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Jun 12, 2020 03:00PM
Jun 12, 2020 03:03PM
I've noticed this can be a somewhat divisive topic. I think that's because the idea that bad things or people in our lives could have caused us to get cancer is a terrifying thought.
This is just my personal opinion and intuition. While I do agree that many breast cancers might be environmental or random, I think in some cases stress or emotional trauma might be responsible. If this is true, it is probably because prolonged extreme stress - not the normal everyday stress - changes the way the body functions and its ability to regulate itself on a very fundamental level.
Intuitively, I think this might be what happened to me. I had an extremely traumatic and stressful time before diagnosis, and I remember thinking to myself "It's amazing I can be under so much stress and it doesn't break my body." I think maybe it did break something after all.
Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences one year later, probably due to needle seeding at inital biopsy. Now dealing with MBC.
8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/1/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
10/31/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
3/31/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
11/1/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right
3/31/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right
4/30/2018 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
6/30/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine)
7/30/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
2/1/2019 Aromasin (exemestane)
9/30/2019 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/30/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)
1/2021, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs
1/14/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)