I’ve been on my initial treatment medications for nearly a month now. So far, the Letrozole hasn’t been too bad – I haven’t noticed many side effects, other than feeling more tired than normal, and I still have a bit of pain. I’ve also been experiencing a lot of hot flashes as a result of the Lupron injection and resulting menopause, and that has significantly impacted my sleep quality. Going through menopause at age 32 is definitely no joke. I’ve been utilizing a number of supplemental therapies, including acupuncture, foot reflexology, and massage, which all seem to help to some degree. I’m also trying to carve out more space for meditation and mindfulness, to harness the power of mental healing. My pain levels seem to have decreased a bit, which may be either from the medications or from a routine of regular swimming. All in all, it hasn’t been terrible. Next week, I go back to Dr. G, my Oncologist at the Cancer Center and meet with her for my first follow up, get another round of injections, and will most likely start another medication in addition to the Letrozole.
I also want to thank everyone who has sent emails, texts, cards, care packages, and Blue Apron gift cards to us – I have been fairly slow in my responses, but please know that I have read every one of your wonderful notes (often multiple times) and it means so much to me that so many of you are thinking of us. Readjusting to a new normal with this type of cancer has definitely been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but knowing that so many of you are rooting for me, and for my little family, has buoyed me in ways that I can’t fully express. Thank you so much.
I’ve made a few changes around the website, and wanted to highlight them:
If you’re interested in receiving blog posts by email, there is a button on the right-hand side of the webpage that says “follow” that allows you to subscribe by email. In addition, I have set up a mailing list – the pop up notification that comes up on the home page – which I am hoping to use for a monthly newsletter, and other updates. If you’re interested, you can sign up for both!
I will be starting the Survivor Letters series in February. If you or someone you know is interested in submitting a letter to be published here, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. These are letters from survivors/thrivers/metavivors/lifers (however you identify yourself and whatever stage you are in), as well as family and friends, intended to be a virtual hug for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
I have been so excited at the feedback I have received about my post Breast Cancer 101: What is Breast Cancer? and I am hoping to continue posting educational and informational posts about the nuts and bolts of breast cancer. If there is a specific question you have, or something you are interested in hearing more about, please let me know. In addition, I am working on creating a list of breast cancer resources that I have found helpful, a glossary of terms, and a section with information for recent breast cancer diagnoses. I will be updating these in the top menu over the next few months as I am able.
It is my hope that this website can be as much of a resource as possible for those dealing with breast cancer – whether diagnosed themselves, or as family member, friend, or care provider of someone with breast cancer. Please feel free to pass the link on to anyone who you think might be interested. Thank you all again for your love and support. It really means the world to me.