Hello to All,
I haven't posted in a very long time; I do check in every once in awhile. I am sorry to see that some of the warriors that were on the
site the last time I checked in are no longer with us. Cypress Cynthia was an inspiration. I looked for her name when I logged on and
found that she has passed.
I was diagnosed 5 years ago with Stage 1, invasive ductal carcinoma. I had bilateral mastectomy, then had 4 rounds of chemotherapy.
I took Tamoxifen for 4 years, after which I decided to discontinue due to side effects last June.
I saw my surgeon and my oncologist last week for my regular follow-up visits. All is clear! I do not have to return to the surgeon at
all, and I will now only need to see my oncologist annually. I am so very thankful that I have had the wonderful care and support I have
received. My oncologist tells me that my chances of a recurrence are 0-3%. I wondered whether this news would be encouraging or
not, but I decided to err on the side of encouragement.
There are no guarantees, but sometimes taking the most aggressive approach is the right decision. I didn't have to have bilateral mastectomies or
chemotherapy based strictly on my numbers, but FOR ME, it was the right decision. I am very happy I made the decisions I did 5 years ago, and
while I did second guess myself more than once, I know I did the right thing for me.
My prayers and best wishes go out to each of you in whatever stage of the battle you are engaged. This is a frightening and enlightening journey that
each of us must take individually, but not alone.
I hope each of you find yourself where I find myself today; happy, healthy and blessed.
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