What started as IDC (Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma) in 2011, then turned into CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) in 2013, probably partially caused by chemotherapy along with a genetic pre-disposition. Here we are now in March 2016 and I am newly diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in the left breast and liver (LMBC - liver metastasized breast cancer).

So the focus has shifted yet again, BUT... I continue to THANK YOU for your prayers, love & support. I receive them with open & loving arms. My wish is that I will gain strength from you, will provide helpful information and strength to others & will help to strip away the fears we each experience.

I am strong. I am loved. I am healthy. I WILL SURVIVE!

Have you or your loved one had their annual mammogram? PLEASE, don't put it off. Speaking from experience, I highly recommend monthly self exam as well. And if you are now cancer free of breast cancer, do everything you can to insist that your doctors follow up with an occasional PET Scan and labs for tumor markers.

Contents may be uplifting, sad, funny, scary, downright depressing ~ THAT IS CANCER .... at it's best, at its worst.

PLEASE ~ Feel free to share this blog with anyone who is interested to learn about my journey. While I welcome their support, I hope that by sharing this experience freely to the universe I may help to support others by breaking down some of the barriers and fear associated with breast cancer and the treatment.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Letrozole Symptoms Subside

So the Letrozole symptoms have finally eased up two weeks after stopping this medication. It was odd though as the bone pain increased for nearly 10 days, becoming almost unbearable about a week ago. Thank goodness that seems to have passed now.

Even though I will wait a couple more weeks before starting the new chemo pill, Exemestrane, I thought I would get the prescription filled. Rite Aid did not have it pulled for me even though my oncologist had called in the script about 10 days earlier. Come to find out, the brand name would have cost me over $400 for one month! OUCH!! The generic, which is not available for some reason, runs about $80 for a month.

So I guess it is back to the drawing board for my oncologist to figure this one out for me. He did indicate that if this were to happen, to not get it filled and check back with him. Actually, after doing a bit of online research at the Breast Cancer Care website, and learning about significant bone loss attributed to taking this drug, maybe it is best we find another option. Stay tuned...


Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!


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