When we are first diagnosed with cancer, one of the first questions we ask is 'how long do I have?' We assume/hope/pretend we will beat our cancer and live a long life. But for me, the little voice inside has always asked 'will I live a long time after the beating my body has taken, mostly due to cancer treatment?'
With two cancer diagnoses behind me, I have wondered how long I will live. My family mostly lives into their 80s, my parents are currently 86 and 88, my maternal grandmother lived to 96. I have always thought I will make it a while longer, being very indeterminate. I don't think I am dying anytime soon.
My body is not what we call 'in good shape'. I have aches and pains all the time, as well as arching pains across my back, twinging hips, throbbing knees. All of this wears on my body. It has gotten me concerned.
I am currently 35 years from a thyroid cancer diagnosis and 9 years from a breast cancer diagnosis. But today I read about a woman who is 50 years from her breast cancer diagnosis. She was diagnosed at age 29 in 1966. Now she is 79 and still here.
That is very encouraging. I really hope to make it 50 years after both cancer diagnoses. I have 15 and 41 years go to. I am not sure if that 41 years is doable for me but I wouldn't mind.
So I hope you are also encouraged by this as I am. With a breast cancer diagnosis, we deal with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and more. Our bodies are stressed and strained. But now we have a hero to look up to. If she can do it, so can we.