YES, MAMMOGRAMS HURT, BUT…

Get your mammogram! I get asked often, “does it hurt?” Yes… BUT It does not hurt as much as 2nd degree radiation burns during treatment. It does not hurt as much as the old school c-section style hysterectomy I had to get because I had to take meds to keep the cancer from returning that…

S. A. D. AND TAMOXIFEN WITHDRAWAL

I am not a big fan of the fall time change.  To be honest, I’m not a fan of time change for daylight “savings” at all. I grew up in Indiana, where until recently, Daylight Savings Time did not exist. Until I moved to Houston, I had no idea how to change the time on…

LIFE POST-TAMOXIFEN, 2 MONTHS

Today marks the end of my second month of freedom from Tamoxifen.  I can honestly say that stopping the consumption of such a life-altering drug has been one of the best choices I’ve made in a long time.  I appreciate most having my brain back and having a boost in energy. This week I have…

DEAR TAMOXIFEN, THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

Today was the big appointment with my oncologist during which I planned to tell her, vehemently, that I had broken up with tamoxifen, and that I had already noticed a significant improvement in my quality of life. I had my argument planned in my head, had all my answers, research and sass ready. To say I was resolute would…

DEAR TAMOXIFEN, IT’S NOT ME – IT’S DEFINITELY YOU

I’ve been off the Tamoxifen for a week now and I’ve already seen improvement.  The joint pain has lessened, and today I did a series of stretches that felt so good.  I will see how I feel tomorrow.  Lately when I’ve tried moving around quite a bit I hurt like hell the next day. I’m…

DEAR ONCOLOGY DOC, I’M BREAKING UP WITH TAMOXIFEN

My post Saturday got me to thinking about why I take a medication that has cost me so much. I started taking Tamoxifen because I was scared.  My oncology doc told me I had to take it if I wanted to keep breast cancer from coming back.  I blindly took her advice because I’d just…

SIDE EFFECT UNIVERSITY

August 21, 2011 – Started taking Tamoxifen on a five-year schedule. August 22, 2011 – Wished I could stop taking Tamoxifen. April 2014 – Told that I would be taking Tamoxifen on a ten-year schedule due to the findings of a new study. August 22, 2015 – Weighing the side effects (that most doctors tell me it’s…

NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day! In April, I had another mammogram, another “clear” mammogram, which declared me cancer free for the fourth year in a row.  I do not, and will never, take negative results from a mammogram for granted. I find it difficult to balance my gratefulness to still be a living, breathing member…

THE BEST DEATH?

This week, I came across this article reporting on a blog post in which a doctor stated that cancer is the best way to die and society should stop wasting money trying to cure it. Of course, as a cancer survivor, I was livid. I couldn’t even come up with a way to describe how his…

DEAR TAMOXIFEN, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

  For three years, I’ve been taking Tamoxifen, a medication that will help keep my breast cancer from returning.  The first two years, I dealt with some very unpleasant side effects, including nausea, fatigue, headaches, eye pain, and mood swings that made me certain I was going insane.   My doctor would confidently tell me…

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, KICK ASS LIKE A WOMAN

I have passed the middle of one of the busiest years of my life. I am tired, for sure, but I’m so grateful to be on this journey.  My travels started in March with a trip to Maui, and with work, I started in May with a trip to Philadelphia, followed by a trip in…