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The Discussion Board Community has been actively growing for over 12 years, and there are a number of members who have been involved since the beginning. Not only have they provided support and comfort to others for all these years, but they have shared the ups and downs of their journeys and inspired and encouraged others along the way. We would like to acknowledge some women belonging to this special group who have been with us for 10 or more years. They have kindly agreed to share their photos and stories.


"You know you're starting to move beyond breast cancer when your twelfth 'cancerversary' passes without your remembering. When I was first diagnosed at age 44, in 2002, I wasn't sure this day would ever come." Read AnneW's story...


"Discovered the lump in my breast when my oldest was ten months in 2000. In January 2003, while in the shower my heart stopped as I felt a lump now larger than an egg. I knew." Read Carmelle's story...


"My breast cancer journey started in October of 2002 at the age of 48. I was diagnosed with IDC in my left breast. When I received the phone call I thought my life was over, but fortunately this was not the case." Read Cherrie's story...


"I’ve had breast cancer twice—in 2003, early-stage invasive cancer in my right breast, requiring a lumpectomy and radiation; then, in 2006, DCIS in my left breast. The DCIS proved to be very extensive, so I was told I would need a mastectomy. I decided to have both breasts removed..." Read Erica's story...


"January 1998 a mammogram had found a large tumor, my doctor was horrified and rushed me in to a surgeon. I barely had time to think. Waking up after surgery I was told that the tumor was positive for cancer and I was given a lumpectomy with a tube coming out of my left armpit." Read Geralyn's story...


"I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. I was 33 years old and completely shocked as I'd never heard of anyone my age getting breast cancer. Searching for information on the internet, I discovered the discussion boards and immediately connected with other women who gave me support, information, and helped me get through treatment." Read NancyH's story...


"My journey started Summer of 2003 but was I so in denial that I did not get fully diagnosed until the Fall of 2003. When I first received the phone call stating there was an abnormality I blew it off as I did not want to deal. Finally, I did deal and the sheer terror at that time was indescribable." Read RCL's story...


"On February 14th, 2003 I was diagnosed with breast cancer at a routine mammogram. They biopsied three areas that very day. I remember crying in the office of the woman who had to tell me. She asked what she could say to help me and I said 'tell me it's early, tell me I will be fine.' She could not reassure was bad. " Read Sachi's story...


"...Fast forward to 2006, I find a lump on the mastectomy site. It's the size of a half dollar. I knew right away it's back. The surgeon looked at it, didn't bother with a biopsy just set up a date for surgery. Yep, again she confirmed cancer. " Read tdbear's story...

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