Thursday, March 06, 2014
Day 7: 10 minutes on Elliptical: 10 minutes of stretching
Day 8: 20 minutes on Elliptical; 70 minutes stretching
Whoo Hoo! One week of streak done!
Yesterday, day 7, was a long day in Nashville going to see three different doctors. If I hadn't been working on this streak, I most likely would have blown off exercise. We got home from Nashville around 6 pm and I went down to the basement and got my 10 minutes of aerobic work out in.
Yesterday was a milestone for me in terms of cancer treatment. I'm now officially done with two-thirds of treatment and onto long-term follow-up with both my breast surgeon and my medical oncologist. I'll have detailed checkups every three months for the next three years and then every six months for two more years after that.
My doctor told me yesterday that I have about an 85% chance of NOT getting metastatic (Stage IV) breast cancer over the next 5 years based on the results of my pathology report after my surgery three weeks ago. That is actually good news. When I was first diagnosed, my original odds were about 50/50 over the next 5 years. Since my tumor responded very well to chemo....not perfectly, but very well, my odds have gotten significantly better. I felt very relieved when I heard my new odds yesterday.
I still have six and a half weeks of daily radiation to go before I'm done with everything, but for most people, the radiation part is much easier than the chemo and surgery parts. The biggest short-term issues people have with radiation are fatigue and skin burns, particularly in the armpit area. It's not a cakewalk, but compared to chemo and surgery....it tends to be far easier.
I told my husband this morning that today felt like the first day of the rest of my life because the really hard parts of my planned treatments are behind me. It's a wonderful feeling!
Life is good!