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Dec 19, 2014 02:16AM
SpecialK - a month after my BMX, my MO told me I needed Arimidex. I smugly assured her that there was no estrogen in my body, since I'd gone through menopause AND a hysterectomy. She kindly pointed out that estrogen was still manufactured in the body after menopause... especially in belly fat.... as I stood there, all 205 pounds of me. I just stared at her and said I'd be back.
What I did was go on a medically-supervised liquid fast. For four months, I had nothing but four protein shakes, one soup, and one protein bar a day. Within three weeks my fibromyalgia was gone.... not because I'd lost weight, but because the diet was gluten-free.
I was never hungry, and I was fine with the regimen of limiting my foods. We were allowed to use herbs and spices to liven up the shakes and soups.
Transition meant learning to re-introduce small portions of really healthy food back into our diets. That took three months.
All in all, I lost 60 pounds and more than 65 inches. I felt healthier than I ever had in my life, and had the energy to exercise like never before. In the beginning I went off a dozen prescription meds, and never went back on them. ALL my lab work returned to normal.
But gradually, life (and Aromatase Inhibitors) got in the way. I've gained back 15 pounds, but I know I can get it off again.
DH is on a very strict Kidney Disease diet. We know how to eat sensibly. We both have tremendous discipline to eat a plant-based, no-red-meat diet.
But somehow the Chips Gnomes sneak in at night... and what can you do?
I am going to look up that book you mentioned!
p.s. If we have anything sweet at all, we serve it in tiny teacups.
9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
9/4/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
10/21/2013 Femara (letrozole)