On October 10, I finally graduated from radiation. Daily doses of 200 cGy (Centigrey) of radiation made me very tired but generally well. I tolerated the treatment better than Chemotherapy. I had 25 rounds of daily treatments , Monday through Friday and 10 days of treatments of booster, high doses of radiation.
I will regularly see my oncologist, breast surgeon and radiation oncologist every three months to monitor my condition.
My oncologist has put me on hormone therapy Tamoxifen, an estrogen blocker to prevent the spread of breast cancer cells and prevent recurrence. I will be taking it for five years.
With 5 years of being NED, I will be considered in remission and with 10 years of NED, I will be considered, "cancer-free"! I look forward to that day!
I will have my 2nd stage of reconstruction surgery on November 22.
The battle continues but life goes on... with more prayers and a lot of courage and faith, I am hoping for weeks to turn into months, into years and finally be free from the "C".