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    Hi, Angela! Happy and healthy 2018! How're you doing? All through with treatment, I know. Let this new year bring you everything you wish for. Hugs, Carol

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      Hi, Angela! Please don't ever be concerned about your not responding sooner to my comments. I work only part-time, and I spend a lot of time here on my iPhone, so I often reply immediately to your comments (and a few other friends' comments on my wall). Unfortunately, WN comments are going into my spam and I have to remember to look for them there, so sometimes I'm tardy.

      Again, I'm sorry your having pain with Arimidex. As I told you, I had no pain when on Femara. Maybe Arimidex has better results and is being prescribed more often than Femara. Or maybe I was just lucky.

      I never worked out, but when I was in my 50s I was more active physically than now, though I still do a lot when I'm out and about. When I'm home, however, I'm pretty sedentary (when not cleaning, etc.). And as you said, you (and so many others) feel much better when you work out.

      I'm glad your Herceptin regimen is coming to an end. I forgot it's given through a blood infusion. I didn't get Herceptin (as I think I mentioned, it wasn't being given to non-metastatic patients back in the old days). Yes, they FEEL like "the old days," though my fear of a recurrence have survived along with the rest of me, unfortunately. Every lingering pain....

      I hope you aren't such a worrier, Angela. And I thank you for your friendship here and for keeping me up on your progress.

      Hugs!
      Carol

      2 months ago
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      Hope you are doing well, Carol! I am adjusting to the anastrozole which is the generic of the arimidex. Maybe I am just used to waking up with more pain now, LOL. seriously, one can get used to it, even though you feel it, it's the new normal. I am still able to function and work out, just feel it a lot more. I hate to ask the onc to transfer me to another estrogen blocker because what if my side effects get worse or new ones added? Of course, I may feel better too. But a gamble I am not ready to make yet. I did add back the 6 lbs I had gained during chemo (and then lost LOL). Seems the med can do that, but I guess my 122 lbs isn't the end of the world. I just want to be healthy and live longer so that will be a compromise, so much of life is compromise and I guess with age, I am learning to be patient and accept that. :-) Not sure I could have done that with peace 10 years ago. Wishing you a wonderful day! BTW, only 4 more Herceptins left and my last one is June 20th!

      Hugs! Angela

      27 days ago
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      Hi, Angela! Good to hear from you. It sounds like a good decision to stick with Anastrozole, but I'm sorry, of course, that you have pain.

      As I mentioned, I was on Femara and didn't have much pain, and I didn't gain any weight over the ten or so pounds I'd gained during my chemo and then Tamoxifen. I've since lost that ten pounds (without trying, which always worries me; then again, I'm always worried!). It's a loss over this past year and I'm no longer losing weight, and I have been eating less, so....).

      I'm gearing up for my mammo and breast sonogram in early June. And then I have to wait to get the results. Oh well.

      Yes, much of life is compromise. I, too, have accepted that. Glad we're here!

      Hugs and enjoy!

      Carol

      26 days ago
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    Hi, Angela! So, how're you doing with your radiation? I hope your skin is okay.

    I don't celebrate Thanksgiving (except to being happy I don't have to work!). My boyfriend and I stay home and enjoy that. I hope you're Thanksgiving is great!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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      Hi Carool,

      Happy Thanksgiving! It's going OK, so far my skin seems to be what they expected...somewhat pink/light red and can be somewhat itchy, but not super bad. I am using aquaphor and aloe vera gel, a total of 6 times a day...seems like a grease pit in that area...LOL.
      But it does help it feel better. I can't wait to be done!!! 7 more times left.

      I hope you have a great day with your boyfriend! It sounds like a nice relaxing day for you and that is like the best kind of
      day there is!!!

      Hugs!
      Angela

      5 months ago
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      Great! Almost over! And your skin is doing well (mine did, too).

      And you're so right about relaxing days being the best! I aim for every day being that way, though I know that won't and can't happen in life.

      Have a great weekend!

      Hugs,
      Carol

      5 months ago
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      Hi Carool,

      Well, my skin is finally starting to 'turn' now. I have quite a few small blisters and it's getting itchy. I saw my radiologist oncologist today and she said so far it looked like she would expect. The rash or blisters area is on the flat part of my chest (the top part above curvy breast tissue). She said that skin is thinner and it's normal. So using aquaphor and now hydrocortisone cream more. My last day is tues the 5th, but starting tomorrow I get the 'boost' to that area of my breast that is the rash area....ugh! Only 5 more days of radiation though! I am SOOOO on countdown! My daily 'pleasure' is when I leave the cancer center, get into my car, take off the white bracelet that identifies me there as registered and throw it to the ground of the passenger side of car, when I get home of course I throw it away. Just that motion of me doing that every morning makes me feel better and I have a little laugh...I guess it's the little things now! :-)

      Hugs! Angela

      5 months ago
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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.