Hi everyone, This is Cathy -- I'm 52 and was first diagnosed with Stage 1 bc in 1996, at 38. At that time I was living in NYC, ending a significant relationship and planning to become a single mother by choice. Trained as a clinical social worker, I was in private practice and working with emotionally challenged children in a day school. I was comforted by colleagues, friends and family. I met my DH in 1998, he was the proud father to two children 14/12 and we were married in 1999 and adopted Hana (9) in 2001. I was cancer free until 2005 when diagnosed with mets to the liver which responded very well to treatment. Then, 2007 mets to the brain followed by WBR, 7 doses of cyberknife and now, I am in a clinical trial in Boston (I live in New Haven, CT). The results have been remarkable with 78% reduction in the brain mets since November! Oh, I am ER/PR - and HER2 positive. Liver stable and I feel pretty good for a young mom blasted by CA.
My greatest challenge is knowing that my life will not go on forever and what about my daughter...I live a distance from my closest friends and extended family (mother is nearby and quite vital)
Thank you RivkA for starting this group. I look forward to getting to getting to know everyone!