Sep 25, 2000 - 6:26 pm
This is my first posting. I'm thankful to include CSN within my support system and learn from people who are armed with courage and generous spirit.
I was diagnosed at 34 with Stage III invasive breast cancer. I underwent a lumpectomy, lymph node sampling surgery, 12 cycles of Adriamycin, 3 months of radiation, 8 cycles of CMF and 3 consecutive surgeries to remove scar tissue.
At 35 I had an FSH test which confirmed I was in menopause. The cancer was estrogen negative so Tamoxifen and Taxol were not an option for me. I was ordered to stop eating soy and ginseng products because they were estrogen stimulants.
I recently passed the 5 year cancer free mark and continue to feel like I was pushed from an airplane with no parachute. If you were diagnosed with a hormone dependent cancer, I would really appreciate your input on how you live as a survivor minus the shields of Tamoxifen, Taxol, etc. Thank you for your time.