I'm a 20 year Stage 2 survivor, and I thought I was pretty safe. I was getting yearly checkups but only with a family doctor which is all that is allowed here in Canada. I wish I had not let my guard down, and been more vigilant for symptoms of recurrence, because my doctor knows nothing. I recently discovered a swelling below my collarbone that turned out to be a 30 X 40 mm mass in my lymph node. Even my family doctor discounted the swelling, and thought it was just my pectoral muscle or a lipoma.
Thank God I got an ultrasound, which led to a biopsy which showed the lymph node is positive for metastatic adenocarcinoma of breast origin.
I vacillate between shock, disbelief, self-pity, fear, anger and hope. I was already struggling with depression and now this.
Are there any other recurrence survivors on here? or maybe I should post this on the Stage IV forum, but I don't know my staging yet.
1998 at 39 Stage 2 IDC, 1/16 nodes, ER/PR +, HER2-,Gr 3, surgery, AC + Taxol, rads, oopher/hysterectomy, Tamoxifen, Aromasin completed 2010 - Aug 2018 metastatic recurrence Stage IV, ER+ PR- HER2-, Gr 3, Sept 2018 Letrozole/Ibrance
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