3 Year Survivor
Yes, I am now officially a 3 year survivor! February 5, 2016, a day that will forever be etched in my memory. It was merely 3 years ago that my life changed with the dreaded diagnosis of stage 2b invasive ductal carcinoma. Breast Cancer, I thought…could this be right? Surely they have the wrong person. Could this really be happening to me?
Why 3 Year Survivorship Is Important
For me, every year that I am cancer free is a blessing. Researchers based breast cancer survival rate on 5 year survivorship. Statistics show that 5 year survivor rate of someone diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer is 93%. So for me being a 3 year survivor brings me that much closer to the 5 year mark. And being this close gives me continued hope.
How Breast Cancer Changed Me
The diagnosis of breast cancer alone is scary for anyone. The diagnosis in itself changes the history and potential path of your health. But more than that, it changes your perspective, which in turns changes your priorities and focus. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer is one thing. Going through chemotherapy, radiation, AND multiple surgeries is a whole other ball game. Treatment for breast cancer is what really tests your inner strength. It is a test that will takes you to the edge of your breaking point. 3 years later, I made it. I am a 3 year survivor.
Not only did I make it, but it made me a stronger person in many ways. It made me appreciate the little things like sleeping on my stomach and dressing myself. Likewise, it also helped me not sweat the small stuff. My children don’t have to wear matching socks, and they can stay up late every now and then.
Life is short, enjoy every moment of it, for tomorrow is not promised.