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At what point is one considered a "survivor?"

Judith Eleam Profile
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Stage 1 Patient almost 8 years
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    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    I figure every waking moment you are not dead.
    almost 8 years Flag
    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Agreed! There is no set definition of "survivor" in this situation. Going through the horror of breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, reconstruction and enduring the other treatments makes ALL of us survivors - from day one.

      almost 8 years Flag
  • Karyn Crum Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    The National Cancer Institute defines a cancer survivor this way: "An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included."
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sure wish I had a family to be impacted. Only a few distant relatives that I don't know. Friends are a thing of the past. Everybody I call a true friend is not here except for an occasional phone call.

      over 7 years Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Somewhere along the line I have read 5 years. I pretty much feel like a survivor going through the entire treatment/surgery..... yahoo! I am approaching the 5 year mark and will get to stop the hormone therapy. Sharon
    almost 8 years Flag
    • Judith Eleam Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I have read that. I asked my oncologist this question. His answer was "I consider a patient a survivor when surgery is finished." I like his answer! I've never been able to understand what is magic about five years???

      almost 8 years Flag
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I completely agree with your oncologist!

      almost 8 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My moms doc has her taking hormone therapy indefinitely. Does that sound right?

      almost 8 years Flag
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I have found in my short experience with BC, anything to do with cancer treatment, no two patients treatment plans are the same. What might be prescribed for me isn't the same for your Mom. There are many differences on a cell by cell level. ...

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      I have found in my short experience with BC, anything to do with cancer treatment, no two patients treatment plans are the same. What might be prescribed for me isn't the same for your Mom. There are many differences on a cell by cell level. That is what makes cancer treatment so much better now. If your Mom has questions, she needs to seek a second opinion. As patients, we need to be our own best advocates. Your Mom is very lucky to have you, "watching her back" too! Love to both you and your Mom.
      Sharon

      almost 8 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      All I know is that the older you get the more chance there is of it returning, so can you ever say you are a survivor????

      almost 8 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Which one of the pills did you take for five years? Did you find out why you had to take it for five years?

      over 7 years Flag
  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    The moment you are diagnosed you are considered a survivor, as you are living through it. I am almost a 1 year survivor and I'm almost 33
    almost 8 years Flag
    • Judith Eleam Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Is it fair to say that it's a matter of surviving life itself, not just cancer?

      over 7 years Flag
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    From the day you're diagnosed you're considered a survivor. :)
    almost 8 years Flag
    • Judith Eleam Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      OK. Strange, but OK. I had surgery over a year ago. No radiation or chemo. Too old for that. I haven't even healed from surgery yet!!

      almost 8 years Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    When it looks like I have a cute short haircut and people don't think I look good for someone with cancer.
    almost 8 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      What stage was/is your cancer?

      over 7 years Flag
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Stage 3 Invasive lobular

      over 7 years Flag
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    That is a very hard question to answer as no one can guaranty you that it won't come back so maybe you can never be considered a survivor ????????? As for myself I feel that it is something i will live with for the rest of my life and I will never ever think that something like this will never happen to me.
    almost 8 years Flag
    • Judith Eleam Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I agree with you. No matter what "treatment plan" they prescribe, I will forever feel vulnerable. Glad to know somebody else thinks like I do. It's with me when I go to bed, it's still there when I wake up. Never a moment without the pain to...

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      I agree with you. No matter what "treatment plan" they prescribe, I will forever feel vulnerable. Glad to know somebody else thinks like I do. It's with me when I go to bed, it's still there when I wake up. Never a moment without the pain to remind me of it. I hate those pills and what they do to me.

      over 7 years Flag
    • Judith Eleam Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      PS; What stage is/was yours?

      over 7 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was stage 2 invasive, I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy for my own peace of mind, with expander reconstruction which I am still going through. I try very hard not to let it stop me from living my life but I must admit before I was...

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      I was stage 2 invasive, I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy for my own peace of mind, with expander reconstruction which I am still going through. I try very hard not to let it stop me from living my life but I must admit before I was diagnosed I felt quite invisible. My life was very full and I considered myself to be a very strong women but they say one you have had breast cancer you will never be the same person again. I think that to others I appear to be the same but inside I know I am not. It is a very humbling journey. I read that most women find strength in their faith, I am not a religious person so I rely on my own strength and the support of my family. My sister inlaw is 9 years clear and she feels the same. She says it is like a little monkey sitting on your shoulder. The best thing is to try the best we can to go on with our lives and laugh every day. I no longer take life so seriously because you never know what tomorrow will bring. What stage are/were you?

      over 7 years Flag

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