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Dec 31, 2019 · Depression and cancer diagnosis in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

I hear you. This has been a tumultuous year for us as well. We lost a dear family member and I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Living with a cancer diagnosis is an emotional roller coaster. I try really hard to not overthink things as I am essentially cancer free right now. But everyday when I take my medication it is a stark reminder that mortality is out there. The middle of the night, when I awaken for any odd reason, is when my mind races. Any given day I might burst into tears because the future is so unknown. But then I realize that the future is unknown for everyone not just cancer patients. My daughter's friend went out to a bar one evening. She was responsible and called a Lyft to go home. She never made it as her Lyft was t-boned by a drunk driver. She was 22 years old. Like you said most people live with the "veil" of immortality and they don't realize that death is in front of them all the time. With a cancer diagnosis it brings living more to the forefront. You are on the right track with the idea of not wasting a minute of life. It is indeed the little things, like the warmth of your dog against your leg, that mean the most. Keep your chin up!

Oct 25, 2019 · Conflicted on taking medication in Breast Cancer

@jdriver Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope to have the same experience. I will let you know next month 🙂

Oct 21, 2019 · Conflicted on taking medication in Breast Cancer

@rabab101 May I ask why were you miserable on tamoxifen?

Oct 16, 2019 · Conflicted on taking medication in Breast Cancer

I was diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma. I had a lumpectomy and radiation and have now been prescribed Tamoxifen. I, too, have been very conflicted about taking this medication due to the side effects. I am awaiting an appointment with a nutritionist to determine if a serious change in diet will provide a similar reduction probability to the tamoxifen. I had initially agreed to try it but still have not. Treatment for breast cancer is a very difficult but personal choice and you must do what you feel is best for you both in regards to treating your cancer and your quality of life. Good luck!

Oct 4, 2019 · Aromatase Inhihibitors: Did you decide to go on them or not? in Breast Cancer

Any tips for time of day to take tamoxifen? Morning or night? With or without food? My goal is to mitigate potential side effects as much as possible without resorting to other medications.

Oct 3, 2019 · Aromatase Inhihibitors: Did you decide to go on them or not? in Breast Cancer

I am premenopausal….I am meeting with nutrition soon and have determined that I am willing to at least try the tamoxifen to see how it goes but the potential side effects are extremely concerning for me. I don't take any other medications currently and would prefer not to if another route is possible (hence the meeting with nutrition).

Oct 3, 2019 · Aromatase Inhihibitors: Did you decide to go on them or not? in Breast Cancer

lindalm–I am curious if there was a reason you were either not prescribed tamoxifen or did you choose not to take it? I was diagnosed with stage/grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma and have had surgery and radiation and have now been recommended to start tamoxifen but I am very concerned with the potential side effects. My recurrence rate is around 10% without tamoxifen and 5% with it. My concern is whether or not my quality of life outweighs the potential for recurrence. Thoughts?