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Oct 12, 2012 06:12PM
I really feel for younger women who are thrown into surgical menopause! I remember all the side effects that would have driven me bonkers had I not been expecting them!
At least when I started perimenopause (in some women, a ten-year process ) I was older (46) and had many friends going through exactly the same thing.
The following year, I had a laparascopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) due to huuuuge fibroids and excruciating pain. They said I could keep my ovaries, but my answer was that if I had them removed, that would just be one less cancer I might get.
Ironically, I had been dx'd at the age of 24 with cervical cancer in situ, which was removed with a D&C.
At the age of 60, I was dx'd with BC, and had a BMX.
(I never had the BRCA test, but Mom had BC, too.)
I sure don't regret any of the choices I've made.
9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/22/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
09/05/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
08/22/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast
12/05/2011 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side
; Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Tissue expander placement