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Feb 18, 2019 06:55PM
Feb 18, 2019 06:58PM
Arimidex is the recommendation of my Stanford-based oncologist, who showed me stats on how it could reduce my risk of recurrence from 4% or so to 1%.
I could say, feeling lucky enough with the 4 but would I want to go through this again, knowing that I didn't do everything possible to avoid it? During treatment I met a woman my age who was there for recurrence. That scared me. It had been kind of theoretical before meeting her.
The first two weeks on the drug, even at my little quarter and half pill doses, were very hard. But I am in a pretty good place now after three weeks. Even if the SEs don't improve at all I am willing to do this for five years. And they assure me that things lift throughout the first three or four months.
Am currently not on any meds for my bones, but I sure did get religion for daily exercise when the first bad density test came back two years ago - midrange osteopenia, not the full osteoporosis. So two years ago I started walking a half hour a day. I get tons of milk and yogurt and take a Vitamin D3 supplement.
My more recent density test, before starting the AI, showed stability in my spine and hip, but deterioration in my femoral neck. So now I'm doing exercise twice a day, the new ones are weight training for the femoral neck and a few 'girl' pushups to strengthen my shoulders. The doctor said the AI might take a few percentage points off my next bone density but hopefully this level of exercise will help me push back on that a little.
The meds for osteoporosis are improving over time. If I need them, I'm willing. Feels like I lost several months of my life to this cancer and I'm doing what I can to keep it from happening again. The whole package - eating better, almost no wine, exercise, AI, followup mammograms.
Good luck with your decision, and keep us posted!
Sometimes I feel brave, and sometimes I get tired of feeling brave. I keep going for my children. Age 67 at diagnosis
9/5/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
9/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
11/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
1/26/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)