I had my first follow up appointment with Dr. Garino (my oncologist). It was a pretty good appointment! Mostly good news and a tid bit of sort-of-kind of bad news (although not THAT bad). You’ll see!
My blood work is superb! Everything physically has gotten back to where it needs to be. We spent some time talking about fatigue. Afterall, if I’m all done with chemo and my blood work is good why am I so tired? Simple! My body is working over time to get to the point where it is okay! Rest rest and more rest. (Oh sure).
We went over the path report from my ovary removal and it shows nothing more than plain old regular looking ovarian cells. YIPPY!
I get to have the port removed. Alright!!! I HATE it! I’d rather have blood draws done from my arm anyway. Not to mention the fact that Cailin likes to hold onto my port when I hold her. That is not very comfortable for me. LOL
I have a bone density scan at the end of this week. I’ll have them annually now for the next 5 years.
Today was day 1 of 1825 days total of taking Arimidex. Arimidex is a hormone treatment given to postmenopausal women to reduce a recurrence of breast cancer by lowering the amount of estrogen produced by the body. It’s a 5 year regime.
Side effects: softening of the bone (therefore the need for the bone density scans). Increased risk of ischemic heart disease (lovely). Hotflashes (are you kidding me? Can they get any worse?), joint pain (UGH), weakness, mood changes, pain, back pain, sore throat, nausea and vomiting, rash, depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, fractures, swelling of arms/legs, insomnia, and headache. Poor Perry! :o) OK, so these are just the possible effects and of course not everyone experiences them.
OK – the “not so good news” but kind of good news in the end. And this is where the honesty of a good doctor comes into play. And this is where the embarrassment on my part comes in. “Lisa, you need to lose weight.” There – she said it. And I’ve known it for years. Only one of my dearest friends has said this to me recently. And it was more appreciated than anything I have heard in a long time. Just shows how much she really cares about the whole me!
The next question was, “do you want to do this yourself or do you need help?” Well, I’m 45, have known for many years I need to lose weight and have not yet done it. Let’s see….
So, on Friday I go in to the oncology office to start working with the nutritionist. She also recommended walking and weight training. LOL Are you picturing this? The great thought of taking a dog for a walk won’t work. They are all old and walk slower than I do!
I’ll let you all now what happens! I’m tired just thinking about it!!