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Forum: Share Your Experiences Of Life After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis —

Share your experiences of life after a breast cancer diagnosis and offer advice on how you cope with life's daily challenges, including how you develop a new daily/weekly routine while you deal with breast cancer.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019 08:18PM

CidneyI wrote:

First, I have to say, I got to ring the 5 year bell with my breast cancer doctor this past May 2019. I'm done with the meds and I have no idea what to do now.

I was on anti-estrogen meds and I am now going through menopause naturally. I have ALL the typical menopause issues and some of it is pretty bothersome, especially not being able to sleep, the mood shift just before I go up in flames with a hot flash, etc... I know I am not allowed to do anything to increase my estrogen levels to help with meno problems, so what do I do? Is this my NEW normal? I really hate the mood shift I think most of all, I feel crazy at times, some times extreme anger, other times, I couldn't care less about myself. I hate the way I feel.


Dx 9/11/2014, DCIS, 2cm, Stage IIA, 0/5 nodes, PR- Surgery 9/12/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 9/19/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/25/2014 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/24/2014
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Nov 14, 2019 09:18PM AliceBastable wrote:

I've heard that sipping ice water helps your inner thermostat.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 14, 2019 09:21PM edj3 wrote:

I went through menopause before the BC and for me, the insomnia was hands down the worst. Others on this board have shared that magnesium glycinate helps with that if you take it at night. So even though I'm done w/ menopause, I've started taking that. It can't hurt, and might help with better sleep (which I would think might also help with the moods--sleep deprivation is a real thing).

Dx 4/9/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Surgery 5/6/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/3/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 14, 2019 09:33PM mightlybird01 wrote:

This is very annectodal, but I have been in peri-menopause before BC and also had trouble sleeping. I sleep so much better now where I eat 2-3 Brazil nuts a day. Maybe you are selenium deficient.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325000.php#excessive-consumption


Dx 4/12/2019, IDC/IDC: Medullary, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 5/21/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/8/2019 Mastectomy: Right
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Nov 14, 2019 09:38PM thisiknow wrote:

Alice... funny you should mention sipping ice water today when I was just reading up on how much water I should drink every day. Something there suggested to me that if we're dehydrated we could be prone to more hot flashes. So I'm doing a short experiment and keeping well-hydrated for a few days to see what happens. These hot flashes are just suffocating and I'm sure glad they're pretty short-lived

Age 72 @dx - Oncotype 4 Dx 8/2019, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Radiation Therapy 10/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Nov 14, 2019 09:50PM CidneyI wrote:

I do agree drinking cold or ice water does help some with hot flashes, I keep water at hand all times, even at night on my nighstand. I hate how the hot flashes wake me up at night, a lot of times its every hour. I take a sleep aide sometimes and that will allow me to sleep for about 3 hours and after that, I am awake every hour on the hour with very little sleep time. That is one main issue I have.

The other that is pretty bothersome Is the mood shift I just before the flash. I have been on anit-depressants, hate the way I DONT feel any emotions when taking that stuff.

OH -my husband is going to have to suffer a little with me this winter, no way in hell I am going to let him turn the heater on when its cold! haha.

Dx 9/11/2014, DCIS, 2cm, Stage IIA, 0/5 nodes, PR- Surgery 9/12/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 9/19/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/25/2014 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/24/2014
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Nov 14, 2019 10:00PM Moderators wrote:

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Nov 16, 2019 05:28PM VL22 wrote:

The chemo put me in menopause and it’s horrible. I am up every two hours at night - this has been happening for almost 2 years. I’ve tried many things, but nothing works. I had a cold last winter and took NyQuil- sweet relief! Slept through the night. Then I tried zquil- nope.

The worst for me is right before my hot flashes during the day I get nauseous.

My other great menopause SE is extremely dry skin.

Dx 5/5/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 6/23/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/10/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 16, 2019 06:31PM SimoneRC wrote:

I know some doctors recommend Effexor for hot flashes. I filled the Rx just in case but never took it so I do not have first hand experience aside from the medical recommendation. I hope you find some helpful tools!


ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features. Pre Pectoral Reconstruction. Hysterectomy Surgery 4/6/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 5/5/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/29/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/29/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/5/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting

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