Sunday, February 13, 2011

Now What?

When I was talking to my Duncle Dody on the phone yesterday, he mentioned something I had written in my blog he thought might be misunderstood by my readers, implying I am "out of the woods."  He couldn't remember exactly where it was, so I looked around for it.

I think this might be it Duncle, from my recent post giving a state of the union of where I am after treatment.

Now that I'm not on the front line, I've got time to think about each battle.
Sometimes the recall is so strong, I have to remind myself it's over.
I really am home from Cancer Camp.

Let me clarify if I need to.
The battle I refer to was cancer treatment.  That is what is over for me.
 
The WAR continues and will for the rest of my life.
 
From here on out, my medical care will always be driven by my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
For the rest of my life, I will be closely monitored in case the cancer returns.
From a clinical standpoint due to lymph node involvement, it is very likely that breast cancer cells were sent to other parts of my body. 
 
I think I've quoted in the blog before that every 69 seconds, somewhere in the world, another woman will die of breast cancer.
 
Did you know though that heart attacks kill 6 times as many American women as breast cancer?
 
As I continue processing and letting go of the challenges and rigors of treatment and moving towards my "new normal," my focus clearly has to be whatever I can do to manage my risk for both of these.
 
This is where my attention and blog will shift towards.
 
Risk Management.

1 comment:

Alette Siri Ane said...

I send you good thoughts and energy if I could .,being a bit away over the ocean it has far to go.Hope you have good days forward.

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