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settling in

photo wallI think the Tamoxifen is settling in and bringing some friends with it.  I hit the fatigue wall in a big way a couple of days ago and, after a fun day yesterday assisting with the set up of a photo exhibition, today I am, shall we say, knackered.

The solution of course is sleep. Hmmm. The image below is of one of my nocturnal activities last night. Might as well get yourself a drink of water while you’re up.

I also felt the need today to warn Himself not to be too alarmed if I suddenly began shedding tears over apparently nothing. He seemed to take that prospect in his stride.

Next Tuesday I see the oncologist to check how the Tamoxifen is going. It appears to be settling in very well.

Painted in Waterlogue

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decisions, decisions

This morning I saw my surgeon for the first time since the end of March. He wins the prize for my favourite specialist thus far. He’s a listener, empathetic and easy to chat with.

All’s looking good on the wound front.  While I had him as a captive audience, I asked questions about the aromatase inhibitor regime I may start in August.  I’m particularly concerned about the bone density impacts of these drugs.  He accessed my last bone density scan and confirmed that given already established loss, in his view, I would need to consider bone strengthening drugs to counteract the effects of the AI drug.

Sigh. There are so many unanswered questions. We’re talking about drugs to address what other drugs damage. Drugs that also have their own negative impacts. Drugs that may/are likely to/will affect quality of life factors for years.

There is much to mull over.

hormonal therapies - Cancer Australia

excerpt from Cancer Australia’s Guide for Women with Early Breast Cancer