I'm wondering how many Stage IIIc survivors are out there? How long has it been for you? Will you share your story? I'm always hearing about the other stages, but not about this one in particular. Thank you.View Thread
Hello Cowgirl! I just wanted to tell you that I am another Stage IIIC survivor. It's been 20 months since my last treatment. I had a mastectomy, chemo and radiation. Nobody ever gave me so much as a hint that I might not survive. I figured it out myself by doing research online. But I'm one of those people who thinks that the cup is always half full, so if I learn that I have a 50% chance of dying in five years, I figure that means that I also have the same chance of being around and healthy in five years. So I plan to be healthy. I just turned all my problems over to God right from the beginning. They were too big for me to deal with on my own. Believe me, that worked!
Would love to hear from other Stage IIIc survivors out there.View Thread
Jenna,I had bone pain before I ever started on Anastrazole, so you might want to ask your doctor if it is really the Anastrazole that's causing it. Luckily, mine went away. I hope yours does, too. I'm still on it and will be for another 3 years.
I lost 20 lbs during my cancer treatment because I never felt like eating. I've gained back 5 lbs. I'm pretty happy with my current weight and I'm trying to maintain it.
My biggest issue is fatigue. My doctor prescribed Ritalin for that, and it does seem to be helping.
When you go see the second doctor, will you post again? I am in the decision-making process about reconstructive surgery also, and there are some things that I don't feel comfortable with, so it would be nice to have another person's opinion/views. Some of the surgical options just seem kind of frighteningly complicated. My husband is suggesting that I not put myself through it at all, but I would like to look normal again. I had a bilateral mastectomy six months ago.
I do sympathise with you for feeling that lack of enerygy. For me that's been the hardest thing. I'm near the end of my chemo treatments, and I was discussing something with my doctor which might relate to your case, too, so I'll bring it up. She told me that for five years after treatments, I'd have to be on a medication that surpresses estrogen in order to keep tumors from growing back. It turns out that the medicine I need has a couple of side effects, including fatigue and body pain. I think that the nickname for the medicine is A/I, but I don't have the name of it. It is for postmenopausal women, which I am. I had a total hysterectomy in 2004. Could this be causing your problem?
I think you're amazing for doing the Lance Armstrong ride! Twenty miles is a long way for a new cancer survivor. I applaud you and will be cheering for you on that day!