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Nov 7, 2019 07:16AM
Nov 7, 2019 07:21AM
That is great news! Hoping the same for your blood tests.
I woke up this morning and thought: In 2 weeks this dreaded wait will be over! My appointment with my MO is 2 weeks from today. I will have blood tests, mammogram and a dexa scan, since I am now on an AI with bone risk!
I went to visit my cardiologist, whom I saw for the first time last year, just to check on things, one-year post chemo. He wanted to me to check in for the first couple of years. I don't have any symptoms of heart disease, but wanted to stay on top of monitoring.
I just took an echocardiogram yesterday and it was normal (after he saw something weird on my EKG) but my cardiologist is trying to get me to do some other scan. I have asked him to justify the time and radiation associated with that other exam, since I have no symptoms of heart disease, have normal cholesterol and basically do cardio workouts with no problems. I even live in a three-story home and run up and down those stairs constantly! I feel like he is looking for something to be wrong with me. I think that the EKG that showed something wonky was not that accurate because the nurse was talking with me the entire time. I didn't want to throw her under the bus, so I didn't tell the doctor. Plus, I didn't mind having the more rigorous test (echocardiogram), since it is basically an ultrasound. I was happy that the echo was normal, and was expecting for him to just say "you are good, come back next year."
I just don't want another test that involves radiation unless it is absolutely necessary. From everything that I researched yesterday, a nuclear stress test is generally for people with symptoms (chest pain, fatigue, difficulty breathing, swelling legs or ankles...) or already diagnosed with some type of heart disease (e.g. prior heart attack, on statins for cholesterol). Are there some people in my family that have heart disease? Yes, but not in any extreme sense (meaning, nobody had heart attacks in their forties or anything). Personally, I have not even had high blood pressure, which does run rampant in my family, likely due to diet and weight issues with family members. I am a normal weight and eat healthy--pretty much my whole life. Sorry..didn't mean to vent, but I feel like the fact that he wants me to take this test is (a) challenging my self-image as a healthy person...whatever shred of that image is left after breast cancer and (b) making me worry about the radiation effects in the long term.
I am waiting for his response, via MyChart. I've not scheduled the other test. To be honest, this is really bothering me. I also have my MO visit/testing in two weeks. That is enough stress! I don't want my pride in my identity of being a healthy person to get in the way of me taking a test that I need. At the same time, I feel that some doctors don't think about the cumulative effect of radiation-based tests. I am challenging him (which I am sure that he doesn't like), but I feel strongly about avoiding radiation. I had wretched chemo but at least avoided radiation with my breast cancer treatment. So, that helps with my risk of heart-related issues with treatment, too!
Okay, venting is over!
12/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/6/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement
3/22/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel)
9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
10/13/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
5/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
10/16/2018 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
5/9/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
7/23/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
9/6/2019 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo