My struggle with breast cancer
Friday, April 08, 2016
2015 was not the greatest year for me. On April 29, 2015 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. The shock I felt I could never describe, but if you have been there you will understand. I had surgery on May 25, 2015 and three weeks later I started chemo. If the cancer doesn't kill you, the chemo will or that was how I felt. During chemo treatment I was hospitalized twice. The first time was with blood clots in both of my lungs. I could hardly get off the couch and make it to the bathroom without passing out because I couldn't breathe. The second time it was because I had sepsis UTI's can be caused by chemo and I happen to be one of those that it happens to. Have that all under control by seeing a urologist. After all of that was finished including the 4 chemo treatments, I started radiation treatments. I had 37 of those. Fortunately, no bad side affects from that.
My breast cancer is called lobular cancer and only 10 to 15 per cent of women get this type of cancer. It is estrogen related and I was taking Premarin and it actually fertilizes this type of cancer. My doctor said there was only a 5% chance of getting cancer from taking this medication. Of course, I stopped taking it immediately upon finding this out.
Now I have to take a pill called Arimidex for then next 5 to 10 years. It will lower my estrogen levels to 1% and if tumors develop it will shrink them. I have been on this medication for 4 months now and after doing research on the medication I have found out that many people start to suffer with joint and muscle aches. It can be so bad that you can't hardly walk. This is starting to happen with me. It isn't every day, but when it is bad it hurts. I have to work through it, but if I can't walk, I do other things that do not involve my legs and hips. Why am I telling you this, it is because I belong to a wonderful team doing a 5% Challenge and I want them t know that I am doing my best to be a part of this team as I have for years.
Today was a good day with no aches and pains so I was able to do more today. Some days will not be as good as others. This is something I was not aware of, but I have to take these pills and I will work through them. Moving does help to subdue them
The SUDS Team has been very supportive of me and I appreciate this so very much. I didn't give in to the cancer and I WILL NOT give in to this. Thank you all for your caring and understanding. 2016 will be a better year for me because I know that God is with me and in control of the situation. I was told that I could have easily died both times I was in the hospital, but I didn't so I know he is watching over me.
I will give my best to my team and this will be a successful year for me.
Thanks again everyone!1