Tamoxifen: Go Ahead Bring The Pain

Tamoxifen headache! Today I opted to go out with no prosthetics so I would not irritate my lymphedema flare up in my chest and back. I’ve had a day, a day of such intense pain, caused by my newly discovered arthritis, caused by my three years of Tamoxifen and it made me think maybe I should just go ahead and …

Chronic Pain: Just Smile Through It

My breast cancer journey has literally ripped apart my body, leaving me with missing parts, and chronic pain. Last week my husband posted on his Facebook wall: “You see her always smiling in her photos. Because she will never let you know how much pain she really is in.” This is chronic pain. Every morning when my son Gideon and …

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection: Think First!

Over the past ten years, surgeons have been performing sentinel lymph node dissections instead of axillary lymph node dissection, a much less risky procedure. As I lay in bed healing from another surgery I feel compelled to write this so maybe I can prevent others from suffering the way I have. Keep in mind that I am not a doctor, …