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Jun 8, 2013 03:31PM
I took birth control pills for over 30 years. When I hit menopause, I took HRT... at first, Estrogen and Progesterone, then after my hysterectomy, just Estrogen. Without it, my quality of life was horrific - constant hot flashes, drenching night sweats, and loss of short-term memory. I took it for 10 years.
Two years after I stopped HRT completely, I was dx'd with BC at the age of 60.
Did I cause myself to get BC? The short answer is no. There have been SO many studies with varying outcomes as to whether or not hormones cause cancer.
My mom had BC; dx'd at the same age as I was. I don't remember if she ever took any hormones. Basically, she was female, and she was getting older.
I did worry about heart disease, though... it's rampant in my family. There was some evidence at the time that estrogen alone did protect the body from coronary artery disease, which may be true, as my heart is completely healthy!
I guess in my book, I believe I got cancer because $#!T Happens.
9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
9/4/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
10/21/2013 Femara (letrozole)