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Feb 4, 2020 07:17PM
pesky I had TNBC too... most of the replies above were from people who did not have TNBC. It really is a very different animal form other BCs.
My understanding of TNBC recurrence risks is that at 3 years, the risk drops way down, and at 5 years, it *approaches* zero. Once in a blue moon after that time.
You had residual tumor after chemo of 3 cm, per your signature info-- which elevates the risk, but I believe it still follows the pattern of early recurrence (if any). I would try to keep on that followup for another two years, in your place. Then maybe drop it back but still keep insurance, even if you have a high deductible to keep the monthly cheap. Just in case (also considering post chemo illnesses can happen).
My MO is seeing me 4x/year for the first three years (from diagnosis) then it goes to 6 mos, then 12 mos at the 5 year mark. I get blood work... that's it. Annual Mammo & BS exam. They ran my cancer markers once but those don't seem to work for me (as they were never high even when I was full of cancer).
Re your strategy for moving and keeping coverage and rebuilding financially.... I wonder if it might make sense to get a job at a national chain of some kind -- one that offers insurance -- *before* moving (so you can take your training/seniority with you and work for the same company in the new place?) Even Starbucks might be an idea just to get the coverage. Or, pick a blue state that safeguards medical insurance and supports it with subsidies, medicare expansion, etc. CA is expensive but our state is a good one to get Obamacare through.
Last, if you are feeling well enough, you might investigate home health care for elders as a job idea. There is a large and growing population of elderly people and many of these jobs offer free room and board. It's basically housekeeping + companionship and help.
pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads.
7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
8/12/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
2/10/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes