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Date Joined Sep 2003
Total Posts : 1373
   Posted 8/16/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Mid August is always a reminder of that crazy time going to NYC for that "ridiculously needless" second opinion.  Thank God I did. 
I'll be four years after lumpectomy on Sept 4.  That's when I really believe I became cancer free.  August 29 is also 18 years sobriety for me too.  This year I'll be on The Cape on these dates.  What a bunch of milestones to celebrate.  I may have come through this journey scathed, but it was worth it.  What more can you ask from life than to be able to say that!
Thank you to each of you who cry with me, laugh with me and above all.....celebrate with me.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
Don't knock on Death's Door.  Ring the bell and run.  He hates that.


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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 243
   Posted 8/16/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations to you! :-)   It has been 2 years for me. It's been a long haul.

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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 135
   Posted 8/17/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ellen (and every1 else too!)

Just thought I'd chime in now.  I too am a 4 yr survivor and life is good!  Congratulations to all in the class of 2003!

For the newbies on the board, this C thing is devastating news, but there certainly is life after diagnosis. Most of us find that we relook at our life and make some changes - in my case two years after diagnosis I decided to retire! Best thing I ever did!  LOL

Hubby and I have just come back from  a visit to Denver where our grandson was competing in the barbershop chorus competition.  It was a wonderful occasion and the boys did very well coming in 11th and beating so many good chorus (many of whom have been singing for more years than the ages of our boys!)  Now they have a taste of international competion they are keen to go to Nashville for the champs in 2007 - but first they have to win the NZ competion which is the end of next month.  I'd love to go to Nashville and hubby admits he has always wanted to go there so we are hoping!

I am still enjoying my music and my embroidery, not to mention having lots of quality time wih my dear grandkids.

Best wishes to all especially MK and Jo Ann - hope you are feeling better now




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Date Joined Oct 2004
Total Posts : 826
   Posted 8/18/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations!  It is a wonderful thing that we can celebrate these things.  Next month will be 3 years since my diagnosis.  I can hardly believe the time that has passed.  So much has changed in my life.  I agree with Kathy, that this makes us look at life so differently and we make changes, usually for the better. 
Enjoy your celebration!  Thanks for being there for all of us, too! 
L & H,

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 8/19/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations Ellen!!!!! I can't believe it's four years already. We all know there will be rough roads in the beginning and, in some cases, for some time. You've done well Dr Ellen.

I'll be toasting you later with my evening glass of Merlot.

Love You, Jo-Ann
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".

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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 955
   Posted 8/19/2007 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ellen,

I wanted to say "Congrats" on the 4 year mark. How wonderful, and I know there will be lots and lots more years to celebrate too. Enjoy your time at The Cape! Also congrats on the sobriety too, YOU DESERVE A BIG HUG (((((((((((((((((((((HUG))))))))))))))))))))))). Hope you feel it.

Love and more congrats!!!!
Your Ohio friend,
"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"

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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 324
   Posted 8/19/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, Ellen!  One of the things I've always liked best about our board is marking important milestones with our breast friends. 
Enjoy a slice of cake with pink icing -- and don't forget to share with us!

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