The tumor board unanimously agreed that an estrogen blocker coupled with a new-ish drug (a CDK 4-6 inhibitor, for those who know) are likely to be as effective as a next-stage treatment option for me as alternative chemo treatment. Technically, I’m told the estrogen blocker is a kind of chemo, but it’s oral rather than IV. I start taking both drugs as soon as they’re delivered, which should be in the next few days.
I’m curious/concerned about the new range of side effects I can expect, but I’ve handled what I’ve been given so far, know that I’m pretty capable of dealing with whatever happens, have the support of a great oncology team as well as my amazing family and friends, and — haha — don’t have a choice in the matter, so I’m gonna take what comes.
The chances that the new treatment will be effective are about 70%, and I plan to be one of the women who responds positively.
So, following up on my last update, I started seeing a trauma resolution and “somatic processing” therapist this week and already feel so much better. Her amazing approach is rooted in both the mind and the body and it’s a powerful way to unwind the physical impact of trauma as well as think of it in new ways. She’s someone I’ve known and worked with for a couple of years and love her; if you’re interested in learning more about her work, let me know. (❤️ To Cheyenne).
I also discovered a wonderful book called, “From Heartbreak to Wholeness,” written by the widow of the guy who wrote those “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” books. He died suddenly at age 45 and the book tells her story of choosing to be the hero rather than the victim of her circumstances; it’s very much in line with the kind of coaching I’ve done for other people and it’s resonating as something for me right now. I can highly recommend it if you or someone you know is dealing with a loss or shock of any kind.
I had a thought about this whole experience a while ago and shared it with my dad, who loved it, so I’ll share it with you too: Cancer might affect how I die one day, but it doesn’t have to affect how I live. It might even help me live better, knowing how fabulous life is and helping me prioritize what really matters.