A lot of simply normal things have been going on – a cold bug that lasted far too long. Going to work and getting lots of things done on my house.
I never really thought about taking Tamoxifen when the specialists recommended it. I didn’t mind taking it at all as for me the side effects were so much better than Femara (terrible joint pain). So who knew that years later, I would have issues due to Tamoxifen causing endometrial thickening.
My GP recommended I have a pelvic ultrasound. That was okay except for needing to drink one litre of water in half an hour (while at a work meeting) and not being able to go to the toilet until around an hour later. Fortunately, it is clear. There are no polyps and my ovaries look fine. However, my GP has referred me to a gynaecologist for follow up including a probable D and C procedure. Interestingly, this all doesn’t bother me too much.
On the pre-diabetes front (which apparently is non-breast cancer related), my GP has prescribed a diabetes medication. I will have a blood test next week to check my blood sugar levels (and use this as a baseline) and then start taking the medication. Interestingly, this does not faze me too much either. As we know, there are worse things in life. However, I am aiming to lose another six to eight kilos in the next six months and improve my mainly vegetarian diet with more veges, more protein and less sugar.
I saw on Dr Oz a segment on coconut palm sugar. It has zero insulin spikes and tastes and looks exactly like cane sugar (except a caramel colour). So I will endeavour to utilise this if I eat anything sweet.
I have noticed that out in life, I more and more forget about breast cancer. It is so reassuring to know that things never stay the same. I had breast cancer but it is part of my past.
Side effects from the breast cancer though are still part of my ‘now’. I still have fatigue, headaches and lots of medical appointments. But fortunately, the side effects are nowhere in the same league as a year ago.
It’s great that I am working three full days a week. I am enjoying working and being out in the world. It took me around three months to get back my pace at work. I wouldn’t want to try doing four days a week yet but hopefully, by the end of the year.
Working part time does have impacts financially but I simply need to wear the financial cost as I don’t want to wear myself out instead.
What is helping me in recovering from breast cancer:
- Weekly acupuncture
- Great friends and family
- Lots of rest when I need it
- Daily exercise, walking on the beach, cycling and bits of yoga and chi gong
- A great team of medical specialists
- Seeking more nutritional advice
- Things to look forward to – hopefully a trip at the end of the year