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And in June 2013 we are back in the revolving door of doctors, this time for my heart. So the focus has shifted, 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 strength to others & will help to strip away the fears we each experience.


LIVESTRONG: I am strong. I am loved. I am healthy. WE WILL WIN!

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.

WARNING:
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...

Hugs,

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

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I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Buh Bye Letrozole

Thank you, Dr. Anderson, for getting me in to see you right away after my call into the nurse advice line earlier this week. I am now off the Letrozole, which I mentioned in my last post was making me pretty miserable. So I get to take a break for 2-4 weeks, until all the symptoms are gone. Then I'll start in on a new medication and hopefully will not have all the bone aches and pain (osteoporosis symptoms) that the Letrozole was causing me.
And I'm looking forward to getting a good nights sleep too.

Hugs,

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

LIVESTRONG
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Firsts

This will be my year of "firsts"; that is firsts after cancer... first mammogram, first bone scan, first blood work. 

I've already had the first mammogram in December and that went well. I was scheduled for my first bloodwork and oncologist follow-up in May, but we have bumped that up a bit. I've had so much discomfort, which I believe is from the Letrozole (Femara generic), that I called the Nurse Advice line this week. 

The Letrozole is prescribed to me because my breast cancer was estrogen receptive, and the risk of recurrence is enough to cause concern. The Letrozole is to help prevent recurrence of breast cancer or any other lurking cancer cells that may be hanging on out there. As much as I'd like to think I am free and clear for ever, I know this is not true. A perfect example is a dear cousin who just had a recurrence after 10 years cancer free. So it is definitely something to take seriously. The Letrozole is a daily pill and is prescribed for 5 years. One of the side-effects is bone pain and bone loss. A bone scan was performed before it was prescribed to be sure I didn't already have some form of osteoporosis. And they will be done periodically as time goes by to be sure my bones are still holding up while taking this drug.
 
The pain I'm having comes on mid-day and gets worse as time goes on, especially if I am doing a lot of standing or after a nice long walk. It has been getting worse over the last couple of months, and now I am feeling it in my lower legs, rather than just hips, thighs and buttocks. When I can't get to sleep, or wake up in pain, then it's time to talk to the oncologist. 

So I left them a detailed voice message and they returned the call saying I need to come in and see the My Oncologist. One good thing is I get to see all those smiling faces at Redwood Regional Medfcal Center after several months.

I will report back later this week after I see Dr. Anderson.
 
Hugs,

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

LIVESTRONG
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!