I posted my first essay on this blog two years ago, December 6, 2007. It was a cheeky piece, “Pat’s Breast Is Here,” about how so many medical folks saw me as a disembodied breast while I went through treatment. Since then, I have added 175 posts; learned an extraordinary amount; racked up almost 39,000 page views; and connected with lovely readers from all over the world.
The blog has become a part of me, a focus of my life, and a beautiful reward. I am saddened to see the search terms readers use to get to me: The most popular is a variation of “triple negative survival statistics.” Readers often frame that question in terms such as “Can you survive triple negative?” The answer, of course, is yes. Triple negative is not an automatic death sentence, and I have posted the stats here to prove that–the great majority of women with the disease survive.
I sit here with a sinus infection feeling sorry for myself . And then I get perspective. I am more than three-years disease-free of hormone-negative, and most cases recur in the first three years. My readers remind me also that my case was not that big of a deal.
So happy anniversary to this blog, and thanks to all of you who have connected with me, and whose emails I look forward to–Deb, Ghazala, Noreen, Victoria, Marousa, Rose, Anhila, Doris, Kimberly, Susan, Carol, Julie, Susan, Nancy, Penny, Chelsea…. What a beautiful international list.