Saturday, May 19, 2012

Update Available!!

I realize it has almost been a year since this nightmare began. And it feels like it has been one very long year!  I have learned more about breast cancer than I ever thought I would.  I feel comfortable talking about it now, I guess it's like my new best friend!! 
People ask me if I am now "cancer free" or in "remission".  I don't really know the answer to those type of questions.  From what I understand as soon as all treatments are done I will be considered NED (no evidence of disease).  Then it becomes a watch and monitor situation.  Oh and pray too!
I have now grown about an inch of hair.  Feels like it is taking a really long time to grow back.  I haven't gone out without a hat or wig and am not sure when I will. 
I have been taking Tamoxifen for more than a month now.  Tamoxifen is a hormone blocker to stop estrogen from feeding any lingering or developing cancer cells.  It basically puts a person into menopause.  So, with it come lots of side effects.  I seem to be adjusting somewhat.   Lots of hot flashes, insomnia, achy muscles and joints and some moodiness.  Nothing too any great extreme so far!!
The big 50 is just around the corner!  Another thing that is so hard to believe!  We are going to Cancun with some great friends for a week!  I am not too comfortable imagining myself in s bikini with 2 inch hair,  in fact it is pretty frightening!!  But it is what it is and I will be just fine!  
So, that is update for now.  I see there is light in the tunnel ahead!
Amazingly I want to thank my friends and family for never ending love and support!  It means the world to me!
Sara ♥♥♥

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