the latest :-)

tgf
tgf Member Posts: 950 Member
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
The latest from Teena:

1. A week ago Saturday I got up and was going to go mee the "girls" (we're all 65) for breakfast. When I got ready to go out the door I decided that it was THE day I was going to "retire" my denim hat and start going out hatless and show the world my wonderful (very, very short peach fuzz hair). It felt sooooooo good ... and I did get quite a few compliments on my cute "do."

2. Friday went for my first mammogram since the 1/21 lumpectomy and it was good news ... bad news. The bad news was that the very first "smash" on the lumpectomy boob hurt like hell ... but the good news is ... everything looks GREAT! It is such a relief. I was trying my best not to think about it too much because I didn't want to be a basket case if they found "something" they needed to check further. But ... everything looks great. Whoopppee!

3. For about 3 weeks I've been switching my antidipressants from zoloft and wellbutrin to effexor ... so I could start on my tamoxifen. At first the switch was a little tough because I had headaches for a few days. Then instead of taking a whole effexor in the morning ... I started taking 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 at night. Headaches stopped.

4. So ... after holding my own on effexor for a couple of weeks I started the tamoxifen yesterday... and have my fingers crossed that I'll be one of those with no side effects. Otherwise ... I may be on this board more than anyone wants me to be ... a total nut case! Oh well ... we'll see ... just let me know if/when you think I need to have myself committed!

Well ... that's all the news I have from my part of the world ... other than I LOVE my hair. I may have to keep it this short!!!!!! Talk about low maintenance!

hugs.
teena

Comments

  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    Teena!
    What a wonderful,

    Teena!

    What a wonderful, uplifting, upbeat post! And whooooo hoooo I am sooo glad that you like, no love your short hair! I am sorry you had any bad news, but the other way around would have been way worse, huh? Mammo didn't hurt at all, Dr saw a mass...better to have an owie smash and an all clean and clear report any day! :-) Good luck on the Tamoxifen; I had no trouble taking Arimidex for the 5 years...I hope you sail through as well.

    I love your attitude; I felt happy just reading! Thanks for the upbeat update!

    Hugs,
    Chen♥
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    I am happy to read this, too!
    Teena, what wonderful news! A clear mammogram, freedom of a short hair style you love, and successfully managing your anti-depressant medication. I am impressed! I am hoping that Tamoxifen will be easy for you. But if not, you can handle whatever happens, you know that. Love reading about all the good things happening in your life!

    Mimi
  • padee6339
    padee6339 Member Posts: 763
    Good for You!
    Doing the happy dance! It is such a great feeling the first time you go out without a hat or scarf. The best feeling I have had was actually feeling the wind blowing my hair. Right now it sort of resembles (and I say sort of!!!) Jamie Lee Curtis's hair in her Activia ads. Hers is short, but cut stylish. I haven't let them do anything but trim a little off the back bottom. And of course, not looking anything like Jamie Lee Curtis (insert chuckles here)- well you get it. I am so glad for you, you deserve a great big group hug!!!
    Pat
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    padee6339 said:

    Good for You!
    Doing the happy dance! It is such a great feeling the first time you go out without a hat or scarf. The best feeling I have had was actually feeling the wind blowing my hair. Right now it sort of resembles (and I say sort of!!!) Jamie Lee Curtis's hair in her Activia ads. Hers is short, but cut stylish. I haven't let them do anything but trim a little off the back bottom. And of course, not looking anything like Jamie Lee Curtis (insert chuckles here)- well you get it. I am so glad for you, you deserve a great big group hug!!!
    Pat

    Teena
    Thank you, You made my day! (I needed it) Thanks again Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • creampuff91344
    creampuff91344 Member Posts: 988
    padee6339 said:

    Good for You!
    Doing the happy dance! It is such a great feeling the first time you go out without a hat or scarf. The best feeling I have had was actually feeling the wind blowing my hair. Right now it sort of resembles (and I say sort of!!!) Jamie Lee Curtis's hair in her Activia ads. Hers is short, but cut stylish. I haven't let them do anything but trim a little off the back bottom. And of course, not looking anything like Jamie Lee Curtis (insert chuckles here)- well you get it. I am so glad for you, you deserve a great big group hug!!!
    Pat

    Here comes a big "whooo
    Here comes a big "whooo hoooo" from me to you. All news is great, and almost a relief. The short hair "unveiling" is the hardest thing to do, but such a relief once you take the first step. You will get to the point after your hair begins to grow out that you wish you had the short hair back....so much faster to get up and going in the mornings. As far as the mammogram and clear report, I couldn't be happier. Yes it does get uncomfortable, but I always tell myself to take a deep breath, and wait for the good news. Not a fun thing to do, but so much better than the not knowing what is going on in your body. Congratulations. Hugs to you.

    Judy
  • Dawne.Hope
    Dawne.Hope Member Posts: 823

    Here comes a big "whooo
    Here comes a big "whooo hoooo" from me to you. All news is great, and almost a relief. The short hair "unveiling" is the hardest thing to do, but such a relief once you take the first step. You will get to the point after your hair begins to grow out that you wish you had the short hair back....so much faster to get up and going in the mornings. As far as the mammogram and clear report, I couldn't be happier. Yes it does get uncomfortable, but I always tell myself to take a deep breath, and wait for the good news. Not a fun thing to do, but so much better than the not knowing what is going on in your body. Congratulations. Hugs to you.

    Judy

    Thanks for your sharing your
    Thanks for your sharing your good news, Teena!

    It brought a smile to my face! :)

    I'd love to see that cute 'do! Sooooo glad you got a good report from the mammo! My breast is still tender from the lumpectomy and I was wondering how much it would hurt for the next mammo ... but chen is right, It's so worth it when it comes back 'all clear!'

    Congratulations and thanks again for posting your good news! :))
  • rjjj
    rjjj Member Posts: 1,822 Member
    Hair Hair beautiful hair!
    Teena thanks for the beautiful post!! my best to you and your hair! jackie
  • Akiss4me
    Akiss4me Member Posts: 2,188
    Teena!!
    I am soooo happy for you. Don't worry, I may be committed with you! Think they have group rates? I will be back on my Tamoxifen in 2 weeks, so we can compare notes. Is Effexor one of the approved ones if you are taking Tamoxifen? My daughter colored my hair tonight and instantly mentioned how much thinning I am having (side effect of no estrogen) so I am thinking I may take her advice on a long Bob or something. But I have always worn my hair long. She said shorter hair gives you more bounce and actually can make you look younger. Hmmmm....food for thought! Pammy
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    So many great things all in
    So many great things all in one. First, glad the mammo showed no problems but sorry for the ow. Second, glad you got the formula right for the effexor. Third, hoping you have no side effects with the tamoxifen but I love when you write and are online so don't let no side effects stop you. Fourth, but certainly not least, glad you meet the world with your new hair and that you are embracing it.
    Go you and NED have a good long run, like forever.
    Stef
  • Christmas Girl
    Christmas Girl Member Posts: 3,682 Member
    The very best news of all...
    Clean mammo! WOO HOO!!!

    Mr. NED is with you, teena!!! :-)

    Congrats for everything else, too.

    Kind regards, Susan
  • Noel
    Noel Member Posts: 3,095 Member

    The very best news of all...
    Clean mammo! WOO HOO!!!

    Mr. NED is with you, teena!!! :-)

    Congrats for everything else, too.

    Kind regards, Susan

    Teena, so happy to read this
    Teena, so happy to read this from you! WTG girl!

    ♥ Noel
  • KathiM
    KathiM Member Posts: 8,028 Member
    So, where's the pic??????
    Sounds like everything is GREAT!

    I have this card I found that says it all with mammos:

    A pic of a fridge slamming, a pic of symbols crashing, and a pic of a guy with fingers in the light socket...I always keep that in mind...LOL... MY mammo is being scheduled as we speak...

    Thanks for the great news...and you GO, girl, with the 'new do'!!!!!

    Hugs, Kathi
  • Alexis F
    Alexis F Member Posts: 3,598
    KathiM said:

    So, where's the pic??????
    Sounds like everything is GREAT!

    I have this card I found that says it all with mammos:

    A pic of a fridge slamming, a pic of symbols crashing, and a pic of a guy with fingers in the light socket...I always keep that in mind...LOL... MY mammo is being scheduled as we speak...

    Thanks for the great news...and you GO, girl, with the 'new do'!!!!!

    Hugs, Kathi

    :) Happy for you
    Teena, what a positive post from you! It does sound like everything is great for you now.

    I love good news like this and I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lex♥
  • roseann4
    roseann4 Member Posts: 992 Member
    Alexis F said:

    :) Happy for you
    Teena, what a positive post from you! It does sound like everything is great for you now.

    I love good news like this and I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lex♥

    Ouch! I bet that hurt....
    Hi Teena,
    Glad your mammo was great but I haven't had mine yet since my partial mastectomy. I was hoping they used a different method that didn't turn the crank quite so tight. My surgery was March 30 and my book is still tender. My onc told me mine would be in Jan so I'm hoping it will be more healed by then. They said 6 months from rads. How long after your surgery did they do the mammo?

    Roseann
  • roseann4
    roseann4 Member Posts: 992 Member
    Alexis F said:

    :) Happy for you
    Teena, what a positive post from you! It does sound like everything is great for you now.

    I love good news like this and I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lex♥

    Ouch! I bet that hurt....
    Hi Teena,
    Glad your mammo was great but I haven't had mine yet since my partial mastectomy. I was hoping they used a different method that didn't turn the crank quite so tight. My surgery was March 30 and my book is still tender. My onc told me mine would be in Jan so I'm hoping it will be more healed by then. They said 6 months from rads. How long after your surgery did they do the mammo?

    Roseann
  • roseann4
    roseann4 Member Posts: 992 Member
    Alexis F said:

    :) Happy for you
    Teena, what a positive post from you! It does sound like everything is great for you now.

    I love good news like this and I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lex♥

    Ouch! I bet that hurt....
    Hi Teena,
    Glad your mammo was great but I haven't had mine yet since my partial mastectomy. I was hoping they used a different method that didn't turn the crank quite so tight. My surgery was March 30 and my book is still tender. My onc told me mine would be in Jan so I'm hoping it will be more healed by then. They said 6 months from rads. How long after your surgery did they do the mammo?

    Roseann
  • Kylez
    Kylez Member Posts: 3,761 Member

    The very best news of all...
    Clean mammo! WOO HOO!!!

    Mr. NED is with you, teena!!! :-)

    Congrats for everything else, too.

    Kind regards, Susan

    Congrats Teena with the
    Congrats Teena with the clean mammo! That is the best news!

    ♥ Kylez ♥