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…