I guess this once wonderful site for women or men in need of advice or just to vent and exchange experiences with their breast cancer is a thing of the past. It saddens me that so many people left this site who used it as a support group. I am sorry that web md did not feel it important enough to keep a regular moderator on it and engage people in important or just plain fun discussion. I don't see it changing, the spam disappears for a short time then comes back which keeps good people in need of help from posting. I sadly barely check in here myself anymore. To Rachel and all the others who still check in on occasion that I have had the pleasure of getting to know, I wish you all well and send many blessing your way. JennaView Thread
Hi Rachael, I will continue to pop in from time to time to see if I can help in any way possible, but I am so disheartened that this medical website puts no effort into keeping this site clean and monitored. How much was saved but getting rid of moderators? Seriously??! We had a lot of laughs and great discussions here. I hope we have helped comfort others and also given some useful advice. I know I have received good advice and great ideas from former members. Blessings to you as well and who knows, maybe things will someday improve here. Being optimistic is partly what got me thru this disease!!! Jenna xoView Thread
HI Tina, I too was put into medically induced menopause thru chemo, then was on tamoxifen and the last few years arimidex. I haven't found anything that has really helped, just time. The further I move past the menopause the easier the symptoms. The hot flashes are less frequent as the time goes by. As for the vaginal dryness, over the counter products help, but unfortunately that is a side affect of arimidex. Hopefully someone has some helpful suggestions. best to you ~ JennaView Thread
It is tough to have a cancer diagnosis. Going thru chemo, it was hard to feel attractive and looking in the mirror I felt like I was looking at a stranger. I had a lumpectomy 6 years ago and even with that some clothes don't hang right anymore. I try and pick things that look good and do things that make me happy. I hope you can focus on positive things in your life. Believe me, sometimes I get angry or depressed because of all I have been thru, but mostly I am grateful that I am here, healthy, and have made some wonderful new friends along the way. Good luck to you and I hope with time you will think about the cancer less and less and enjoy a happy, fulfilled life! many blessings, JennaView Thread
Luke, I hope you are having a better week than last week. Its normal to have all kinds of feeling racing around, look at what you are going thru! Know we are here and sending you lots of love and hugs - I do hope you can find a support group in your area. I find it to be invaluable for me as no one can understand us like those who have been thru and are going thru the myriad of issues we have!
The leg cramping and discomfort do seem to lessen with time. I have issues on occasion but much less than in the first 2 years. I am going on my 4th year as well on this pill. Staying hydrated does seem to make a big difference.
Since every person's diagnosis and symptoms are different, I would discuss this as soon as possible with your doctor. I was told that taking the Arimidex decreases the odds of recurrence, but that was for my particular situation. I was Stage II invasive ductal carcinoma, no nodes involved and had a lumpectomy. Total years on meds will be 10 - 2 and 1/2 on tamoxifen the balance on the arimidex. It does cause bone pain and headaches, but has lessened with time. Check with your docs and best of luck to you - JennaView Thread