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Aug 4, 2019 10:13AM
Interesting question. I never really thought of myself as a survivor. For whatever reason I didn't like that label. It reminds me that I had BC and that it could come back at any time. I'm not sure that fear will ever go away completely for me. Everyone is different. A friend of mine had BC twice, once in her thirties and then again in her fifties. Every now and then she still thinks about it and what she'd do if it ever came back. When someone we care about dies, do we ever forget them. We think less as time goes on but they're still in our memory.
Definitions of survivor are:
1. A survivor of a disaster, accident, or illness is someone who continues to live afterward in spite of coming close to death.
2. A survivor of a very unpleasant experience is a person who has had such an experience, and who is still affected by it.
Based on the definitions I think we are survivors.
4/4/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel
6/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil)
8/18/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel)
10/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes