I was first diagnosed in December 2000, had chemo, surgery and radiotherapy. Then five years of Tamoxifen, five years meds free, then discharged from clinic in July 2011.
January 2012 I felt a lump above the mastectomy scar. Biopsy showed it to be cancer so I had surgery to remove it, now have lymphoedema in my right arm, didn't have it previously. I was then given Letrozole to take.
June this year, another lump in the same place ! So, surgery again in August after scans to make sure it hasn't spread. Three weeks ago I met the oncologist who went through my medical history and explained I don't need chemo as they are satisfied the cancer has all gone. He has given me Exemestane to take as each time the lumps have been oestrogen positive.
The reason I am replying to this thread is to say life goes on, I'm not going to let the cancer beat me. I've always been a positive person so why change now ?
I'm five years on and loving life. It all does get so much more in perspective the further down the road you are. There are even days I totally forget I had it, especially if I go for an injection or blood pressure ( had 8 nodes removed ) so that will always be a no , no. Still on meds so there is always a reminder each night but I pop it along with other stuff and forget about it ....... then there are the night sweats less but still occasionally get them ( love staying in a Premier Inn ....... air con is my best friend ........... and a big open window at home even when it -3 but its a small price to pay. I'm full of energy , optimistic and finally back to the old me ..... well maybe not the old me , don't want her back too focused on work , a right old pain in the neck , no I like the new me . I value stuff more - my lovely hubby for a start . But if you'd read my past posts you would not recognise me now. I was in pain , impatient , angry and very , very scared , not nice to know at all. I could and did moan for England but do you know who got me through .... all the girls on this site . Is it because it is anonymous - yes I sincerely think so . So girls the moral of this tale is grab each day and take what you want from it and if you have a low day or your energy level has a zero rating dont worry just accept and look forward to the next day , you'll get through and yes after five years you can push yourself but dont be tough on yourself just learn to read your body you'll be just fine . Sorry about prattling on but just want to give you all a big cuddle
It is good to know that there those out there still going after five years. I am year and half after op and feeling better all the time.I am sure many of us wonder what the future us going to bring but we just have to stay positive and keep taking the tablets as they say.
I thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas as last Christmas I had just finished all treatment and was still feeling low.
I have a little grandson now whom I love soooo much. I also have two children getting married this year. So life here I come.
Happy New Year to you all.
Sixteen years in November since diagnosis. Grade 2, 6 nodes involved, ER+, PR+. Surgery, chemo, R/T, 5 yrs tamox and 5 yrs aromatase inhibitor due to family history. Still NED. Not a regular Forum user but thought it might help to post my own details here.
You both have made me feel so much positive with your comments.
Coming up to 1 year from diagnosis and feeling a little scarred as Christmas was a bad time last year.
Merry Christmas and a VERY Happy New Year to all. xx
Heading towards eight years. Grade 3, in 3 nodes, ER+, PR+, HER2 positive.
Hi. Thank you for taking time to visit and post.
Means a lot.
I am about to start chemo in Jan.
Had WLE and SNB in Nov.
1 node out of 1 had a teenie weenie amount under 2mm I was told so gotta have chemo to ensure
if any left will be killed off.
Is a roller coaster of emotions as you know.
I have found out what I need to know and trying to just get on with it.
People on this site are fab and so supportive.
OK.......I'm over 6 years out and I'm sure there are many more like me.......but they're getting on with their lives............I am too............
I just want people to know that Breast Cancer isn't a death sentence.......whether your grade 1 or 3, nodes positive or not......cancer has it's own prognosis.........get on with your life.......................