Sep 28, 2014 01:31PM - edited Sep 28, 2014 01:32PM by QueenSansaStark
7 year survivor of Stage 2b here. If I had ONE more node, I'd have been Stage III. I was 43 and er/pr+++. Naturally, I was devastated, especially since I did not think I could get BC so young! I had a lumpectomy, chemo, rads, and tamoxifen, in addition to complementary treatments (acupuncture was a freakin' GODSEND after I had finished chemo and was doing rads - it got my energy back up to a manageable level!).
Through it all I continued my Master's degree studies and did a supervised practicum right after everything was finished and I had about 1 inch of gray and frizzy hair (yay for super-strength conditioner).
Here I am, seven years later, menopausal and heavier, though a low-carb diet and exercise program is taking care of that. My brain is back in its old glory, and my hair is past my shoulders, and thick and wavy again, woo hoo! I own a house, I have cats, I live my life. I don't post here much anymore, because I've moved past cancer, and just pop in to survivor's threads and occasionally in the alt meds forum. The only time I really think about cancer is during the dread Pinktober, and I give the middle finger to that!
Stage II sisters, take heart - there are lots of us long-term survivors enjoying our now-healthy lives.