I always knew I would get breast cancer. But I thought I would be 60-something, rather than 39. Cancer runs in my family – both my grandma’s had breast cancer, as well as my paternal great grandma. I guess I just got a jump start on the getting old thing.
In 2012, I spent the year going through 2 surgeries (a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery), 8 rounds of chemo (once every 2 weeks) and 7 weeks of radiation (5 days a week). It was a long year but I made it through.
Now, I’m figuring out how to navigate my life as a breast cancer survivor. I find it to be quite the roller coaster.
There are a lot of blogs about going through treatment for cancer, but not a lot that I’ve found about living as a survivor. That’s what I write about here.
I agree that this survivorship thing is hard and there aren’t as many blogging about this part. Glad to find my way here via Beth Gainer. Looking forward to reading more.
Thanks for reading, Nancy. I’m grateful to Beth for sharing my blog. We’ll all figure out this roller coaster together.
Your first sentence here has hit home for me. I too have always known that I would get breast cancer. It runs in my family as well. I thought I would be in my 50s and 60s like the other members of my family but I got it at age 37. I just finished chemo. Cancer sucks.
Thanks for reading my blog Carrie. Wish we didn’t have this family history in common. Congrats on your last chemo. It’s a BIG deal.
Thank you! It’s a crappy family history but it is what it is, I guess. Even though I start radiation soon, I’m ready to begin my healing. That’s the BIG deal for me.
It’s great to find you! I too blog about survivorship which to me has become more challenging than treatments. Or perhaps they are a little different – survivorship is more mental than physical… but you get it. Looking forward to reading more about your experiences. xo
I’m so glad you found me too! Always good to meet a fellow survivor. Perhaps we can help each other figure out this survivorship. As you said, it’s harder than treatment in a lot of ways. I look forward to reading your blog also. Be well. xo