|Finished 3 out of 4 of the mean nasty ones!|
OK -- it's time we address this whole Breast Cancer issue--- WHAT IS GOING ON IF 1 out of 8 women have breast cancer? WHERE IS THIS COMING FROM?
I know that the warnings have been out there for years about hormone replacement therapies and the risks involved.
I took hormonoes for 28 years.At 29 I had a metroplasty (basically had my uterus rebuilt) - to be able to carry children full-term and delivered by two C-sections. I had a mass on the one ovary, had to have a hysterectomy at 35 and by 37 the ovary I had left was to cover my needs but it didn't. Hormones improved my quality of life.
As a young mother of a 5 yr. old and a 7 yr. old -- sleep was vital and something to keep me feeling
like a whole person was necessary. It kept my from going psycho on my family and we were all happier campers. My doctors assured me that the dosage was safe -- and even in my later years the small dosage with no history of breast cancer it was believed that I would be in the clear.
Early on in medical school Marshall begged me to get off them -- but I insisted my doctors said I was fine.
I take full responsibility -- I needed my energy and sense of well-being that having adequate estrogen provided.
I always kept up my mammograms. YEARLY since I was about 40. Even in the past 10 years -- there were suspicious ones that the Breast Center would call me back for a diagnostic evaluation and I always came out clear. Whenver something felt out of the ordinary -- I would check with my doctor.
My present situation began to become evident in late June -- Aug. 1 it was still sensitive and I saw my Gynecologist -- who reccomened me for a diagnostic mammogram. They felt it was just dense tissue
and would see me in 6 months. I was due for a yearly in 3 months I reminded them-- so they decided it wouldn't hurt to move it up. That test showed something suspicious and called for a needle biopsy which revealed the cancer and I got the results while I was a school.
My breast surgeon -- called mine "sneaky" -- said I'd had it for a long time. That my tissue was dense and it was hard to see. Estrogen makes your breast tissue denser. When I asked her if I caused this her answer "maybe". (soft way to keep me off the guilt wagon)
Bethany looked at me squarely and said,
"Doesn't matter mom -- IT IS WHAT IT IS -- we are going to conquer this."
It's about doing your research - learning all you can - self advocate.
Girls -- do your monthly self-exams.
Watch the chemicals you are taking in foods AND be careful of supplements and OTC even herbals that are not always regulated and clearly checked. I applaud you young moms who are watching the perservatives in foods and going organic. SOMETHING in our world is making us sicker.
Get re-checks and second opinions. Find a physician you can relate to.
When we asked our oncologist today about a new drug that Pfizer came out with on Tuesday he still called mine in the early stages (I thought Stage 3 wasn't so early) But it was GOOD to hear. He said the new drug is for those that have matastisized and nothing else will work. He said I didn't fit that category.
I'm done with treatment #3 -- one more of the nasty ones that kill good and bad cells to get at the cancer. They tell me the last 12 aren't so bad on your body -- just make you tired and achy.
I have to tell you when I hear the news of someone else with the C word -- my heart melts.
Thankful for Healing!