Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by knowing that I celebrated my 5th year of being cancer free on 8/23/11. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative, Invasive and Stage 2A. I was 52 Yrs old when diagnosed and I am now 58.
I know that God is in control of all our lives therefore I live my life a day at a time staying focused on what is most important to me and what makes me happy no matter what and that is my family and God. Follow your Dr's Advice:) always have hope, faith and love.
Stay encouraged and enjoy each and everyday!
Your Sister of Hope!!
Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same breast...diagnosed DCIS, again TNBC. I elected to have bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. Post op pathology showed 2 additional types of micro malignant cells waiting to happen. I feel totally at peace with my decision. Life is good. I am back to playing golf and exercising. Yoga and meditation are high priority for staying focused and strong. The path to wellness starts in our own minds...know it, believe it, and you will be better than ever!
My experience w chemo was TC, every 3 weeks for 4 cycles. I felt very much the same each time, with week 1 having more fatigue & bone aches, week 2 better, and week feeling good again to go into the next infusion. I was fortunate not to have nausea, loss of appetite, or other things I had heard about. Everyone is different, with so much dependant on the kind of chemo, and overall health to start with. I was 61 at the time, but very strong from years of being active and physically fit.
Try protein shakes if you need calories...made with almond milk to cut down on dairy if nausea is an issue. Costco has great vanilla protein powder.
Stay positive. Sounds as if you are, and that will be your biggest and best "medicine."
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