Living with advanced breast cancer

Wednesday 8 August, 2012

Well this October will be 7 years since I was first diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. The last two years have been a bit of a roller coaster for me. I had breezed through the first five years before the bumps started to appear.  

I had my first lot of chemo in December 2010 and that seemed to hold for a little bit. Tried some oral chemo but it started to lose its effectiveness a couple of months ago, so here I am again on the IV chemo bandwagon.  

Since January, I have had 4.5 litres of fluid removed from the left side of my chest and then in July, I had another 4.5 litres removed from my abdomen. It's been a pretty exhausting year but if I want to remain on this earth to annoy everyone, I have to try what I can.

To top this off, we lost my father-in-law to a rare cancer. He passed away 8 weeks after being diagnosed

Apart from these issues, I still remain relatively well and I am proud of myself for that. I would love people to know that being diagnosed with advanced cancer doesn't always mean the immediate end. I would also love people to realise that people with advanced cancer are still people and still love to be able to socialise. We have lost most of our friends as they can't or don't want to deal with my situation. I find this sad, but I have found support in other areas.

So here I go again, got the fighting gear on and ready to battle again. I wish everyone out there all the best with their treatments. Take care.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with advanced cancer you may like to call the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20 and speak with an experienced cancer nurse. You may also find it helpful to read our booklet When Cancer Won't Go Away, which you can download or call 13 11 20 to have a copy sent to you.
Updated: 08 Aug, 2012