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…

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…