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NJMom10
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I'm not sure the last time I was on here but it's been quite a while...almost a year. Checked for the status of some very inspirational women on here, 1 has passed and 1 is still fighting. I'm 2 1/2 years out from my original diagnosis in September 2010 and almost 2 full years from last treatment. So far, tests are showing an all clear and I am hopeful that I will be among the warriors who survive this disease. I can't help thinking about those who are fighting desperate battles or have lost their fight. Prayers go out to them and their families.

But for those of us who are still in this, keep on, keeping on. There is hope. Last summer, a year after treatments (still on Arimidex now, but all the really difficult treatments completed), I still felt drained, exhausted, weak. I finally started back to the gym. It was a slow and painful process but I am now exercising 5-6 times per week doing cardio and weight sets and feeling almost as well as I did prior to diagnosis.

Like many of you, I still look over my shoulder, wondering if I did the right thing by opting for lumpectomy (breast surgeon recommended so I went for it). Did the chemo cause permanent damage? Is the Arimidex helping or...? It's a long road.

But if you are reading this you are still here, still able to make a difference in someone's life. Isn't that what it's really all about.

Signing off for now. Best of luck to you all.

Barbara

 

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Gabe N Abby Mom
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Joined: Sep 2010

Best of luck to you too.  And congratulations!  Two years is a wonderful milestone.  I hope you have many more cancerversaries!!

Hugs,

Linda

 

NJMom10
Posts: 176
Joined: Oct 2010

Thanks Linda! You have been one of those inspirational voices. Cheering you on!

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DebbyM
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Joined: Oct 2009

Congrats Barbara!  2 years is amazing!  Enjoy your life!

Hugs, Debby

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CypressCynthia
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Joined: Oct 2009

Barbara, Congrats!!!  We love good news and yours is GREAT news!  Two years is a wonderful milestone.  The looking over your shoulder gets better with time, but, with cancer being sneaky, it is best to always be vigilant: meaning that if you have a new or persistent symptom, keep checking.  But the rest of the time, enjoy your life!!!  Big (((hugs)))!

NJMom10
Posts: 176
Joined: Oct 2010

Thanks again all. Though I would have preferred a different wake up call, I have to say this bout with cancer has changed my life, in many ways, for the better. I grasp opportunities now instead of hiding and being scared. I don't 'sweat the small stuff' and I try very hard to remain positive and put out positive vibes. Anger, negativity and holding grudges...just a waste of our precious time here, as far as I'm concerned. Prayers for all of us to have great results and that this miserable disease be eradicated soon. Much Love, Barbara

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Alexis F
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Joined: May 2009

Congratulations Barbara! 

Hugs, Lex

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Noel
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Joined: Apr 2009

 

It's good to see you checking in Barbara and congrats on your good news!

 

♥ Noel

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