2015 Update

Wow! It has been almost 2 years since I have updated this! I just wanted to post a quick update. I am still cancer-free and am doing great. I am officially a Registered Nurse and am working at a wonderful hospital on a unit that I love. I feel that I am able to really connect with my patients and really advocate for them after being a patient myself just 4 years ago. I love this career! As far as my health goes, there are times when I feel pretty tired or fatigued, and I am not sure if that is a residual effect from my cancer treatments or just because I am working full-time 12 hour shifts and in a full-time baccalaureate program getting my BSN. I have spoken to other cancer survivors who have said that years after finishing their cancer treatments that they still experience some unpleasant side effects such as chronic fatigue. 
At my last appointment with my oncologist, we decided no more CT scans unless I feel that I need one due to any symptoms that are concerning to me. The reason is because she does not feel that I should be exposed to too much radiation since it is cancer causing. Also, she said the chance of relapse at this point is rare and I would most likely detect any symptoms of cancer returning first. Something that I feel is important for other women who have gone through radiation treatment, especially for cancer in the chest like I had, is to ask your healthcare provider about when you should get a mammogram. Because I was exposed to radiation treatments in my chest, my healthcare provider has recommended that I start getting mammograms when I am 35 years old since radiation treatment to the chest area can increase the risk of getting breast cancer. 
I hope that people are still reading my blog and finding it helpful! I really enjoy getting emails from many of you who have reached out to me! Thank you so much! xo

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