Nov 9, 2011 03:46 PM GAnne49 wrote:
I've been following (and posting) on the Arimidex SE thread for some time - at least one familiar name on here. Anyway, I'm glad I stumbled upon this group.
I had a lumpectomy in April 2010, declined all lymph node surgery, chemo and radiation, took Arimidex for 6 months. After about 3 months I told my oncdoc I was not very happy with the meds but agreed to keep taking it. After about 5 months I told him I was quitting as soon as I had used the last of the prescription I had on hand. I took the last pill January 1st 2011 and have been off it now for about 10 months. I passed my mammo in January and my 18 month (since diagnosis) in August. I go for my 21 month checkup next week.
On my first visit to the oncdoc, he told me based on the pathology I had a 60% or better chance that I was cured with the surgery. Never the less, it's scary. Then I started to read about chemo and radiation, and that was even scarier, especially the chemo, so I agreed to the hormone therapy, partly because the doc said I'd get more benefit from that than the chemo and partly because it seemed the lesser of the three evils.
I too live on my own, cut my grass and blow my snow (a fair bit of it here) and just couldn't see how I was going to manage between the pain, insomnia, dry eyes and short temper. I decided it wasn't worth it to try to prevent something that might never happen, and might happen anyway even if I took/did everything they offered.
So, after 6 months on and 10 months off, I still have some increased pain over the pre-Arimidex period, but it's tolerable. I'm taking vitamins C, E, and lots of D and Aspirin. I'm also trying to distance myself from stress that I can't control - mostly other people I care about but who are screwing up their lives (in my humble opinion anyway). Overall I feel pretty good, and pretty good about my decisions, but it's still a bit scary. So far so good.
Diagnosis: 2/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-