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Jan 15, 2022 09:21PM
i am an orthopedist’s worst nightmare or best advertisement for a bionic woman. I am also a gyno’s best patient because during my four years on Tamoxifen, I had multiple D&Cs due to polyps. I also had cervical thickening. I lost track of the number of D&Cs that I had. Completing four more years of Letrozole, my oncologist did the BCI genetic test on me and said, you are done! Amen.
during those 8 years, Including being treated the first three with Zometa, I broke my foot and had numerous limb procedures. Wrapping up my eighth year of treatment, I had my right hip replaced three months after having a benign 5 cm myxoma tumor removed from my left thigh
after completing treatment, my misery continues…Had two hand surgeries and then broke my wrist a week after getting out of my hand brace for my second hand surgery!
presently, I am working on my teeth. Had two implants and am counting the months until my dental issues are resolved….then….I will try to figure out when to squeeze in a left hip replacement.
this month, twelve years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, I celebrate my 65th birthday! I began being covered by Medicare on January 1st. Hooray!
bottom line….don’t despair! As Sarah Vowell would say…It could be worse….
lastly, my team was compassionate, intelligent and wise. That made all the difference in the world. I trusted them. Let them make the decisions for me. I realized early on, no matter how much I read and educated myself about all of my issues, I would never have the EXPERIENCE that they all had. And, that made all the difference in the world. For me, the hardest decision I made was to let go of the decision making and then let them decide what was best for me. So far, so good….looking back, I would not have done anything differently.
for sure, you need to be your own best advocate…but you also need to know when to trust your gut and put yourself in the hands of physicians whose judgment you trust.
i wish you all the best.
Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)