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When I was diagnosed I was 45 and premenopausal. The last period I had arrived with lovely synchronicity to coincide with the day of my second treatment cycle with taxotere and herceptin during my initial treatment in September 2008. Yes I still remember – nothing like being hit with a double whammy of feeling totally crap. My cancer isnt hormone driven therefore I don’t have to take hormone suppressing medication. So it was uncertain whether or not my periods would return. I had had a discussion with a oncology consultant that was filling in for Dr H. about this time last year, where he suggested if they did not return of their own accord they could give me hormone treatment to ensure I didn’t go into menopause prematurely. My view was that at 46 I was quite happy never to have a period agian. Of course with Gertrude making a reappearance the point became mute. But it has always been in the back of my mind that I would not know whether I would have more periods or when they would resume. So guess what arrives two days before my holiday to a tropical island where I want to go snorkelling etc – Just absolutely wonderful timing – not!!
and while we are on the subject of weird bodily reactions to chemo – why has this second chemo thinned the hair on my head, my eyebrows and fingerrnails etc have not recovered properly from the first lot but the couple of ‘witches’ hairs I have to pluck from underneath my chin are growing just as strong as ever -WHY????