trying to learn a lot of things about all this. I guess if you made it 5 years without recurrance, that this is a great thing? I don't know how to ask this.... if you made it 5 years with no recurrance or just the fact that you have lived 5 ears after treatment? I know I must really sound stupid saying that because I'm not exactly sure what I'm trying to ask. I guess just explain the happiness about making it for 5 years. Hope I didn't sound harsh or rude in anyway. I'm just trying to figure it out so in 5 years I can be extra happy! :-)

wackygal
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   Posted 8/10/2005 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   

LORIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!  CONGRATULATIONS FRIEND!!!!  you must be floating on air... what a great, wonderful milestone.  Definitely a cause for some retail celebration!  bracelet? necklace?  something pink!  I am 6 months behind you! (cross fingers).

do something special tonite!  many hugs, Stef

 


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 To do what I do"

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MNlady13
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   Posted 8/10/2005 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Kattbird, I should let Lori answer this, but I am going to stick my 2 cents in. I think most of us count survival from the day of diagnosis not from the end of treatment. Five years is considered a milestone because most doctors will say you are "cured" after 5 years. Again, I think the opinion around here is you have "no evidence of disease" -- our good friend NED, instead of considering yourself cured. Hope that answers your question. Hugs, Lauri


"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
 
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


ardee
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   Posted 8/10/2005 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Woohoo Lori!!!! Now you're official! LOL Hope we'll all be celebrating that 5 year anniversary of your milestone with you. Congratulations, my friend.

L&H,
Rita


JenPossible
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   Posted 8/10/2005 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Lori,

Congratulations! That is really great news! Sending you 5 hugs and one more for continued good health!

-Jen

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   Posted 8/11/2005 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Lori:
 
Anniversaries are so wonderful to celebrate.  I always felt that 5 years was just so long to wait, but the time really does go by so fast and I am so happy about your 5 year span.  Congratulations!! I am happy dancing for you her in Ohio. 
yeah  
 
Love and hugs,
 
Candy
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
 


Tavish
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   Posted 8/11/2005 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all-
While I get geeked up for most anniversaries in cancerland, and I can tell you the date for just about everything...like most of the others, it came and went without much fanfare, just another day....
I will post more later, but I guess we recently engaged in the ULTIMATE retail therapy, as Leigh and I have bought a house! Mine is on the market as of this week and his was up a month ago (condo's are hard to sell here). So, I am feeling a little tight with my money these days and not sure if any jewelry or other retail items are on the agenda....but maybe a little something??

Katt-
The docs will tell you that most recurrances happen within the first 2 years, and then there is another statistical dropoff after the 5 year mark. This is evident in the follow up protocol for BC, where we go quarterly for the first 2 years, then every 6 months, and drop to annual at the 5 year mark. In some cancers, they use the word cure after 5 years. Like Lauri said, in BC, we just say NED...and NED after 5 years is a very good thing. Each milestone is another one to count, but 5 years is golden to us...plus it means I just finished tamoxifen, another major marker. This is the first time that I will go a whole year before seeing the onc, like a graduation....

Thanks again to all the well-wishers. I can't imagine being here without you all.
L&H & more H....
Lori


gma
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   Posted 8/11/2005 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I like the sound of the fifth anniversary of the five year mark and the tenth....and on. I know you are feeling great about it all and you certainly should be. We are all happy dancin right along with you. Hmmmm a new house, baby questions??????? Sounds really interesting and exciting. Good luck and God Bless. Hugs MK


skeeter1
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   Posted 8/12/2005 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrates LORI, doin happy dance for you... I will be done with radiation next weeks then start my tamoxifen and pray and hope I can join you in 5 years and we can do a happy dance together.... keep posting here though k cause I have learned alot from you even if I don't post alot I read what you write and you have helped me tons without even knowing.... yea!!!!!! I look like snoopy right now when he does his little dance... WAY TO GOOOOOOO.......skeeter1

BAK
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   Posted 8/12/2005 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah

Congrats Lori!

I'm so happy for you and look forward to posting in here in ...ummm...4 1/2 years with my own 5 year date!

HUGS!

Beth
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