Jan 14, 2018 12:05PM StephanieD wrote:
Hey everybody! I've been lurking every now and then and came across this thread. How encouraging! So encouraging that I'll add my two cents.
The mom of a friend of mine had BC 32 years ago. While I don't have the exact details, I know there was important node involvement and she had a year's worth of chemo and did radiation. She didn't do hormone therapy. She smoked until about 5 years ago, never exercises and her eating habits are very poor. She's had cancer in both breasts and has had two surgeries to remove portions of her lung for cancer that they are not attributing to a recurrence but a new primary cancer. I'm not holding her up as an example of how to behave after treatment only to show that there really is hope for us. She will be 82 this August.
I am on a dragon boat team of BC survivors and we have 25 and 27 year survivors on our team. There are amazing stories all over the place and we only hear a portion of them. One girl is 20 years out after having had it at age 30.
When I asked my onco about how long I would be on aromasin, she said, "in your case, 10 years and by then there will be something else..." I believe that. I attend lots of conferences and there is so much already in the works and on the horizon for us.
Fear of recurrence is always lingering, but I feel really positive about the future.
Thank you all for contributing to this site thus being a beacon for us all.