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Nov 1, 2017 09:19AM
Nov 1, 2017 09:20AM
Hi Raque. I was dx one mos. after my 35th bday. I had a total hysterectomy and now take Arimidex. I had a clean PET scan about 6 months later. The pros - as far as I know, I am cancer free. The cons - I can't have sex at all. Not at all. My new gyn rx Osphena for severe vaginal atrophy (no estrogen) but of course I Google it and it says "no" for BC survivors. I am waiting to hear back from my MO. I was told that the Mona Lisa procedure is the only other option outside of vaginal estrogen (MO said absolutely no estrogen in any form). The Mona Lisa doesn't get great reviews and I think I have to pay out of pocket.
At the time I was going through treatment, I didn't care, I had 3 toddlers I wanted the cancer GONE. The SEs of cancer treatment are pretty much well known, but until you experience every single one of them in your 30's, it's hard to really appreciate how much your life changes.
When my Gyn said I also need to be seeing a GI doctor and dermatologist every 6 months (thanks BRCA2), I cried. I'm just flooded with constant check-ups and scans and dental visits and prescriptions. Managing the side effects of cancer is a part-time job in and of itself.
That said, I didn't get through treatment to throw in the towel now!
Hugs to you and all you other beautiful ladies on this board!
35 @ dx. BRCA2. Disciple, wife, mother of twins (4) & son (3), attorney. e3 trial (complete). Blue/MammaPrint, High-risk Luminal B. Prolia (start 6/16).
7/22/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/28/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/28/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
4/12/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
4/19/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
8/1/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
AC + T (Taxol)