Hello! I'm Linda from Seattle; diagnosed with Stage IV with bone mets after 17 years. My original cancer was stage 1; very small tumor in right breast; I opted for double mastectomy and had no sign of cancer in sentinel nodes on both sides, nor in remaining breast tissue following removal of both breasts. I had no follow-up treatment, due to "perceived" nominal risk at time.
But, as we all know, cancer is quite sneaky; it can lay dormant for years. I discovered a lump in my right arm pit in November and the cancer, unfortunately, had spread to spine. I have just completed 10 radiation treatments to spine which eventually led to total exhaustion and a case of esophagitis which has begun to dissipate a week or so after last rad treatment. Most helpful: Prilosec for major heartburn.
I am finding so many posts so helpful--especially those recommending supplements for a variety of side effects. Thanks so much to everyone. God bless every woman with advanced breast cancer and may all of us find hope in continued research!