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It's been a while since I've checked in, been working and living life!  I must say, with God, you can get through anything.  I pray for everyone that has to live with this new life.  May God strenghten you physically and mentally, and be beside you always.  

As for me, it's been a little over 3 years since i've been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer.  This will pretty much only pertain to someone that is taking Tamoxifen for breast cancer.  My meds have been changed almost 2 years ago because I requested a test called the CYP2D6 to see if my body can metabolize Tamoxifen.  It took a while for the lab to figure out what test it was, because they rarely test for that now, I had to give my blood twice.  My oncologist didn't want to run the test initially, but I kept bugging for it, and i'm glad I did because I found out that I was not able to metabolize Tamoxifen.  Which pretty much means i'd have been taking it for nothing. 

Now I have to get a little pill in the form of a shot in my belly that slowly dissolves every month for about 10 year. (which is the estimated time that I will go into menopause) The implanted shot is called Zoladex 3.6 mg which puts me in menopause because my cancer was ER+, and I take Arimidex 1 mg pill everyday for about 10 years.  But since i've been on Tamoxifen and Arimidex for about 3 years, I should have about 7 more to go.  Side effects are the same, bone pain, and hot flashes.  I just need to walk slow until my bones warm up, then i'm good. Lol...Other than that, all is well!  

Exercise helps alot, I do cross fit, and my bone scan showed bone growth on my back, but I still lost alittle on my hips.  

Hopefully this helps someone.  

God Bless! 

Salina :)

 

Susan J threw a punch at your cancer.
Angela sent you a prayer.
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Bitter Melon

I read that bitter melon can help fight breast, head and neck cancer.  It's tastes pretty bitter, but I don't mind it.  I grew up eating it because my Dad was diabetic and it's good for that too.  

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100223131956.htm

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131118080802.htm

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I have read that melons and cantaloupe are also very helpful with breast cancer, prevention, but if you think about it, fresh fruits and vegetables and hormone free "meats" are the best, for good health and prevention. My mom was always thinking out of the box-never liked cooking in Teflon or any of those coated pans. Made her "own " deodorant, etc. I just try to eat clean. I do have moments of weakness, but have been trying real hard.
But anyhow, keep trying new things, I just don't live near any markets. Philadelphia is about an hour away. But I'm still looking!!
Stay strong!!
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Thanks Salina.. hugs and love and prayers Sabina
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Happy, happy Birthday!! I hope you have a wonderful, sunshine day!! And I do hope you are doing well.
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Vital Info

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August 22, 2013

United States

January 30, 1971

Cancer Fighter

Cancer Info

Breast Cancer

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

July 10, 2013

Stage 1

1.1 - 2.0 cm

Grade 2

Positive

Positive

No

No

Tamoxifen

The feeling of

There is no discrimination, leave it in God's Mighty Hands!

Share your experiences to help others

Prayers and Support

St. Jude Medical Center

Eating healthy and organic. Exercise!

Stay positive and Trust God!

Lump and skin puckering on the left breast. Sharp pain at the sight once in a while.

Double Mastectomy on August 29, 2013

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