- August 25, 2010 at 1:52 am
Many of us have been where you are now and we understand how you're feeling. It's just overwhelming and if I hadn't had this place I don't know what I would have done. It was only when I saw others in my situation who were doing well years after their diagnosis that I was able to take a deep breath and start fighting.
My lymph nodes were in the axillary area (armpit), and I had three positive nodes, however one had turned into a 6 centimeter mass and the extensions from another had engulfed a muscle in my back so that was also removed. This put me at stage IIIC and all I was hearing was how there was "no cure" for this.
I'm still here, and WELL, nearly 9 years later. I haven't seen a doctor in years and they've "cut me loose". Since you never know with disease, I always just say – so far so good, but it's been a wonderful 9 years and I look forward to more. I had surgery to remove all the nodes and then did interferon. Others are doing well who've done other treatments and some who have done the watch and wait are also fine YEARS later.
Good luck to you. Things WILL look better and take hope in those you see here who are doing well at every stage.