Thanks for your response - it helped to put things in perspective.
I guess the main thing going through my head when even searching this site - when do you call yourself a survivor?! I remember early in the peace asking my oncologist a similar question re the "all clear" - mainly because that seemed to be all friends' question in the first couple of years. He answered "it's like a marriage - you don't say it's good till you look back at 80 years"!
I guess I should get out of my shell and say it loud and proud - I'm a survivor!!
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Hi All - this is my first foray into this sort of forum....
Basically I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Nov 2008. I had a young family at the time (my children are now 8 & 10) so I soldiered on through chemo and surgeries and tried to keep life status quo for them (and me!).
Now I'm facing my oncologist check up in about a month - my breast specialist advised earlier this year that I no longer need to see him (due to having no actual real breasts!!)and I can see my oncologist as the main consultant from now on. So - this appointment coming up will be the final 6 monthly check and hopefully confirm a nearly 5 year all clear.
I guess I'm anxious....I feel I've spent the first few years getting treatment, having surgery...and now the anticipated 5 year marker!
And life is normal...but not! 5 years flies by so quickly...how do other people mark this occasion?!
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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.