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Aug 14, 2018 08:14PM
I continue to think of you and hope Madame X is doing her stuff. It's a strong chemo and packs a punch.
Like Pots, the news of progression hit me harder than I thought and, in reality, I am only now getting back to normal after almost 9 months. I really expected to do well based on my history and my MO's assurances and yet, I was faced with significant progression less than 9 months after my stage 4 diagnosis. That knocked the wind out of my sails for sure.
Since then, I have spent months being overly jumpy, imagining the worst with every twinge despite the fact that scans say stable. This too has passed. More recently my head is in a better space. I now realize that progression does not mean my imminent demise and not all pain/symptoms are tied to progression. It feels good to be back on an even keel again.
All this to say, I understand a bit what you are feeling. You are in my thoughts and I sincerely hope that the next treatment beats it back.
4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+
5/11/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast
12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole)
10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole)
1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel)
3/29/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib)
10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other
10/21/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine)
11/15/2017 External: Bone
1/19/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
8/2/2018 External: Bone
11/5/2018 External: Bone