Marking the Milestones

Listen to HER2: Marking Milestones After ‘a Year of Love and Loss, of Fear and Comfort, of Pain and Peace, of Fortitude and Friendship’

Fellow Cancer Grad contributor/ writer/ breast cancer grad Christine Corrigan wrote a beautiful piece for Living Beyond Breast Cancer and their Listen to Her2 Program. Here is a snippet of the article:

"Even though I know the long-term survival rates for my particular type of breast cancer are good and my post-surgical pathology showed a “complete response” to the chemotherapy, cancer patients are generally not considered to be in complete remission until at least 5 years have passed since the end of treatment without recurrence. So, my journey with breast cancer is not coming to an end, as much as I would like to say that it is  Also, what many survivors and their family and friends don’t realize is that the end of treatment can be unexpectedly unnerving. Everyone wants to celebrate “the finish,” to get his or her life back, and to not spend so much time in doctors’ offices. The latent anxiety and fear – “what if it comes back?” – can creep up any time, even weeks or months after treatment has ended. So, in reality, I will continue to live with cancer’s specter and fear of recurrence, as I have since I was 15."

Can you relate? We sure can. Read the full article here.