|Me & My Coffee - Bromont, Quebec, Winter 2011|
Four days after I had the operation I was back at home. The anesthetic really took a toll on me. I was also covered in bruises from blood work, IV, blood thinner shots that I received every eight hours, etc…Although I was sore and moving much slower than usual, I did know that with each day things would get better and I would get stronger. So, it’s not forever but just for now. The recovery period was several weeks and I was doing my best to try to slow down and enjoy this time at home.
So, the next step was that I would visit with my oncologist on the 17th of October to find out what would happen next in terms of follow-up. I did know that I would be starting on a drug called Arimidex that I was going to have to take for several years. This drug blocks aromatase which is an enzyme that changes androgen into estrogen. Therefore, this further reduces the amount of estrogen in the body and is a preventative measure for cancer cell growth. Are you still with me?
Needless to say the Arimidex has a whole set of side effects of its own that I may or may not experience. The worst of which is osteoporosis so I was going to be having bone scans on a regular basis and was also going to need to begin other vitamins to help combat this. Oh yeah around this time my hair was growing back a nice rich dark brown and it was really curly.
Man I Feel Like a Woman - Shania Twain