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Today is my one-year cancerversary....

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mimivac
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Last year, on this day, I came in to work having no idea what was in store for me. Around lunch time, the doctor who did my biopsy called me on my cell phone to tell me I had cancer. He said I should be worried because of how quickly my tumor had grown. I was floored. I remember staying at work the rest of the day in a daze and then coming home on the bus, feeling so clausterphobic. I thought for sure that I would die very soon.

I think I found ACS that very evening, but I didn't start to post for a few weeks. I want to thank all of you who had such an impact on my life during this past year. It is not an exaggeration to say that you and this site have been a life-saver.

For all of our new sisters: it's a rough road, but one that you will travel on with the help of family, friends, and your sisters here. I wish you all the best.

All my love,

Mimi

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blazytracy
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Cancerversary..haha..Congrats Mimi!!!! Someday I hope to be saying that. First chemo for me is today so it will be awhile down this road. Thanks for posting this past year and good luck to you always!
Tracy

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mimivac
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Chemo will go by and then you, too, will be celebrating a year cancer-free. Good luck today, and let us know how it went.

Mimi

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LadyParvati
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Congratulations on achieving your first year, Mimi! You're a model of courage here--facing the fears and moving on to the future. I thank you for your encouragement as I follow the road into my own future, and I wish YOU all the best!

Sandy

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You are such a wonderful, strong, giving person my dear, and I wish you many, many years of peaceful and blessed living!!!!

It was probably the longest year, and the shortest year you have ever experienced, at least it was that way for me!!!

Before you know it, you will be celebrating 5 years, just like me!!!

Hugs, Kathi

Lymph23
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Congrats on reaching your first year. Wishing you a much more peaceful and happier time now. The years seem to go by much quicker after the first one for me and soon I will be celebrating 6 years. Sending all my best wishes to you.

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MyTurnNow
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Congrats, Mimi, on celebrating one year. You're a wonderful support person with knowledge from experience and I'm just glad you didn't abandon the board once you were through your treatments. I always enjoy reading your posts, like a couple of others on here. Wishing you a lifetime with our favorite guy, NED. You so deserve it!!!

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CONGRATS!!!! That is amaizing...I am just staring this process and I cannot wait until I can say those words!

Lots of Love

Mandi

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Marcia527
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I really think that you give more than you take so from me, Thank you Mimi! Congrats on the first year survivorship. May you have many more!

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Congratulations!!! I hope many more cancer free years to come.
Deb

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Isn't it a great feeling to be able to say, "a year ago.....". I reember too being told by the surgeon that the biopsy was cancerous. You feel numb. That was a year ago October 23rd. My last visit to the surgeon I took my camera and took a picture of the exam table, where I was sitting when he told me. Isn't it amazing what you have accomplished in one year and your postings have been so helpful to all of us. And to those who are just at the beginning of their journey, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Even though it seems so overwhelming, it does end. Things go back to "normal" and life goes on. But if we can spend an hour on this board and help even just one person, then its worth what we went through.
Congratulations Mimi on your cancerversary and every year to come. You are truly blessed.
Hugs - Pat

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One year down and many, many, many more healthy ones to come. You are such a asset to this group. You research, advise, and have a beautiful calming effect with your words. We are indeed blessed to have you, but I wiah you had never had to be here. I think a nice celebration is in order. Lunch or dinner and maybe presents. Oh, and ice cream. I know you are the healthy eater but still today could be the exception.
Stef

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It was a long rough row to hoe wasn't it. But you made it and with flying colors. You have been an inspiration to all of us. You have certainlly done your home work. Lots of times I look for your answers to certain questions because you are so knowledgeable.

My surgeon also called me at work (with my permission) to tell me the results. I just left work and went home. My concentration was gone for eternity.LOL

Hugs
Jadie<3

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Your posts about various studies have been very helpful to me. I am so glad you are here. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!

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Congratulations ... and ... I knew we'd been travelling along the same path this past year ... but it didn't really dawn on me that it really was a year the end of this November when I went for my mammogram and "got the news." It sure has been an "interesting" year ... hasn't it? Nothing in our wildest imagination could have prepared us for our journey this past year. Like you ... I could not have made it without this discussion board and the wonderful people here ... who share their knowledge, experiences and support. Those cyber hugs are the best! They got me through some tough times ... and I know they did you too Mimi. This is a journey none of us want to go on... but if we must travel the road at least we are not alone.

Big hugs to all ...

teena

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elm3544
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Congratulations on getting through this very tough year!
I'm so glad you had this site to help you along!
Thank you for all the support you have given to others during this time!

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Mimi, congrats on making it through your one year mark. Crazy wasn't it? With surgery, chemo and radiation, it usually takes up almost the whole year, then you start to feel a bit adrift when all the docs let you go for awhile.
Good going for you and I know you will continue to give such wonderful support to all on these boards. So go do something crazy, and celebrate!
=^..^=

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on making it through this year! Wow. You can enjoy Thanksgiving and the Holidays without the treatments this year. Congratulations and thank you for your insight and encouragement for those who follow behind you!

I hope you can get out and do something fun tonight or in the days ahead to celebrate this milestone. May you have many more! :)

dh

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Bella Luna
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Congratulations on celebrating your 1st cancer free Anniversay! Fabulous news, may this be the beginning of many, many, many more years of NED for you!

Love,
BL

LT
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Congratulations on your anniversary! 3 months ago when I first started reading this discussion board, your postings were among the ones most helpful to me. Your advice, insight and courage gave me hope when I had none. Thank you

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Mimi I echo what everyone else has said. and though I would rather you never had to deal with this you have had such a wonderful impact on so many people. You are surviving and thriving and I know you will decades of cancerversaries!!!

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I just want to say that you are such a sweet gentle soul and that I pray for you to always be healthy and to live a long, healthy, happy life!

Love, Jeanne ♥

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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Awww, thanks so much! I appreciate all the good wishes. As I said, I couldn't do it without you. I love hearing from all of you multi-year survivors that I want to emulate. I have taken so much inspiration from you. And for those of us earlier in our journies, it's so good to have each other to lean on.

Mimi

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I have never heard of this before but--------------------------

HAPPY CANCERVERSARY!

I hope you do something extra special.

Sue :)

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chickad52
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I hope you'll be celebrating many, many more. Hugs to you, Diane

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Oh Mimi, that is so wonderful! I am so happy for you! A big congrats and a big hug for you!

☺♥ Noel ♥☺

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Wonderful news for you and also for those of us who are in treatment or starting it. You are such an encouragement to all of us, not only because you keep us so well informed, but you have beat the beast! Happy Cancerversary Mimi. Hugs to you.

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I 'm rather a mix as this is my second or third time around 15 years apart. I know that I would eventually not think about my aniiversary, but once said to a friend "wow the PMS this month is BAD I feel pretty down" and she just looked at me like DUH what month is it? This year it was the same as we were doing college things. interesting i got diagnosed same time of year hmmmmm....so life takes over but it never totally goes away its just different and not so raw. I was lucky enough to have one major glitch then nothing so it may have been easier. we shall see now.....

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All 3 of my primary cancers were originally diagnosed in late October/early November. I think I'll just skip that time from now on. Oh, can't do that, October is my daughter's birthday. Weird though, isn't it?
Stef

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Mimi... I must admit too, that you give so much more than you take from this site... You are such an inspiration, and ray of hope! Congratulations on this first of many many many years of survivorship!...

♥ & hugs,

~T

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Congrats on your 1 year Mimi!! That day certainly was a rough one. You have been through so much since then, but you have been strong and made it through. May you have many, many more anniversaries. And thank you my friend for your kindness and support. Eil

mlmjt1
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What a year, hey? A life changing one at that...I am coming up on my 6month cancerversary, chemo is done, reconstruction will be next year, herceptin until august and a clinical trial to start at the end of month. My eyebrows are gone, my hair is starting to grow back, I started jogging again....and best of all, I am no longer psychotic!!

I agree, everyone on this site has to be thanked over and over again. I realize everyday how much I need all of you, my friends and family...and dont you agree that life is good!

Hugs to you
Linda T

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RE
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Dear Mimi I am glad that since you had to have the nasty cancer that you found us! You have been an inspiration to me on several ocassions! I am honored to have you as my cyber friend.

RE

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MiMi, I want you to know that you have been my inspiration to this site. I faithfully read your comments. I, as well as you, am coming up on 1 yr of diagnosis of hormone negative, her-2 pos. high grade bc. (I think you are triple negative) We don't seem to have the best combo, but what I live by is "Face it, Fight it and Forget it" Congrats and I wish all of us the best.

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I will echo the sentiments on this board and say that I am both happy for you and grateful for you.

I had an almost identical experience in how I received my news, except that my boss made me leave early. Even though my memory is more recent, I think it will be one of those moments none of us will ever forget.

Now I need to go to the Hallmark store to find a Happy Cancerversary card!

Celebrate Mimi - you deserve it!

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You are truly an inspiration Mimi! Congratulations... you have a huge reason to celebrate. I can so relate to the day of the 'phone call', as my doc told me over the phone as well. I don't think I ever felt that way ever in my life and hope I never do again. My dog even felt the panic. She ran downstairs to my boys crying as though to tell them something was wrong with mom. I didn't cry, but I guess she sensed my anxiety.

Thank you for taking such an active role on this board, Mimi! I look forward to walking in your path!

Truly, Mar

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I could be redundant and repeat everything everyone has said. I will try not to. You have been a wealth of knowledge and encouragement on the boards for me. Thanks and congrats. Many Many Many Many more.

becky

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I am so sorry I have not been here for such a long time. Mimi, congratulations on your cancerversary! And someone said, "I hope you will not abandon this board" - It is true your posts are truly encouraging. I want to be the same way. I want to come here every day and see if I can write something that makes someone feel good. I am celebrating my 6th cancerversary. I can tell you all that the treatments were not easy. But it is so good that we are all still here. I too, feel like I know you all. Let me help. I lost my hair (twice), but it grew back. I had chemo brain but the fog is gone and I am as good as I ever was. Again, I am so sorry I abandoned the board. Inez

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I wish we had met almost any place but a site encouraging one another through the battle of our lives~ not just our physical lives, but our married lives, our professional lives, our emotional, sexual, and social lives. And yet, we stand shoulder to shoulder seeing one another through the fears and the triumphs, the small steps and the large. Congratulations on coming so far~ and for the love and empathy you have showed to all of us here on the boards. Your energy and spirit are a tribute to the woman you are~ it is an honor to know you!

CELEBRATE your milestone!!!!!

Hugs,
C♥

New Flower
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Mimi,
Yes we celebrate life, together on this board. I am always impressed by your passion and empathy explaining, comforting, and helping your BC sisters
Thank you for being a very positive influence for our board community.
Hugs

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Chen must you always make me cry! Good tears though.

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I don't know if I should say I am sorry or thank you, always! It wasn't my intention to make anyone cry~ but if they are as you say, "good tears" I don't feel too bad about that!
Hugs,
Chen♥

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mimivac
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I can't tell you how touched I am by all your comments. You definitely make it fun for me to log on and post every day. And I take issue with the idea that I give more than I take! I am actually very greedy and take a lot from all of you and these boards. I am glad to know, however, that it is a mutually satisfying experience!

Mimi

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definately mutual! Chen I threatened boycotting your posts on another thread...but they are always good tears and those are my favorite. Your words just have a way of expressing my heart.
beck

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chenheart
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What!!? You threatened boycotting my posts?! Do I need to re-think how and what I write? I wouldn't want to be responsible for that at all....unless of course, you needed to cry that day! And sometimes I think I make us laugh, and other times my words are downright boring. Really!!

Hugs and Kleenex,
Chen♥

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always
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I must need the good tears. To tough for the bad tears...just on overflow! I love your posts. thanks for the kleenex
becky

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Mimi, I also am celebrating with you and feeling deeply thankful. NED will be with you always, I have faith, and so will Joe's and my affection and gratitude.

Maize
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I am so happy for you. It helps to hear good news. You give me hope. I am new and recently begun this journey.

Maize

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VickiSam
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sincere story. Thank you for taking the time and sharing this with so many of us. We love and respect you and your honesty.

May you have many years of love, life and happiness with Simon.

VickiSam

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Kat11
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Congrats Mimi, Sounds funny to say congrats for having Cancer, but you are do it and you are helping so many of us follow you.

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Just wanted to add my congrats to the rest of our sister's comments. I haven't been on the board for too long but I do know that you are a special person who has given all of us a real lift on a daily basis. Your positive spirit is contagious and I thank you so much for that. May you have many, many more concerversaries. Connie

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