May 11, 2013 - 8:10 pm
Today marks 3 years since my breast surgery and I am donig very very well. I was stage 1b, Grade 2, ER/PR+, HER2 negative. Did lumpectomy, hysterectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and currently on Tamoxifen. These next few months have many dates that are amazingly now 3 years ago. Took me 2 years to stop worrying practically constantly. Always will to some extent, but it's just better - much better.
I have "known" some of you that long, have seen others finish treatment and disappear - hopefully doing well. I've also seen some of you develop mets and face all that that brings. I've cried over the loss of some on this site who lost their battles.
What a difference 3 years makes. I feel blessed to have crossed paths with each and every one of you, even though for the most part it's been a cyberpath. Some of you I have met personally. I've changed a lot in these past 3 years and I thnk it's for the better. I stick around here because I care deeply for all of you and because I hope my experience and things I've learned will help the newly diagnosed and to lend support to my old friends here. You all helped me so much.
In 4 weeks I start up again what I call my "flurry of reminders that I really did have cancer" - breast exam, gyn exam, mammogram, lab work, and finally medical oncologist. Five appointments in about 3 weeks, and hopefully I'll be good to go for another 6 months after. I've purposely grouped these appointments because I deal with follow ups for 2 cancers and I'd just as soon fret all at once.
Life is good and I'm so thankful.