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May 28, 2019 04:44PM
I understand the fear. My advice to you is to let it go, b/c if and when something happens, then there is plenty of worry to be had.
I was originally diagnosed at age 38 in 2007. My mom died of bc as I was finishing chemo/radiation, and my dad had died of pancreatic cancer, so I didn't have high hopes for myself.
It took me about two years to stop panicking. I had a stretch of about six years where I just blithely went about my business. It was heavenly.
My local recurrence was picked up on MRI, b/c I advocated for myself and didn't let my onc stop my annual breast MRIs, despite her best efforts.
My new primary, three years later, was picked up b/c my tumor markers were rising. Tests didn't turn up anything initially, but eventually they did.
My brain mets were found b/c I was unsteady on chemo for the new primary, and my new onc (she's my fourth onc, BTW) was aggressive in investigating the symptoms.
So, to summarize, if there is something wrong, it will come to light sooner than later. Be your own advocate as necessary. In the meantime, just try to live your life as happily and worry free as possible, b/c when something does go wrong, it will eventually present itself. Then you can worry. Also, don't get caught up in the nonsense about how adjusting your lifestyle will somehow save you from all of this crap. It won't.
Stage IV Pleomorphic ILC, initially diagnosed at age 38
6/7/2007, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
7/19/2007 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
12/27/2007 Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
3/1/2008 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
4/24/2015, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/10 nodes, ER+/PR+
5/15/2015 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap
2/1/2018, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+
2/15/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel)
6/20/2018, ILC, Both breasts, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/bone, Grade 3, ER+/PR+
Faslodex (fulvestrant), Zoladex (goserelin)