The first time I saw this statistic, I was floored. I’m not a medical person, but the sheer number of factors that could lead to a breast cancer diagnosis is overwhelming. I know a lot of people who stay in this space, who search and search and search for the why behind their diagnosis.
I’m sure I could have done things better, been healthier, exercised more, eaten better, reduced stress, etc. Before my diagnosis, I was working long hours running my own business while being a wife and mother of two boys, pumping and nursing around the clock. I was on birth control for a few decades and I underwent fertility treatments to get pregnant both times.
Hindsight is always 20/20. We can always look back and see what could have been done differently.
But I don’t.
I don’t find it productive or helpful to dwell on what I could have done differently. I am here, now. I am Stage IV, yes. I’m not dead yet.
I will maximize the time I have left.