I just returned from the 10th Annual Conference For Young Women Affected By Breast Cancer in Atlanta.
I am so tired I can barely see straight.
It was a terrific experience and I really learned a lot but I'm feeling too brain dead to share any of the many stories swirling around in my brain.
Instead, I'll share some notes I took from a presentation by Dr. Julia Rowland, director of the National Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Survivorship, called "Living Fully Is The Best Revenge."
In particular, Dr. Rowland shared with us the "factors associated with quality of life outcomes" - the things that need to happen for those of us who have had cancer to live long and well. My editorial comments are in brackets.
1. Accessing state of the art care (well, yeah).
2. Social support (having it and using it).
3. Finding or having a sense of purpose or meaning in one's life.
4. Learning to express oneself.
I think that these factors apply to quality of life for anyone, not just someone going through cancer treatment.
I'll be back on the other side of chemo.