Mar 4, 2009 09:14AM - edited Mar 4, 2009 09:53AM by Wink333
I have a hard time considering myself an older woman but guess I need to face the fact that I am getting there. I am much older than a lot of the lovely women stricken by this disease. I am older but my kids were only 11 and 14 when I was diagnosed. They were the very first thing I thought about when I heard cancer. I thought, "what will they do without me". A very conceited thought actually. I was diagnosed TN in Feb 2007, a month before my 51st birthday. I actually received my path report on my 51 st birthday. Happy Birthday to me, the same day I spent the evening in the closet with an unusual spring tornado hitting the town, thank goodness 7 blocks away from my little closet.
Things have looked up since then. I had a left mastectomy, finished 4 DD AC and 4 DD Taxol, then 32 Rads. So far my blood work has all been good but I hate waiting for blood work to be the only indicator of disease return. I have developed mild to moderate lymphedema in my left arm, still get wiped out easily if I try to live my "old" normal life.
You said you have been diagnose twice TN. So the second time was not considered a local recurrence or a met? I also see somewhere else where you stated that 85% of TN have the BRCA 1 defect. I don't have enough female relatives for family history of BC but all sorts of other cancers. I've been toying with the cost of the testing since insurance won't pay for it without family history and since I was 50 at time of dx. Maybe I should go ahead and get tested, for my daughters sake also.
Anyway, another TN here and older than 40.