Dyanne Dillon says she feels like an eleven year old living in a 50-something body. She is a wife, mom, Pre-K teacher and a self-proclaimed Pollyanna. She blogs about her breast cancer experience and life thereafter at I Want Backsies, a name inspired by the children’s book A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban.
GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR HEALTH
I had a bone density scan in May of this year after two years of monthly Zoladex injections and taking Arimidex daily, along with calcium and vitamin D supplements daily, and the results showed a 13% loss of bone density. I am now taking Fosamax once a week, with a whole new set of side effects, including bone pain in my legs and charlie horses, especially at night, in my legs and feet. The hip pain I have had from the Zoladex and Arimidex (more discomfort than pain, actually) has worsened since adding the Fosamax, especially after I sit for awhile. Once I walk around a bit and warm up my hips, I’m pretty good, but until that happens, I walk like my mother, meaning I walk like an 80 year old woman.
So, basically, the breast cancer has not been a problem since the bilateral mastectomy nearly two and a half years ago. Blood work is always fine, breast exams clear. But the side effects? Yeah, those are what are going to get me!
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PRESCRIPTION?
I began taking Brisdelle (paroxetine 7.5 mg) this spring, as prescribed by the nurse practitioner in my ob/gyn’s office, to help with hot flashes. I THINK it helps, but I couldn’t swear to it. With a coupon card and insurance, the medication costs $38 a month. It’s a lot of money just to help with hot flashes, but after an experiment wherein I didn’t take it for over two weeks, I’ve decided that i just might be worth that $38 after all. My friends and family were on the verge of taking up a collection to pay the $38 just so I would quit asking, “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?”
TELL US SOMETHING AWESOME.
I was in a store recently where a store employee stood at a table inside the front door and asked people coming in if they would like to donate to breast cancer. I know she didn’t realize what she was saying, but I just laughed and said, “I’ve already donated to breast cancer by donating both of my breasts. Maybe what you mean to say is would you like to donate to breast cancer RESEARCH?”
Find the funny in things that may not be funny. It’s good medicine.
Personal photo courtesy of Dyanne Dillon