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rant, rant, rant

It just doesn't stop. Not at all. I have such a GREAT life. Beautiful children. Good job. I'm pretty much happy.

My body just HATES me.

Today, I went for my annual with my gyn. Thanks to the good old BRCA2 variation, along with bi-annual mammograms, I am supposed to have bi-annual sonograms of my ovary (which you'll find out my new name for in a minute) and a CA125 test. Before going to see the doctor today, his tech gave me a sono. When I went in to talk to the doc, he said there is no sign of cancer. However, comparing my ovary to a sono done at the end of 2004, it is down to 1/3 or so of its size. With the fact that I have almost non-existant hormone levels, he said that I am in perimenopause.

Great. I'm 36 and starting menopause.

With all of these things, he has recommended I get my remaining ovary, now named 'Shrinky-Dink', removed. Instant menopause. Oh, and while we are there, why not just get rid of my uterus and cervix, too, since I had pre-cancer in my cervix some years ago.

I really don't get why these things happen to me. I'm still trying to come to terms with the idea of a prophylactic mastectomy.

Scott and I spent a few hours discussing it, and researching information on the net. Unless something changes (like me actually starting to have menopause signs, or signs of cancer) we are going to try to wait a couple of years. phenway, I had to think of you when all of this was happening today. You have Lefty, I have Shrinky-Dink.

I am just going to sit here tonight, watch TV, and eat an entire bag of Chex mix.



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Aug. 4th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Aug. 4th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
You might want to see a naturopath. Sometimes they work with hormones and such... But be sure the naturopath is worth his salt. I go to one here and he is fantastic. I also am going to a regular MD too, I let them both have opinions.

Would you be able to do hormone replacement if you had shrinky removed?
Aug. 4th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
I haven't looked into a naturopath. How would I go about finding a good one?

The way my doctor put it (and my oncologist said something similar) - 'nobody will touch you with a 20 foot pole' for hormone replacement now. Since I have a genetic predisposition for breast cancer, and many breast cancers are estrogen binders, they won't risk increasing my estrogen.
Aug. 4th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot to mention. I second the natural medicine approach. Do this for a while, and you may not need to lose the ovary at all. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to find a good one. If you don't get good advice from someone else, let me know, and I'll ask my sister for you.
Aug. 4th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Uggh. I think your submitting to that many tests should give you automatic immunity from further problems.

I agree with your decision to wait if there aren't immediate problems. Why unnecessarily subject yourself to the known unpleasantness and risks of premature menopause? Sounds like you're very conscientious about getting the screenings and tests, so it's not like you'll miss the signs if something starts happening down the road.

I'm so sorry for you having to go through this, but glad you have a wonderful family to support you through it.
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