Fantastic to hear road runner! There is life after breast cancer and it's so important that we come back to tell our tales, all the best for your treck sounds amazing!! Xx
I don't understand why there is still scary stuff out there re HER2+. It used to be an issue as the cancer is more aggressive, but by having herceptin you bring the survival rates very much in line with non HER2+ cancers. It really is a life saver. Someone who lives near me was one of the first to get herceptin for primary cancer (before that it was a treatment for secondary cancer, and there was a wonderful lady who campaigned for it to be given to primary cancer patients). She was 43 at the time, and is now 12 years on, fit and well.
Ten years ago today I was in surgery having a mastectomy. I followed that up with FEC-T chemo, rads, herceptin and tamoxifen. The cancer was in three of my lymph nodes. My children were 12, 14 and 17 and I was 44. I was scared that I wouldn't live to see them all grow up. My mum had died six weeks previously of cancer, my dad many years previously of cancer. My daughter was bullied at school ('your mum's got cancer and is going to die'). It was a horrible year.
Ten years on - life is good, I've seen my kids leave school, learn to drive, graduate, get jobs. I've hit my half century and more. I do lots of things for me - something BC taught me. Don't wait till you have more time, or the kids have grown up to do what you want to do, do it now.
To celebrate I'm going to Peru with BCC at the end of this month to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Two others on the trip are also celebrating 10 year anniversaries - we'll have a ball!
To anyone starting their journey - there is light at the end of the tunnel.