Well, at least we have an answer. We are no longer stuck in limbo.
The results of the testing I mentioned in my last post on my wife's tumor came back... and unfortunately not with the results we'd hoped for. It turned out that her tumor was slightly more on the aggressive side... and that they best they could estimate was that if she did nothing more there is only a 60% chance she'll be cancer-free in 10 years.
She's only 43 years old... 10 years is not a long time.
... and 60% is not really a great percentage.
So after much discussion and research she begins a four-month round of chemotherapy tomorrow, which will then be followed by five years of a hormone therapy once the chemo is done in December.
In theory, the hell we are about to endure for the next few months plus the five years of daily Tamoxifen will together raise the chance of her remaining cancer-free to over 90% at the end of ten years.
90% vs 60% ... not hard to argue with those stats.
But of course the irony continues to be that she could be cancer-free right now... and won't need the hellacious drugs, fatigue, sickness, hair loss and other horrible side effects.
But we have no way of knowing...
And so it begins...
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