Yesterday was 5 years since I found my lump. I was lying on the sofa watching TV, had a sharp pain in my breast & knew immediately what it was (I'd read somewhere that it felt like a piece of carrot stuck to your breast. I know now that's not always the case).
Had a WLE, chemo and rads. That's a short sentence but the reality is very different. I had a job I loved, family I loved etc etc. They were all great, but none of them understood. I was on a trial and found chemo hard, but just 'put my head down and got on with it', marking them off on the calendar.
It's so hard when you're first dx, waiting for the treatment plan, and then it's hard (in a different way) when you're undergoing treatment.
Don't despair though, you do come through. You may find that it takes longer than you think to 'get back to normal', but you do.
You will find that your priorites change (you know what's important), and you find enjoyment in different things. I know, work came at the bottom of my priority list and family came to the top.
One thing I find hard to accept......nobody in my family acknowledged my 5 years!!