Just wanted to give you a word of encouragement. None of us ever know if we are finished with cancer for good. It's hard not to let our minds get the best of us sometimes. This month is my 6 year anniversary. I had a large tumor and 2 positive nodes. I'm still here going strong!
A positive attitude goes such a long way when dealing with challenging situations. I wish you the best on your continued journey..
Tammy: Each of us has moments when we wonder if the cancer will come back. I am one that had a recurrance after 3 yrs. I took chemo for 2 yrs, weekly, and this Jan got an "all clear" again! I have told my story several times. But I will share the stories of my grandmothers. In 1959 my maternal grandmother was diagnosed w/ bc. She had a mastectomy. Back then they removed all of the lymph nodes, muscles, etc. They grafted skin from her hips, thighs and legs. She was bandaged from chest to her toes. It was a horrid operation. They didn't have chemo either. She was only 4'5". But she lived to be 89 (1983.) She never gave up. We caught her sweeping her kitchen floor, using her one good arm, and holding the dustpan inbetween her toes.(she didn't have indoor plumbing or running water) Whenever I get down, I remember the courage and strength that she had. My paternal grandmother was 81 when she called me and said that she was going to have a double mast the next day. I stopped her and got an opinion from an oncologist that I trusted. She had radiation for 6 weeks (had to travel 90 mins each way) She never complained. She died of natural causes when she was 98.
So don't be afraid of the doubts that creep in your mind every so often but remember that there are many survival stories of brave women that beat the odds.
Post Edited (lemonz) : 4/10/2006 10:51:49 AM (GMT-6)
Tammy- I'll add two more positive survivor stories to the list... my aunt was dx in 1998 with 11 nodes positive and as a Stage IV inflammatory cancer... and she is still here today, having fun chasing after 4 new grandchildren all born in the last 2 years. I am a 5-yr survivor, dx in 2001 with a 4.5cm tumor, Stage IIB and 5 of 49 lymph nodes positive. i'm here and other than my darn left arm (lymphedema) needing massage and wrap occasionally, I am doing ok.
hang in there!