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recurrence after mastectomy
I was diagnosed with a stage 2 hormone receptor positive tumor in Feburary 2020. I had a right side mastectomy and was supposed to take tamoxifen to prevent cancer in the other breast. I started taking it but stopped because I was afraid of the side effects and that I would have to switch from Fluoxetine to another antidepressant and Fluoxetine basically saved me and I've been on it for over 10 years. I though I had a greater change of dying from depression than cancer. I noticed a lump on the side that had the mastectomy and found out I have cancer in the tumor and lymph node under my arm pit. I feel like I did something wrong to have this happen again. I thought the mastectomy was the end all of cancer on my right side. I kept the nipple and wonder if this is the cause as well. I feel so guilty about not taking the tamoxifem, not following up with the oncologist it is eating me up. I feel like such an idiot and screw up. I see my oncologist on Thursday and don't know yet if this is the same cancer. This guilt is eating me up inside. I keep going through the "what if I did.." over and over again. I don't know how to move past this.
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