Saturday, 18 October 2014

Three Years

It was three years ago today that Geoff and I sat down with a surgeon at the breast clinic and got the results of my biopsy. I was diagnosed with stage IV invasive ductal breast cancer with metastasis to my liver and bones.

The average life expectancy for someone with stage IV breast cancer, particularly with metastasis to the organs, is three years.

Three years.

But I am not a statistic.

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  1. I am not a statistic. It's true!
    We it are not!

    Congratulations Kate!

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  2. dear Kate,

    good for you! and good for all of us - who sometimes feel an occasional skipped heartbeat when coming across numbers/times/dates that really mean so little - but refuse to be relegated to a pie chart or percentage. thanks, dear Kate - and keep writing, keep sharing and keep on being the wonderful YOU that you are.

    much love,

    Karen OOXXOO

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  3. Almost 9 years since the original diagnosis for me, 8 since the mets. Let's continue to skew those odds. Have you read The Median is not the Message by scientist Stephen Jay Gould? He knew what he was talking about. http://cancerguide.org/median_not_msg.html

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  4. Is it that long, Laurie? You're a marvel! Yes, let us skew those stats. I'll be on the lookout for that book. ~ Kate

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    1. Not a book. I just followed the link. My stats are rusty, but I see myself in that tail.

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  5. dear Kate,

    just a little love note to let you know I am thinking of you - guessing this holiday season is not as merry and bright as it was in past years. sending lots of warm hugs your way...

    with much love,

    Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen. It just isn't the same without Mom. And hosting Christmas Eve and Day dinners will be a stretch, but tradition is important, and my husband will help with a lot of the cooking and cleaning. I miss baking with Mom. but I baked brownies with my daughter for her potluck lunch tomorrow, so we go on, in our way. I found myself humming Christmas carols all through the day today. I wish you the same this season. May happy memories and traditions, new and old, brighten your days. ~Kate

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