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Dec 1, 2017 04:33AM
Thanks for starting this thread!
I think my husband bought that cookbook...I'll have to track it down since I'm not sure where it ended up.
I was diagnosed in April of this year and immediately decided to drastically change my own diet...on my own. Cancer is a huge motivator! I have lost about 30 pounds since April mostly with just dietary changing, cutting out refined sugars, most meats, drinking more water, trying to focus on fruits and veggies. I have to say the last few months I've fallen into a few older habits with the sugar so I need to get back on track, harder this time of year with parties and such though. I also think I need to do more exercising again but hoping to get there. We leave for a Walt Disney World vacation next week, so that means a lot of walking and moving for a few days.
This year I've had 3 surgeries (port insertion and removal, lumpectomy), chemotherapy, radiation and I have been prescribed tamoxifen which I plan to start taking AFTER I get back from vacation. My oncologist said I could wait a while to take it until done a bit healing from radiation but also I just don't want to risk any side effects while out of town. During this year I also lost my mom to cancer in February (she had breast cancer in 2006, then lung cancer (and FYI not a smoker or exposed to it) in 2012) and my mother-in-law to kidney cancer in July. I've attended 6 funerals since February, 4 of them being family members. I'm seriously ready to say goodbye to 2017 as you can imagine.
Definitely nice having a place here to come and chat with those who truly understand what I'm going though. You talk to people about it, but until they have been through it they truly don't know.
4/10/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Right
6/27/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
10/8/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
1/2/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)