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Sending healing thoughts this holiday season

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Dec 26, 2022 | Replies (16)

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Hello @lisakinpa

I appreciate your lovely message and the reminder to take it one breath at a time and to give thanks. What a great message for the holidays! I'm sure that getting a breast cancer diagnosis during the holidays was difficult and this time of year undoubtedly brings back many memories.

How are you doing now?

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Thank you for asking. I’m doing well. I still see both my oncologist and breast surgeon every six months along with having the routine bloodwork. I’m told this is the standard of care until the five year mark. Then we’ll switch to yearly appointments.

I’m back to having my yearly screening mammogram which, actually, was rather a surprise to me. I thought as a breast cancer survivor I would now receive diagnostic mammograms rather than the screening. But once again, I’m told that this is the standard of care confirmed by the American College of Radiology.

Fortunately, because I use the medical center’s portal, I usually receive the results the same day. Still can be a nerve wracking experience. I guess it always will.

And lastly, I have Zometa infusions every six months to protect against bone loss while taking an aromatase inhibitor.

I have the occasional aches and pains but at 64, most of that is normal.

I am a strong believer in having a healthy diet and exercise. I walk a lot and also love Zumba although I take a low impact class.

There are times when I fear a recurrence but I tend to think that “it is what it is.” I’m doing everything I can to ward off a recurrence but will face it just as I did before if or when it happens. ♥️

I am doing fine. I find myself very emotional since I started taking Letrazole . Allot of up’s and downs. I can cry at the drop of a hat. It is what it is and I just carry on trying to stay positive. Family is the main key in keeping me on top and I thank the Lord above for them everyday.