I am also 5 years on from my diagnosis after surgery chemo rads Herceptin decided to also retire from stressful job. I still take Tamoxifen and been told to continue with this for another 5 years a small price to pay.
the positives from my experience are my renewed zest for life. I also sold house moved back to my home Town and have enjoyed seeing more of my family. I travel a lot having been to China Vietnam and am constantly appreciative of each day.
I like to look on my experience as a good thing as I otherwise I would still be running round like a headless chicken not taking any time to enjoy life.
Breast cancer is not pleasant , a year after I was diagnosed my sister was I was able to guide her through the treatment as this forum helped me through at the time.
I remember at my worst half way through chemo being able to share thoughts and feeling with other people on the website who understood how I was feeling especially at the time as I didn't want to burden family and close friends. It is as terrible for them they watch us go through treatment and feel helpless.
Hi to all. I was diagnosed at age 38 yrs, in November 2010 so will be 5 years soon . I just want to say that yesterday I had a check up with oncologist and my bloods are great, physical exam showed no problems. He even listened to my lungs ( clear ) as Ive had a cough for a while.
He even asked me about general strength and stamina, ( absolutely awful lol ) and confirmed that ladies who go through chemo and are on hormone tablets never seem to return to prior strength. I did do 2 years of cycling almost every day once all my treatment had stopped but this doesnt seem to have improved things much, and now I just stare at my bicycle mournfully lol.
Anyway, I am very pleased with how things are, and the icing on the cake was they dont need to see me for another 12 months. !
Here's to the fantastic care the NHS provide, I know I would not be here today if it wasnt for them.
Hello juliebtaurus and other old frineds, congrats on being a grandmother.
we are very lucky and I remember that every day.
Hello ladies from March 2010 lovely to see your familiar user names from those dark scarey early days but happy to report I have just had my 5 years clear last week and just posting here to give the others newly diagnosed that there is lots of good news stories and however low and awful you feel through treatment you will come through it a much stronger healthier better person .I am looking forward to being a gran in August and living life to the full.I couldn't have done without all of you inspirational group of ladies who were always at the other end of the keyboard for me and have made such a special group of friends who I still meet up and go away on holiday with we have lost some friends along the way who will never be forgotten and have a special place in our hearts .I love you all xxxxxx take care ladies Julie
Seabreeze, you've got it in one, that's exactly how it was for me - one step at a time. And it has been exhausting due to all the emotion, and ensuring I focussed on me getting well. Yes life changes, and I've found I am much more sensitive to the troubles of other people and more tolerant of human frailty and foibles - I don't have to like/agree with everyone else, but I must recognise their entitlement to conduct their lives as they see fit. That seems to me to be a bonus of wisdom......
I am also 5 years on from diagnosis - bilateral WLE, rads and hormone therapy, no chemo needed thankfully. The team that treated me were absolutely SUPERB, and the support from this forum has saved my sanity many times (I have no family, and kept everything secret until surgery was finished as I am rather a private person). All my treatment is finished and I feel such relief.
Now I'm 67 and fair, fit and fine, and making plans for the life post-BC. This will involve my two gorgeous little dogs, holidays, home and garden, and doing all the things that went a bit 'on hold' for 5 years. So lots of walking, lots of visiting friends, lots of theatre, music and cinema, and generally realising I have been blessed.
Every best wish to everyone just starting on this process - you WILL get through it!
Many thanks for your uplifting story which I read on a day when I am having a wobble and feeling scared about the future. I am N.E.D and coming up to my first cancer anniversary this April. I hope I will get to post in 4 years 2 months my positive story xx
What a fab post Saffronseed! Full of postive stuff and one which I shall read over and over, on my 'down' days :-)
What a lovely post thank you for sharing I am just coming up to 3 years and have my 3rd year mamogram in feb always an anxious time, so always lovely to read positive posts
I just wanted to share what is a huge milestone for me. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years today - I never thought I would see this day given the 'stats' and prognosis I had at the time and I am so grateful for each and every day - something that I always took for granted. . I had a WLE, then Mx, tumour being 9cm - I also had significant node involvement and vascular invasion and had all my nodes removed - also 3 weeks of rads with a booster at the end and badly burned. I am still on hormone theropy and intend to stay on it as long as I can. My life has changed significantly since my diagnosis I have taken charge - I have taken early retirement from a high pressured job, we have renevated a house and moved and I am now spending my time doing things I really enjoy, I have had delayed beast reconstruction, uplift on good breast , new nipple and nipple tattoo. I am fit healthy and have lost a significant amount of weight, I have time now to consider my diet, buy and cook healthy foods, go to the Gym where I have met many new friends. I want to say thank you to BCC who have been my lifeline and all those lovely people who have helped and supprted me through the dark days and who are still supprting me now. For those newly diagnosed there is light at the end of that tunnel! x