advanced breast cancer - could have been caught early
I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer to the liver and hip (non weight baring on right leg) in April. I am ER/PR+ HER2 + and was given a prognosis of 2 years to live. I have two kids aged 11 and 13.
Three years ago I had a mamogram and ultrasound which shows that there was a tumour in the same location as the tumour today (much bigger today). My specialist at the time told me that I had cysts in the breast and nothing to worry about. She told me that I did not need to do a mamogram every 2 years because of my age and that i could leave it till I was much older (37 at the time) I left her office feeling confident and relieved.
Now I am crushed and terrified of the prognosis which has been given as I need to see my kids grow up into adults.
I have had 2 sessions of cemo (4 to go) and then scheduled to be on herceptin and perjera indefinitely. I have a CT scan scheduled for next week to see if there is any improvement. I am terrified and can only hope that the treatment works.
I was wondering if there are other women who have survived this beyond 2,5,10 years and how they are able to stay positive and not let anxiety, depression anger bring them down.