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Nov 24, 2013 11:01AM
I just passed my 22 year mark, so I'm thinking I fit into your "search" category . Although my sx and tx was back in what I call the "dark ages" of bc tx, I lucked out with a very forward thinking family doc. She advised me years ago to live a balanced life, which to her meant eat healthy, stay active and don't beat yourself up and think you're going to die if you have an ice cream cone or a bowl of potato chips. Just don't have those kind of things on a regular basis. She did strongly advise me to stay away from soy products, which were the "new, best thing" back in the "all things tofu days", as my tumor was ER+. I was on the "thin side of average", and she did not want that to change. They were just starting to seriously look at things like fat consumption and activity in the "big picture" of recurrence. She also felt that there was no "magic" diet that would make any difference in my outcome, but strongly urged a healthy, balanced diet. I have always had a very active metabolism that burns through food quickly, and struggle with low iron if I'm not careful.
So....I am very active both with "intentional exercise" like working out, and with lifestyle things like yoga, hiking, skiing, long walks, etc. I eat lean protein which includes meat, (yes, even red meat), fish and low fat dairy. I eat lots of veggies, not necessarily organic, but as fresh as possible, given where I live, so sometimes that means frozen veggies. I eat carbs like pasta, and whole grain bread, but try to stay away from as much refined carbs as possible. I've never really had a sweet tooth, so the carb thing isn't too hard for me, but I do allow myself a small amount of sugar in my coffee. I have used evaporated cane sugar for that for a number of years. I eat fruit too, again as fresh as possible, which gets pretty boring or expensive in the winter. Fast food, processed, or packaged food is pretty much "rare to never".
I'm old enough to have seen just about everything we eat go through the cycle of "good for you, bad for you, back to good for you - but in different ways". If you google long enough, you'll find the same thing for any diet or lifestyle advice, in my opinion.
So....long story short....I'm now 63 and a 22 year "veteran" of BC with no recurrences. I am on absolutely no prescription meds for the normal "age related things" like high cholesterol, BP, osteo, etc. I had a long history of failed implant recon, so this past April I had a free flap recon, and a few months later was back to hiking the mountains with my usual backpack. I'm 5'6" and weight varies between 125 and 130, depending on how many hikes/skis etc. I've recently been on.
I wish you nothing but health and happiness.
"Comparison is the thief of joy"
10/1991, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-
11/7/1991 Mastectomy: Right
11/29/1991 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex)
5/31/1992 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
10/7/1992 Reconstruction (right)
5/7/1997 Reconstruction (right)
4/12/2013 Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap
1/8/2014 Reconstruction (right)
4/14/2014 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction