Mar 28, 2022 11:44PM sarahmaude wrote:
So, you’ve got good news among the disappointing news. Dang, it’s iDC. Good, it’s tiny! Dang, it’s HER2 positive. Good, they’ve got really good treatment for that. Dang, they have to go back for more. Good news that the pathology let you know now before too much time has passed.
The waiting. That has also been the hardest for me. I’m one of those people who knock things out as quick as I can. Patience isn’t my best trait. We can work on that together. This community has been a real sanity saver. I do not always care for the general public, but for some reason i continue to be so impressed with the wit, wisdom, and authenticity of the women I’ve met here. That’s why I’ve suffered the tech glitches, and it’s why I’m glad to meet you on our shared journey.
And what to tell people. That’s tough too. I’ve got a tiny circle I keep fully informed. The rest, I stay upbeat and let them know about next steps without much detail. And, I’ve held any big group announcements because I really don’t want to spend my energy comforting near strangers or hearing about their wife’s aunt.My kids are grown, and I tell them the truth: most of us with early stage breast cancer do really well with treatment. It’s not 1900, 1980, or even 2011. Treatments keep getting better, and so does quality of life during treatment. You are going to do well. And we are here with you.