Please don't spend your days with this extra burden. No lymph node involvement is good news- it means one risk factor is reduced. The research continues to evolve, but there are some identified risk factors we do have control over: whether we smoke, how much alcohol we consume, our diet, our daily activity levels, how we handle stress, sleep, etc. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. Constant worry just reduces our quality of life. We don't fight this hard to not make the effort to enjoy today! It took practice, but when those "what if" thoughts come creeping out of the shadows, I run through my checklist- and know that I am doing everything within reason to minimize risk- then I force it back into the shadows and do something fun. It takes practice- but I am getting better at it, and so will you!
It is possible, yes. A cancer cell can hide out in bone marrow and then come out years later, or not. Even women with DCIS run a tiny risk of that happening.
The fact that the nodes were clear, however, is very good news. Your doctor can give you “percentages” based on type, tumor size, your age, etc.
All we can do is our best!
All I can say is think positive! I had 7 lymph nodes removed at the time of my bilateral mastectomy. My sentinel node was malignant. But on June 5th I will celebrate my 10 year anniversary since my cancer diagnosis. And while it hasn’t always been a walk in the park, I have learned what is truly important and know how truly blessed I am. I wish all of you love, light, and the ability to laugh when you can. Because faith, family, and laughter have always been my best medicine. 💞
My Lymph is full & a small lump in breast- Hoping to get by w/a node disection & Lumpectomy- Its a hard decision and DR can walk you thru- alot of variables to consider- Test results, lab results, history etc. I thought I was headed in one direction but after all my test results which took 6 weeks time, I have reconsidered a radical approach- I pray for you- you will figure it-
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