So radiation treatments are all done. Today I met (again) with Dr. D (my medical oncologist) to discuss oral medication. Because the “Dot” they removed had estrogen receptors I can take an oral medication to not “fuel” any hidden cells throughout my body. Estrogen can feed breast cancer cells (which are not limited to the breast) that have estrogen receptors. The medication is called Arimidex (Marsha I can see you jumping on your computer 😉 ) and it helps block the estrogen my body normally makes. My first questions was, “sooo does that mean I’m going to grow facial hair?”. Dr. D just laughed (I’m sure he thinks I’m crazy).
Breast cancer patients have, in the past, been treated with Tamoxifen. Arimidex has much lower sides effects which can include mood swings (uh-oh), hot flashes (seriously!) and maybe some aches and pains in the morning. Dr. D told me those are even rare. So starting tomorrow I will be taking this pill once a day for the next 5 years. I’m feeling great and have had excellent healing from the radiation treatments (thank you coconut oil!). At this point I will just need to do some follow ups with everyone in about 3 months. I still have some thoughts about this experience that I will share with you later down the road.
SOOOOOOOO thank you Jesus! It’s time to move forward with my life and I’m looking forward to seeing what God has for me around the bend.