It’s been a while since I’ve written, which I guess is a good thing. I’m talking into my phone while I’m walking on the treadmill, so I apologize in advance if this post is a bit random. 🙂
Here’s what’s been going on:
• I’m still fighting and struggling to take an aromatase inhibitor or hormone blocking pill. It appears that Tamoxifen gives me the same exact side effects as the other three pills I previously tried and gave up on. I was successful in taking tamoxifen and an antidepressant every other day with very few side effects. It’s a very low dose, but the doctor and I decided it is better than nothing. Last week I tried to up the dosage to every single day, but on day 5 got severe bone pain again and stopped immediately. So now I am weaning myself off the antidepressant, and I’m going to try the tamoxifen every other day again without it. If severe depression comes on, then I will start the antidepressant again. However, I want to see if I can tolerate it without the extra drug. I will keep you posted.
• The neuropathy in my feet is 99.99999% gone. I am so thankful. Seriously, I cannot say enough great things about the Protalus insoles. The 90-day money-back guarantee makes it a no-brainer thing to try. Here’s a post with more info if you are interested for yourself or someone you know. If you have tried them for neuropathy, I would love to know if they worked for you.
• I’ve been going to the chiropractor and continuing with yoga and stretching for the severe back pain I was having. Wii Fit was moving a little bit slow between exercises for me, so I downloaded a tabata timer app on my phone, and can move through the stretches and yoga at a much better pace. This is the longest I’ve gone without severe pain in my back in a very long time. I have even started to run slowly on my treadmill, and that has not hurt at all. I haven’t been able to run without pain in years. It still feels odd to run because my implant stays perfectly still, while my other breast does not. I guess I will get used to that. I’m slowly starting to add more strengthening exercises, but I’m going very slowly to make sure I do not injure myself.
As I get farther and farther away from active treatment, I hear from friends and family more often than I would like to, of new cancer diagnosis’s and it makes me so sad. I am humbled by the opportunity to pray for others who have joined this horrible cancer club, and for those who are on the post active treatment journey, that seems never-ending.