Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Radiation, Tamoxifen, Zometa...oh my!

I went to Dr. Cavalcant's office on Monday for my monthly exam. He said my blood work looked great and all seems to be going well. (WHEW!). There is a small lump around the center of my scar and he believes it is just scar tissue (very good!). Dr. Cav thinks that 2010 is going to be a much better year for us...can I get a WOOT!? I then went into the chemo room to get my bag of Zometa (the bone builder). I don't know what it is about that room, but I STILL get nauseous when I go in there. My heart starts pounding and a small panic attack ensues. Anyway, I have noticed that the chemo room is much more crowded now than it was before. This makes me so sad that so many people are having to go through with this. After my 20 minute bag of Zometa I was happily on my way until next month.

This morning, I woke up and my hip was aching terribly. I actually needed to take some Tylenol for the pain. It has ached all day now and I am frankly quite tired of it. I am positive the pain is from the Zometa.

I am so horrible at remembering to take pills that I was concerned about the Tamoxifen. I can tell you that I haven't forgotten any of those "lifesaving" pills. I am quite proud of myself. The Tamoxifen hasn't been too bad actually. I half expected to be thrown into menopause, but all has been well. I haven't even had hot flashes (yay!)

Radiation is starting to get on my nerves. I am tired of getting up early everyday to go in. I realize it is a necessary item, but it is also a daily reminder of cancer. I have been feeling so good that I can't believe I still have cancer...even if it is in remission. Which means that I will always have cancer, it just isn't growing right now :)


  1. Holy Cow! You have Dr. Cavalcant too!! What a small world!! I am glad to see that everything went well at your appointment! I have an appointment with him on Monday and I just got my port put in this past Tuesday and that will help with my next chemo on Monday.. You will have to tell me where you live down there in the valley so we can hang out sometime.. breast cancer style!!! he!he!
    Glad you are doing well... the radiation will be over soon enough, stay with it!

  2. WOOT!! I'm so glad your doing better. You are such a strong woman. Love and miss you lots Sandi