I started taking yoga at the cancer center a few months ago. As I was leaving class after my first time I was chatting with a few other women. Talking with another woman about having breast cancer she said “Oh….I’m a real survivor, I hit my five year mark last month. Some women think after a year they’re a survivor, but they’re not survivors yet.” Wow (this is what I thought in my head). But I responded “I’ve heard if you made it five minutes past you’re breast cancer diagnosis, you’re a survivor.” And I left it at that.
I’ve decided I’m a survivor. It took me a while to accept that title, but I think it fits. I genuinely think the worst part of breast cancer is the initial diagnosis….and maybe the first weeks after. Those were the hardest days for me. I’ve noticed the IBC survivor web page only includes women who have lived more than five years. I’m not there yet. I haven’t risen to the ranks yet. I hope I get there. I think I will.
So what do you think? Are you only a survivor when you get to five years?