Ladies, I feel sucker punched since losing Chris too. Even though in some ways we here at HW lost her a few years ago, I never stopped thinking of her and wondering how she got the recurrance that she should have never gotten...Statistically speaking is one thing, but we all know how those statistics really work. We are not numbers, we are us, we are individuals.
And I still have the picture from SL on my desk and hate to count the numbers we have lost an each time another one loses her battle, we are painfully reminded of the disease and mortality.
BUT...in the 8 years since my diagnosis....I have seen progress! The use of hormones for long term relief is no longer the norm. Herceptin is now used as first line tx (when i did chemo it was for stage IV only, and years before it was based on a lottery). Aromatase inhibitors have replaced Tamoxifen for post menopausal women, MRI is now widely accepted.....all major medical advances just to name a few. No cure yet, but progress. And the numbers show that survival rates are increasing.
We must not stop fighting the disease...we need to keep racing for that cure and not let misunderstandings get in the way of relationships and love.