My sister Debbie was diagnosed in 2004 with stage I breast cancer. After chemo, radiation, and a lumpectomy. She was told not to worry. She was put on tomoxefin, her tumor markers were checked every three months, and in Feburary 2009 our family planned her 5 year cancer free party.
Thats when the headaches started. She was given a CAT scan, and there was cancer in her brain. She then was given a PET scan, and it was in her liver, on her thyroid and pelvic bone. Despite the five years being monitored, her cancer came back with a vengence.
Debbie battled stage iv courageously, but cancer doesn't care how hard you fight. She passed away last week, just two years after her rediagnosis.
If I sound angry, I am. I watched my sister die, slowly, and painfully. My sister did everything she was supposed to. She was supposed to be a survivor, a champion over breast cancer.