My story: 5 cm tumour, Triple-negative (not known at the time though), 17/20 positive lymph nodes. Age: 42
Treatment: Mastectomy (R breast) with axillary node dissection, 12 rounds of CEF (don't think they use that combo anymore), then 35 radiation treatments. I was thrown into menopause after the 2nd round of chemo with terrible hot flashes. Was recommended not to take HRT because there was no evidence that it was safe although I often wondered given my hormonal status.
Timing: I was diagnosed November 1999.
Genetics: lots of cancer in the family and I was tested for BRCA 1/2 and a ton of other potential defects and results were negative.
I attribute my 'addiction' to running as one of the reasons I have stayed healthy (other than a 'blip' in 2016)