Living with Metastasitic Breast Cancer
This year, I made it one of my personal missions to reach more women through my writing. I wanted to get the message out that more of us are living longer and living well with metastatic breast cancer.
Before 2006, I didn’t even know what the word “metastatic” meant. By the end of that year, it was a word that terrified me. My own journey through metastasis has been real roller coaster ride and I have written much about that here and on my personal blog, Not Just About Cancer.
I am very fortunate to find myself in continued remission, almost two years after finding out that my breast cancer had spread to my liver. And I am extremely proud of the community of support that I have built online.
I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had here at MyBreastCancerNetwork.Com to further extend my reach, to share my stories and reassure so many women that a diagnosis of metastasis is not without hope. For so many of us, metastatic breast cancer is treated like a chronic illness, one that must be managed but through which we can live active, healthy lives.
However, as I have written before, when metastatic breast cancer is well managed, the stories one tells can start to be repetitive and even boring (Another clean scan! No new signs of cancer! Today, I felt like a normal person!). And while I vigorously embrace the lack of drama in this part of my life, I also find myself lacking in inspiration.
As I have said often to friends in the last few weeks, blogging about my life with metastasis means to be constantly tapping the same vein. I am feeling a bit drained (I also just finished the final edits on my book, “I’m Not Done Yet,” which is being published by Women’s Press and due out in the spring of 2009, and that has no doubt contributed to my ‘cancer fatigue’).
It’s time to spend more time writing about other parts of my life (my blog is called Not Just About Cancer for a reason) and even to play at making stuff up, along with other creative pursuits. I have a puppy that needs training. And I need to spend more time on the activities that nurture my body, as well as my mind.
I plan to continue to hang around at MyBreastCancerNetwork.Com. It’s a great resource, along with its sister web sites at HealthCentral. I am approached several times a week to get involved with different health- and cancer-related social networking sites. This one is the best there is.
Perhaps I will be ready to write in this space again in a few months time. Until then, take good care.
And thank you.