This entry was written by Debra Strauss. Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer 18 years ago, she speaks a story of hope and prevail for women who need assurance that there is LIFE after metastatic breast cancer.
It’s been HOW long?
Breast cancer sucks. Period. I was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer when I was 35. My children were 9 months old and 3½ years old. I thought I was going to die. But I muddled through.
At 40 I was diagnosed with mets to bone. I thought I was going to die. But I battled through.
By age 50, my doctors found cancer in my other breast. By then, I didn’t think I was going to die immediately. But I did have a bilateral mastectomy. And I waltzed through.
At 55 I walked 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk to celebrate TWENTY YEARS of LIVING with breast cancer. And I walked and walked and walked through.
Two years after that walk, at 57, again the cancer spread to other bones. By this time, I knew I was going to die. But I also knew that it wasn’t going to be anytime soon. I’m 58— actually 58½. If you’re reading this you probably understand how important those 1/2 birthdays are – I celebrate every one!
I’m still muddling and battling and waltzing and walking and thriving. You can manage your life! Live your life!
Take control of your life! Here’s what I do…
- Meditate ( highly recommended)
- Pretend to exercise
- Try to eat sort-of-kind-of healthfully
- Appreciate pretty skies and happy days
- Get aggravated about dumb things ( just like anyone else)
- Feel thankful as often as I remember
- Love my family and friends
- Laugh a lot (mostly at me)
- Remember to breathe and appreciate life minute by minute
That’s pretty much it. Not much different than what most people try to do, right? Even though breast cancer makes us different than most people, what we want in life is no different from what someone who doesn’t have breast cancer wants in life. We want to live our lives in peace and happiness. And it’s my responsibility to make sure that happens for me.
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