It is so nice to know that so many friends saw this article and cared enough to send me the link.
I know you meant to encourage me.
The article can be extremely encouraging, especially for women who have the "right" kind of cancer.
The article informs us:
"There’s a small subcategory of people with Stage 4 breast cancer... who live for years and years.... about 2 percent of all cases.... People in this group tend to have disease that has spread to the bone (as opposed to lung or liver, say) and feeds on estrogen...."Though my cancer did spread to my bones (in addition to my lungs and liver), my cancer does not feed on estrogen.
So, though the message of this article is that woman can live for twenty or thirty years with advanced cancer, the statistics are still not great (only 2%), and they are not so relevant for me, given my cancer type (ER-, PR-, HER2+).
Now, do not get me wrong.
I still have my 80-year plan! (ad meah v'esrim, plus...)
No one, not even the doctors, can predict who will be the lucky survivors; my plan is to be one of them!
But this article does not hold out that promise for me.
Knowing that you all are thinking of me, and praying for me... now, that gives me hope.
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,