Triple Negative Breast Cancer has a different recurrence profile than more typical hormone positive cancers. With TNBC, we are at a higher risk of recurrence within the first 3 years. From 3 to 5 years, TNBC has about the same odds as a hormone positive cancer, and then after 5 years, the odds drop off considerably and are statistically insignificant. In a nutshell, if it is going to come back at all, it will be in the first 3 years. With that understanding, you can appreciate how glad we were when Linda's oncologist pronounced her a "One Year" survivor. We weren't quite sure when that milestone was, considering she went through 2 regimens of chemotherapy and radiation from Jan 2008 to Nov 2008. Dr H. put it at the end of Linda's first round, in April of '08. That was a pleasant surprise.
While Linda was cleaning up the other day, she came across a list she had made in April of 08 titled "Things To Do: Summer 2008". Her and the kids had made a list of summer activities in anticipation of her being done chemo. Well, if you've been following this blog, you know that Linda had to endure another 12 doses of chemo throughout the summer and the majority of the list went unfulfilled (Seaworld, Six Flags, Schiltterbahn). It really was an awful summer for our family. That same list is now on our fridge! So, when presented with a choice of dates for her next bone and CT scans, Linda purposefully scheduled them after our upcoming vacation to South Padre Island. Her words to Dr. H..."You're not ruining this summer!".
Keeping a healthy immune system is probably the most important thing you can do to keep cancer away, or even showing up in the first place. That means eating right and exercising.
Linda is taking the following supplements:
- Viactiv (calcium)
- Turmeric Root Extract
- Vegetable Carotenoids (free radical protection) lutein, lycopene, broccoli, spinach, tomato, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts
- CoQ10 (heart health)
- IP6 w/ Inosotil (anti-oxidant, fiber)
- Multi vitamin
- Brassica Tea (SGS, Brocolli) developed by Johns Hopkins
- Green Tea (Japanese)
- Zumba / Total Body (2hrs)
- Walk/Run (1 hr)
- Body Pump / Step Interval (2 hrs)
- Pilates (1 hr)
- Step / Body Pump (2hrs)
- RPM (spinning) (1 hr)
- Yoga (1 hr)
I think the thing she likes most about the exercise is that they are group activities. She has some great instructors and has friends that participate as well. Mentally and physically, she is doing all the right things. She is a tough old broad...strike that...she is my tough old broad!
I'm not sure when I'll update the blog next, but I am not gone, just living. If you have any questions or comments, please write. Maybe I can convince Linda to write a guest blog post :)