Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hell, no, we won't go!

That's what my ovaries are saying, apparently.

"We don't want to shut down! We like making eggs! We want you to continue to have periods! We ain't gonna stop!"

This is the thing. My breast cancer, like most, was "fed" by estrogen. What I need right now to prevent future cancers is LESS estrogen in my body. One way to do that is to stop my ovaries from working, hence the Triptorelin shots. Another way is to take a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) which blocks estrogen receptors, hence the Tamoxifen. So I'm doing all this stuff, and still my ovaries won't stop.

Yet.

I just had an interesting conversation with the onc NP (as my onc MD is on maternity leave). She said that she asked some colleagues about my case, and that it is "very unusual" to still have periods after 2 shots of Triptorelin, but they are "pretty certain" that I won't have another period.

Great. Now I'm special? Unusual? I have special, super-duper ovaries that won't shut down? Terrific.

Someday I will look back on this and laugh.

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