Mar 1, 2021 11:54PM jhl wrote:
I think we all sit back and wonder 'what we did' when we are diagnosed with breast cancer. After all, 12% of us women will develop breast cancer in our lifetime. But, breast cancer is not a homogeneous disease. There are many forms and you will find out what types of cells predominate in your own IDC. Also, your cancer has probably been there for several years. As far as environment, those impacts are heterogeneous as well. Everything from lead in water to birth control pills to the age you began menstruating and when you had your first child as well as many many other factors influence the development of cancer. Sadly, we don't know exactly how influential each factor is.
I would encourage you to not disrupt your life unless you need some family or friend assistance. Whatever caused your cells, like mine, to become cancerous will never be found. We each of us must meet ourselves where we are right now. You did nothing to cause your development of IDC, as far as we know now. I have not moved nor have I significantly changed my life. I was diagnosed in October 2019. I had surgery, radiation and now I take an AI. I feel good most everyday. The knowledge I have had cancer still niggles my mind but I've been treated well throughout this whole ordeal. I have no plans to change my life.
Best of luck,