I know what you mean. I don't think I will ever feel confident enough to call myself a survivor.
Congratulations to you for making two years. It is just a day at a time for all of us, enjpy them
I think that you can call yourself a survivor . I puzzled over that a while ago too. Now ,I think ,I'm alive and cancer free for now so I am a survivor . This can change any time but right now this is how it is . It is over 2 years since my diagnosis and 2 years since treatment ended .
I feel the same Silly. My 2nd anniversary of diagnosis is in one month and I count myself a survivor. Treatment is over and I'm still here. Cancer may one day come back but that doesn't stop me from being a survivor now.
Lucky or unlucky? I was unlucky to get breast cancer at a relatively young age - I read that only 2% of diagnoses are in women under 35. So that was unlucky and annoying. But I was also lucky that it was diagnosed before it had spread and I came through treatment better than most. So on the whole I count myself as lucky.
I've only just passes my first anniversary, and like Allycat, I was unlucky to get cancer but lucky that they found it early.
My take on things is that I am cancer free at the moment, but you never know if it will return or not, so make the most of life whilst you can!
Keep yourself busy just enjoying life!,
I am going through my second ani where I had 2 lots of surgery and my story is on line if u want to have a peep. I was diagnosed in 2010 with breast cancer on the right side. I know what u are going through. I didn't have a recontruction then I didn't have kemo or radiation also. I think myself that I am cancer free.
Then Rowan please hang in there as it is so strongly emotional. If u haven't had a recontruction like me I know what it is like for u. Yes it is so unlucky to get cancer. Glenys xx
It is a shame that u had cancer at a young age if this is right for me to say this to u. I could say to u that treatment and surgery is over that we are still here. I would say that the emotional side of things are traumatic even after the second ani but not as much as the 1st one. I am trying to get used "to my friend" (my falsie breast) as my counseling put it. It is a kelo in weight. I don't wear it if I don't want too as it has been off me all day with no bra. I want to rest from it. Trying to get used of the weighty falsie as it drives me up the wall. Having no weight till I put it on me then I lose the weight when I take it off. I makes no sense of having a falsie when u want your natural ones on u. Glenys xx
I had my second anniversary while I was on holiday in America. Because of the time difference the actual Melbourne-time anniversary was on the evening before. It was about 10.30am on 7 October 2010 when I was given my cancer diagnosis. I remember sitting in the waiting room beforehand with the only worry on my mind the fact that I was going to be late for work.
The time difference thing made the anniversary seem a bit less relevant although I still thought about it. If I had been at work I would have been writing the date all day which I think would have been bothersome so it was good to be on holiday.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.