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I completed all treatments for breast cancer but now I am supposed to take hormone blocker, named anastrozole. im concerned about the side effects. Has anyone here taken it and did anyone have hair loss?
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Hi kathyomaha55. I haven’t been here for awhile but if you don’t mind me asking did your friend have bc before this or was this her first time? I have my first mammogram this month after going thru a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation and am starting to feel very anxious and scared.
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@karendb Karen, Don't be anxious or scared. Get all the facts. If you start thinking the "what ifs," you'll lose focus and you need to stay focused to handle this. What I have learned throughout this ordeal is to lean on family and be grateful each day upon waking. Take one day at a time. You've got this…we're all here for you.
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Karen, I agree with Trixie! You’ve got this!! I was also pretty scared when I had my first mammogram after treatment. It’s pretty much normal to be anxious, scared, and concerned. But for me, I’d rather know if there is another cancer so it can be treated as soon as possible. I don’t want this DAMN disease sneaking up on me when it’s too late to do anything about it! Everything turned out fine for me at my last mammo, Odds are that it will turn out just fine for you too. I’m quite sure though, that I’ll be just as scared and anxious when it’s my time for a mammogram again… Always remember that you have all of us rooting for you! You are not alone in this journey, all of us totally understand your fear. And a mammogram is the best way we have, so far, to detect breast cancer in an early stage. Keep up posted! We’re rooting for you!
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I don’t respond too often but am here daily for reassurance. I totally live by this. I am extremely grateful for every single day I wake up, for the unrelenting support of my family and friends and for what I read from each and everyone one of you. I’ve learned to slow down and take one day at a time. Thank you everybody. It helps me more than you will ever know because I get really scared at times.
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I'm directing this to everyone – When I was first diagnosed, a relative who had recently also been diagnosed, gave me a book of letters, "Dear Friend, Letters of Encouragement Humor and Love for Women With Breast Cancer" put together by Gina L. Mulligan. Would you believe that a year and a half later, I am still only three-quarters of the way through? So very many poignant and selfless letters that help me when I am really down. I pick up this little book and feel so much love and encouragement. Since being diagnosed, I have obtained and given out this little book to friends/relatives recently diagnosed.
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Thank you, Trixie.
Thank you all of you. I do know you understand these horrible thoughts and feelings. I will be more positive in my mind and will keep you posted.
Thanks so much! I voukd use this and will also pay it forward.
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@karendam have faith in your surgeons and radiologist and doctor! Otherwise ask questions and be knowledgeable!
Don't let the fear over take you! The more positive you are the easier all this is!
Cancer can't win!
You got this and us!
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Back in May I had my first annual mammogram since I was diagnosed – I too was anxious& worried for about 2 weeks before the test. It was all fine! So I understand you feeling this way, but I agree with the others in that it's good to stay focused and take it a day at a time. I was anxious for no reason.
My friends story is a very very sad one. She retired 10 years ago and has not had medical insurance since then until she turned 65 in September. So she never got any health care for the last 10 years. She is one of the smartest people I know & she made some incredibly stupid decisions. She started having health problems like 18 months ago & STILL did not go to a doctor. She never told anyone – not even her family. I will NEVER understand her decisions. So she finally went about 3 weeks ago, because she was in so much pain from her kidney. They found a large tumor on it. She is having surgery to remove the kidney on Tuesday. She was in the hospital for 10 days where they performed many tests & found tumors in her breast & on her liver and colon too. The biopsies from the breast showed Stage 3 IDC and the liver biopsy showed it was breast cancer too. They are not sure what is in the kidney – but think it's maybe unrelated to the breast cancer, but they will find out after the surgery to remove it. The colon they are waiting on for now.
Her mom died from lung cancer in the 1980s. So I can only wonder if she'd had regular mammograms, she would have been treatable. I spoke to her last night & depending on the results of the kidney tumor, it sounded like she may choose no treatments. I don't know if it's a fear of treatments – after what her mother went thru or what. I kept telling her that treatments now are so much more advanced. This is incredibly sad to me. I met her in college when I was 18. This to me – says more about regular checkups and being open to friends and family about health problems. We have to take care of ourselves.
Is there any chance your friend can get to a cancer support group? Even if she decides no treatment, she can at least share her feelings with other cancer patients. I've learned so much with my local one. There are a few patients that have done immuonotherapy, etc., and have done quite well. One with Stage 4 lung cancer has been ongoing for 11 years now and late stage colon cancers and breast cancers trying new options. All my best to your friend.
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Aww gee I’m so very sorry. I had to ask because so many people seem to get reoccurring c after they’ve had bc but in a different spot. I guess it’s just that dam fear rearing it’s ugly head again.
I for sure will talk to her about this. I already told her about advances in treatments. I hope she's smart enough to listen to her doctors about options. She lives in Kansas City – so there should be good treatments there. This Blog has done so much for my spirits. You guys all ROCK!!! I've learned so much from this group.
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I will keep your friend in my prayers for healing, comfort, and peace with her upcoming surgery and decisions to be made🙏
I had my 1year mammogram today, all clear! Yea! Now my oncologist is recommending that I take Prolia injections twice a year to reduce the chances of my osteopenia progressing to osteoporosis.
I have seen some discussion about this awhile ago but I can’t find that thread. I would like to hear from someone who has taken this. What was your experience good/bad. I’m trying to decide whether or not to take it.
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