I am 40 years old, a mother to two boys, a spouse, friend, sister, daughter and writer. I am also living with metastatic breast cancer. I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2006 and with liver mets in November 2006. I have responded very well to treatment (four clean scans and counting) and plan on sticking around (and living well) for a long time.
As my oncologist recently put it, “sixteen years ago, women with liver mets only had a matter of months to live,” yet here I am, miraculously in remission and continuing to defy the odds. The same oncologist has declared himself to be “amazingly optimistic”, going so far as to call my results “spectacular."
So many women with metastatic breast cancer are now defying the odds that the illness is starting to be viewed more as a chronic illness than the death sentence it once was. We are living longer and living well. And that is something I plan on continuing to do for a long time.
Living With It in Breast Cancer