For me, though, and maybe for other cancer survivors, it doesn't seem like that long at all. In fact, when I hear how long it's been, and think of how life has gone on day to day, cancer treatments and the continual process of healing is still in the forefront. A lot of life has happened in this past six years.
I refer you to my daily blog, kathyjean.blogspot.com , if you'd like to catch up with me. I try to include the little nuances of how my body is different now "after cancer". Like the itching and/or numbness around the axillary wound when the lymph fluid is backing up. And the wound bed on the breast is always sore if touched.
I remember when I was diagnosed, and trying to find information about what it's like 5 years down the road. I didn't find much, if any. So today's pictures are 6 years after treatment. I date my anniversary from the last radiation treatment, which was June 6, 2008. (Funny, the dates we remember...)
My weight is basically the same as when I was diagnosed, approximately 145 pounds. I'm now 58 years old with a birthday next month. My cognition has improved, though it's not what it was "before cancer". I still have trouble thinking if I'm tired, fatigued, or hungry. Sometimes I just don't talk, because the words aren't there. Or I lose the train of thought and forget where I was going with the conversation. I don't like that, so I just don't talk. This is being recognized now in the medical community as "chemo brain" or "chemo fog", and there is no help for it. I seem to get overwhelmed by lots of stimulus, like busy, noisy, crowded places, and do better if I'm not there by myself.