And now take another deeeep breath. I am 36, was diagnosed over 5 years ago a week before turning 31. There are lots of success stories out there, and most of them you never hear about because they are enjoying normal lives.
Info overload, definitely. There is so much to learn and so many tests and so many doctors to see and so many decisions to make, that one comes away from BC with an honorary medical degree! My advice to you is figure out what you need to empower yourself. In my case it was information, including the 2nd opinion. It helped to put me in charge of my care.. I went to my appointments with pages of questions and a tape recorder, it helped me organize what I needed to ask and then I could replay the answers later when I could digest it all. I kept as normal of a lifestyle as I could....after all, if I did not feel sick, I sure as heck was not going to act sick.
Chemo is very doable! THere are some gals here just starting, and many of us are several years out....we'll offer you our past experiences in order to help make yours a little easier. Statistics are just numbers, but they help predict an outcome or prognosis in order to treat. And statistically, you have excellent odds to beat this thing once and for all!
Hang in there!