My prognosis, by most markers of Stage IV Breast Cancer, is very poor - the highest grade of aggressiveness, fast progression, mets to organs (esp. liver), not a great level of general health.
The average lifespan for women with Stage IV BC is 15 months to 3 years.
But I got past that lower deadline (so to speak), and am now at the 16 month mark - and have no intention of stopping any time soon. My Bucket List Adventure to the ocean marked an anniversary of sorts, that of me getting past that lower limit. Now I want to set my sights on passing the upper limit of that average. And then, who knows - I might even aim at getting into that golden group who pass the five year mark. A gal can dream, right?
Thanks to the LDN, I've been able to climb stairs at Hearst Castle, hunt glass on the ocean's edge, clamber about (briefly) on rocks, and today spent 7 hours at a fiber dyeing class, most of that on my feet. Take that, hip tumors!** Thanks to the LDN, I want to live for a good while longer.
And I mean a good while. I've got things to do, beauty to see, adventures to experience, people to love, and miles to go before I sleep.
**yes, I was totally wiped out by the end of that 7 hours, but the point is that I rocked it. So there.