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Oct 13, 2021 07:09PM
Oct 13, 2021 07:13PM
Just wanted to give an update after a long time away. 8 years out. Had my annual 3D mammogram and check up today on my remaining natural breast. All fine. Started annual u/s at 6 month mark, annually, 6 months ago as level C density.
Never had chemo, nor herceptin but took tamoxifen religiously for 5 years. Keep my weight reasonable and work on my fitness.
The last 8 years have been joyful and sad and surprising. Since my cancer was removed, I got separated and divorced, met my soulmate and remarried, and then I lost him to brain cancer. My daughter developed an eating disorder but is doing well now. My father died after a lengthy journey with dementia, my sister developed a serious but manageable illness, and my mother was recently diagnosed with slow growing lymphoma. I had terrible debt and didn't make enough money. I have a fabulous job now and no debt, and I've traveled to Brazil, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Toronto, Miami, and more. I inherited some assets from my late husband. I am dating. I had kidney stone issues, vertigo, costochondritis, and plantar fasciitis. I am happily dating someone and renovating my home. Looking forward to retirement in a few years! I am so very grateful for the opportunity to experience all of it.
And I am so very appreciative to have had such a great checkup today of all days, World Metastatic BC Day.
May you all be well and thrive.
Rosamond, my Calico cat, was a breast cancer survivor for 8 years. >^.^
6/10/2013, DCIS, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
8/1/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
8/7/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
8/14/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
9/4/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
2/3/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)