Last updated: May 2019

In 1991 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a mastectomy with reconstruction and 9 months of chemo. In 2006 another mastectomy with reconstruction, however no chemo this time. So May 28, 2016, was my 25-year mark. I was fatigued, figured it was work, taking care of my mom etc. Then, one of my breast scars opened. I went to the dermatologist, then a rheumatologist got bounced around, meanwhile, my WBC was going up. So I went to see an oncologist, who ordered labs, then a bone marrow biopsy. When I went for results, he said, good and bad.

What is the good news?

The good news is you are being admitted to the hospital at 8 am tomorrow, bad is you have MCL stage 4. I thought this is it. My mom had passed away the week prior, what else can I take? I survived. I have been ok for a year, but my mental status, losing my job, friends etc. I am home alone during the day. Sometimes I go out, but crowds scare me. If someone coughs or sneezes, I figure I am going to get it. This is why I am home. Plus I fall a lot from neuropathy. I survived, but worry about when and where it’s going to come back.

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