My new friend, Tamoxifen, and I are trying to peacefully coexist.
I am only scheduled to be on this for another four weeks until my Hysterectomy (9/25). I can tell you that the side effects are real. According to the National Cancer Institute not all people (men are put on this too) have side effects. I am just lucky I guess. I am doing what I can to not let them get the best of me. For the most part I feel like I am succeeding. The biggest challenges I have been feeling are the fatigue, swollen ankles, persistent nausea and a new one, bloating. I am hopeful that my body will acclimate soon to the Tamoxifen and the side effects will subside or the four weeks will breeze by and I will no longer be on it -- either one is fine.
Now that I am done with Chemo (it has been 4 weeks and 3 days since my last one) I am able to take care of a few things like visiting the Dentist and the Dermatologist. The recent trip to the Dentist illuminated the fact that I have a cracked tooth under a crown so I get to take care of that this week. The recent trip to the dermatologist led to a biopsy of two moles. Amazing what you discover when you no longer have a head of hair. It turns out that out of the two biopsied one needs to be removed while it is not skin cancer (thank g-d) but it does have the ever so slight potential that it could turn into a melanoma. So my DERM heavily suggests having it removed now and since I am waiting for my hair to grow back in there is no time like the present.
That's the update for the moment.
Wishing you a Happy Labor Day weekend.
Be sure to tune in and watch the Stars come out to support Jerry and his Kids.