We noted the first anniversary of this adventure in late June.
Happenstance got me back to Dr. Mrose, my favorite radiologist at Bay Radiology, for my first set of mammograms exactly a year after I had been in because of the lump I found in my breast. All is well in mammo-land these days.
As I continue to play with western medicine, there has finally been a shift to looking forward to long term health! A welcome relief from the “you are a cancer patient, you have cancer” mindset. Now, the reality is that most of what I can do to support my system and offer it opportunities for wellness are outside of traditional medicine, and I have arranged a team of docs who are supportive of holistic health care, thank goodness!
So, I will be taking Tamoxifen for a couple of years, and then other drugs to reduce the risk of a re-occurrence. Tamoxifen is pretty interesting and feels important in my situation, it blocks/interferes with estrogen receptors, especially in the breast. Since the cancer in my breast was estrogen-positive, blocking some of that makes sense to me. I had been aware of and working to shift the estrogen dominance in my body for many years, Tamoxifen is doing that for me, with sledge-hammer style results.
Because of the Tamoxifen, I have had to get my ovaries and uterus checked out, fun! We also had a unscheduled trip to the ER to rule out deep vein thrombosis one evening. Thankfully I got to go home with the diagnosis of unspecified rash. The leg cramps are epic and about a few of the other side effects – that will remain private.
Beyond that, there isn’t anything else to do, except be healthy and take good care of myself. (And lots of supplements!) It is a very strange feeling, after such intensive treatment for almost a year, to then be, simply done. Hmmm… This huge threat, major danger has been treated, and now I am simply done. “Come back and see us in three months.” Wow.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am really happy to step back into my life and get distance from all of that, and it is a somewhat rough transition and redefinition of self.
But hey, I have gotten to re-define myself so many times in this lifetime and especially in the last year!
Blessings to you all,
Who also no longer has a medi-port in her body either, yahoo!