My horoscope for today said, “Thursday, Even if your life seems to be unfolding as planned, you still aren’t sure that you should trust the good news. Although you don’t want to be hurt by what you discover now, you might overcompensate today by gathering all the information you can find. Unfortunately, you don’t need any more data; just make a choice and then take a few healthy steps in the direction you want to go.”
OK, the good news came from my medical oncologist. No chemo, no radiation.
My chances of a recurrence – if I do not take Arimidex, which prohibits estrogen production- is 3%. If I do take the pills, my chance for recurrence of my cancer drops to 1.5%.
Anyway my medical oncologist is getting a bit more information from my primary care doctor before deciding if he thinks I should try the pills. “Try the pills” is the important phrase here.
He and I agree that quality of life is important.
Good news, I am not a candidate for tamoxifen or other pills with a list of lengthy possible side effects.
No I didn’t say there were no possible side effects of Arimidex. There is a list but the worst item on the list is loss of bone density. It’s up to the doctors to figure out my bone density issues. And they are the people who have the ability to assess my cancer risk.
I need to say I didn’t feel ill at all before my operation. But I believed the doctors, (especially after I got a second opinion.)
I haven’t felt totally well since the surgery. But the cancer is gone, my lymph nodes were cancer free.
Oh, ever since scheduling the surgery, I’ve been reading material on breast cancer. Does that sound like overcompensating?
I keep the study time to a limited dose. It’s part of my own prescription for healing.