I’ve been avoiding reading anything about stage IV metastatic breast cancer for fear of what I’ll see. But in preparation for my appointment in Columbus tomorrow I felt the need to do a little research… So online I went…
The good thing is that when you have late stage cancer a million more treatment options are available. Very promising drugs that are still in testing and trial mode for earlier stage cancers are practically standard treatment for us folks at the end of the line. Of course, this is because everyone figures when you’re at the end of the line what have you got to lose?
What i’d been really avoiding was looking at the numbers – The survival statistics for stage IV and metastatic breast cancers. The numbers aren’t pretty. Apparently only 15 % of us survive longer than 5 years. On the flip side, I keep hearing stories about stage IV survivors that have gone on to live way longer than that. All I can say is that I plan on being one of the 15 % that keeps on living.
Monday I go for an MRI to find out more about the suspicious bone marrow situation. Keeping my fingers crossed that the cancer has not spread to my bones. I have high hopes for my new medical team in Columbus and I’m anxious to finally get some answers and start my damn treatment already and kick these cancer cells to the curb!
Until tomorrow… Peace and love to all. – T