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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Hormone therapy): I am on anastrozole for estrogen + BC. I anticipate I will be on this for 5 - 10 years. Since estrogen fuels my cancer type (kind of like putting the foot on the accelerator of a car), hormone therapy blocks estrogen and helps take the foot off the gas and minimizes the chances that if any cancer is left it will start growing again. Nothing is 100%, but hormone therapy has shown how effective it is and saves lives. Initially I think I had more aches and pains in my joints with hormone therapy, but I have been taking it for 4-months now and overall don’t feel allot of adverse events. I must say, I am back to walking and working out and I think getting up and out and active makes a big difference on my aches and pains. When you sit around you get stiff. If you can get up and moving at any time during your treatment or after you will be better off!! Even if it’s to get your own glass of water from the kitchen, DO IT!!

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): It’s surreal when you finish active treatment. I had to reframe my perspective that I was no longer a patient and I have permission to begin thinking about myself as a wife, mother, grandma, entrepreneur and business owner. It took me awhile. I began therapy after I stopped treatment to help process not only my BC journey, but also the recent loss of both my parents in the last 3-years. My therapist is a breast cancer survivor and she was key. I was exhausted from work and BC treatment. She reminded me that I had just been through a great battle and I needed to take care of myself. I finally listened and took some time off to just recharge and relax a bit. She was right. Once I gave myself the permission it became much easier to relax and not stress about what I should be doing. I am now 4-months out from my last radiation treatment and I have to say, my energy has returned and I don’t think of myself as a “patient” anymore. I am a survivor. I don’t even define myself as a “survivor” really. Many people embrace that term. And I will eventually I guess. More than anything - I am ME again. I don’t need special treatment, my husband to “fawn” all over me and do everything, my sister to come visit for treatments or my kids to call everyday to check on me. I am Linda - wife, mother, grandma, entrepreneur and business owner and I am finally BACK. What a journey. It was a battle and very challenging. But I am fortunate that I am a woman of faith and it wasn’t my battle to fight. I was never alone as Jesus walked beside me and more than anything, throughout this journey He provided me the peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:5-6). I am blessed and loved and I am ME again!!

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      beachbum5817

      Congratulations to you. Being done treatment is a great feeling. You were smart to give yourself time to recoup and regroup. Now you can enjoy your full life. Take care.

      about 1 month ago
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    LiveWithCancer wrote on Lmorales's wall

    I really liked your response to jellopudding. I so agree that faith makes this journey doable! I can't imagine going through this (or life) without the faith that Jesus Christ saved us and that God knows what He's doing, even if we don't.

    Merry Christmas and congrats on finishing your treatments!

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