Feb 27, 2004 - 6:35 pm
I'm a survivor. (I never thought I'd have cancer.) I didn't have much to survive. DCIS. Lumpectomy with good enough margins. Thirty-three radiation treatments. (The last was one year ago today.) Very little side effects from radiation. I've been on Tamoxifen for the first of five years. No problems with with it.
I know my prognosis is excellent. I am not worried about recurrence from it. (Radiation oncologist said as much.) But now cancer has touched me. Before diagnosis -- it's not that you don't think it can, it's just that you don't think about it at all. (No cancer in my family.) Now I know it can touch me. A totally unrelated cancer is possible. Essentially it's no more likely to than pre-diagnosis and treatment, but now I am aware it can happen to me.
Anyone else who didn't have much to deal with regarding cancer and no true big worries about the future -- and yet...?