Almost 4 Years On & Still Here!

Wednesday 24 June, 2009 by Tracey

Before being diagnosed with Advanced Breast Cancer almost 4 years ago, I never would have believed that Cancer could be fought in the way that I have been fighting it.

I was on Tamoxifen for 3-and-a-half years and just changed to Femara in January 2009. I have been having an injection of Zoladex every month since diagnosis and also in March of this year I switched from Bonefos to Bondronat. I haven't had chemotherapy but I have had radiation on my back.

In 2007 I had a mastectomy and they discovered that I actually had 2 different types of cancer. All of my scans and tests show that my only secondary is in my sacrum. I remain well, I am about to turn 44 years old, I work part-time, I do Karate and I raise my 3 daughters with my husband of almost 21 years.

Prior to all this, I would have seen a diagnosis of cancer as the end of my life. I am proof that this is not always so, and my understanding is that there are a lot of people out there just like me. It seems very surreal to me that I should be given such a diagnosis and yet I am still here.

I have sadly watched so many people during my journey, succumb to cancer (all types) and still it confuses me as to how it attacks different people. Nevertheless, I desperately want people to realise that a diagnosis of advanced cancer is not necessarily the end. I know that for some people it is, but there are also so many of us with some form of advanced cancer that are still living quite full lives.

We never know when or if there will be a cure but there are so many things we can do to help ourselves along. If you are interested you can find a balance between conventional medicine and natural medicine. Try meditation, it is one of the most amazing things to do. Find a guided meditation and put it on an mp3 player. Put in your earplugs and you can listen while you go to sleep.

Learn Tai Chi or Chi Kung (Qi Gong), these things are all so good for you, no matter what you're going through. Also I find keeping a written or typed journal helps. It's amazing how much anxiety and anger can disappear while tapping on a keyboard.

Finally, remember there is always hope. You can't let go of that. I know it is such a sinister disease but try and stay realistically optimistic. Embrace the good parts of your life.

I wish everyone the best during their own personal journeys. I would also like to say a big Thank You to the carers (spouses, children), who travel with you on your journey. They are a very important part and I know in my case, they are greatly appreciated.

Updated: 24 Jun, 2009