I have Stage IV breast cancer which spread to my bones in December 2008 and to my liver in August 2011. I have been on constant treatment for all of this time obviously, some have worked better than others but at the moment I'm doing really well and feel as healthy as the next person.
There are many, many treatments for advanced breast cancer and many women live for years and years with a good quality of life.
I know Bernie has spread to more organs than me but I also know of ladies with similar diagnosis to her who are doing well years down the line and I hope she's going to be one of them. She's probably like me and wants to give it as little thought as possible for as long as possible.
I hope it doesn't sound patronizing but that's really inspiring, Bluie. I'm aware that some cancers are being visualized more as chronic conditions, these days (i.e. like diabetes, etc...), due to advances in treatment protocols. In other words, they might be incurable but long-term treatable and manageable with the person affected being able to have a pretty good quality of life. I really hope that's true for yourself and for Bernie Nolan. Long may you both continue to do well and enjoy life.