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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Hormone therapy): I have been on Anastrozole for 1.5 years now. I have 8.5 more to go. I have experienced bone pain and joint pain but can live with it. My bloodwork was all great in the first year of this drug, but now, everything is still great except my LDL cholesterol went up 30 points! Now I am just barely on the "OK" range. I did some research and read that many women on this drug have had this happen...due to loss of estrogen which protects the heart. Nothing I can do about it at this point. I already work out and eat healthy. Hoping it will improve by me ramping up the workouts in the next months though. We will see! Also I have had weight gain of 10 pounds due to this drug. I was shocked I could gain that much, in the past it would have taken a lot for me to do it, now it was easy to add this weight and plus I eat healthy and workout! ALL side effects was how my body reacted to estrogen being blocked. But what does someone do when that is what fueled the breast cancer? Hate the weight gain, it's like taking a weight gainer powder when the last thing I want is additional weight. Oh, well.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Just started right breast radiation on Nov 6th. I should finish on Dec 5th and will update at that time. For these first 4 days, it has been painless but I have just started. The worst thing, is just going in everyday.

    ok, update I have completed my radiation of 4 weeks a little over a month ago. I am prob one of the odd balls here that actually disliked radiation more than chemo. I seemed to dread the every day routine of radiation and had a mental problem with staying still. I wanted to move and that is a big no-no. Plus, using that thick aquaphor everyday was a hassle with clothing and wearing certain clothing. It was burned and had to use aquaphor for a full 4 weeks afterwards, not just two weeks that the doctor said would be it. I am now healed and it's all OK, but for me personally, the chemo was easier than I thought it would be and the radiation was harder. I never thought I would be saying that.

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