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Anne W

"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. My early posts on were filled with wondering if I would ever get past thinking about cancer every waking hour of every day. And somewhere along the way, life moves forward.

" was there for me with my first diagnosis, as well as my second time around 5 years later. I was able to find people in my same type and phase of treatment; I found a neighbor who was diagnosed when I was; I made so many good friends to laugh with, cry with, and share the fears that only another cancer survivor can understand. And I have, sadly, lost many a friend from this forum. I am all the richer for having discovered and participated in They were my lifeline, my library, my second opinion resource on treatment. Without BCO, I would not have found my beloved surgeon for my reconstruction, nor would I have found the courage to get care in another state.

"I haven't been as active at BCO over the past years, which is typical as we need less from the community. I hope I was able to help people as much as I was helped by others. It is the most giving of communities -- support, cheer, shared tears, humor, book groups, fitness tips, and recipes. Thank you, BCO, for your continued efforts to help those struggling with breast cancer!"

-- AnneW, age 56, Boulder, CO, USA

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