Struggling to cope with Stage IV diagnosis and what the future holds.
I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in May of this year (2021). I went through aggressive chemo that resulted in a clean PET scan in October. I then had a lumpectomy in December. When the tissue from the surgery was analyzed, it showed that the breast tissue was still cancerous. That was shocking, and very hard to accept, after the PET, physical exam, and a mammogram did not detect any signs of active cancer. I went from being full of hope to feeling as though all the treatments have been for nothing. I am starting on hormone therapy this week to slow progression. I am really struggling with what the future holds for me and how to move forward in a productive way. Hoping there is a Stage IV patient out there that can offer some advice, or share their experience, to help me. Thank you. Mary