Dec 03, 2012 - 6:12 pm
I visited with my oncologist today. We went over the results of the scan. She was just as happy as me. We talked about my hip and a new bump that appeared on the top side of my left foot. Gotta get back with the ortho doc and have him figure out what is going on with both issues. Then she asked about the Arimidex. I almost lied ... meaning ... I wanted to just tell her everything was fine. But my common sense kicked in and I told her I stopped taking it for about 6 weeks now. I told her I couldn't deal with the pain in my bones and muscles, the depression, the hot flashes and sleeplessness. She said she understood and didn't want me to be miserable but also said that my cancer is highly hormone driven (ER 98% PR 98%) and that taking meds was my best defense against a recurrence. I hate when docs are soooooooooooo right. LOL... So she switched me to Tamoxifen. I start that tonight. The one thing I like about this drug is that is helps build bone rather than destroy bone. I am already osteopenic, so this is a big plus for me.
I love this doctor. She didn't want to scare me or anything. She just wanted for me to understand it is her job to try to keep cancer from coming back.
I let her know that I let the TS know I was never going back to him. Or anyone else for scans. She laughed cuz she knows that is not a possibility. She reminded me that I am due for a mammo in January and then said "let's do your next appointment in 4 months". We both laughed because I commiserated that I hated going to doctors and having scans every 3 months. So she decided to do 4 months.
SO now I pray that Tamoxifen will not make me feel so lousy. I will give it a chance. That's what the doc wants me to do. She wants to make sure I can handle the side effects before giving me a full prescription.
Life is good ... I thank Jesus and Mother Mary for always watching over me. AND .. for my sisters in pink.
Love you all