Friday, September 6, 2013

We Will Prevail

This post is for every woman who has just been diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.

I was told that I had this type of breast cancer twelve years ago. Twelve years ago they did not know much about it except that it was bad, it had a poor survival rate and there was nothing I could do after the chemo and radiation was over. They didn't even call it "triple negative" back then. It was called "estrogen and progesterone negative breast cancer."

Twelve years ago they also told me that I wouldn't be here to write about it today.

This post is for those of you who feel that there is no hope because not only do you have breast cancer, you have the "bad" one.

Keep strong. Do what your doctors tell you to do. TNBC responds well to chemotherapy. Think of it as your ally not your enemy. When you are done with your chemo and radiation and surgeries, take care of yourself. Exercise. Eat a low fat diet. Make sure your vitamin D blood levels are at the optimal range. Stop eating so much red meat and start eating a whole foods diet based on fruits and vegetables. Stop eating processed foods and switch to whole grains. Add ground flax seeds to your diet. And then live your life looking forward, not back. And do not, under any circumstances, look at outdated stats that say you are not going to make it.

You will get through this.

Twelve years ago all I wanted was to speak to someone who had been through it all and was on the other side of it. I'm here for you right now. I am not alone. There are lots of us many years out of our TNBC diagnosis.

"May our strength give you strength
May our faith give you faith
May our hope give you hope
May our love give you love"

                                                      Into the Fire, Bruce Springsteen


janeen said...

the happiest of anniversaries to you, dear Gina, and many, many, more to come!!! Thank you so much for being there for all of us--love ya!

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! said...

Your story is so inspiring. I am not triple negative, but as someone with an odd form of breast cancer (ER-, PR+, HER2+), I get how it can be extremely daunting to be diagnosed with an aggressive disease. I am also years out now (7, to be exact!), so I hope women who read this will see that it is possible it will give them renewed hope and determination to get through their breast cancer treatment!