I hate feeling hot, and I hate not sleeping right. But the alternative is less pleasant, so I assume this too shall pass. I think I will increase my daily walking as I am told exercise helps. I know the walking helps with that cranky feeling that also seems to be around now that I am on Tamoxifen. And walking will help with my worries over the fact some women gain weight on Tamoxifen.
Now I have something else that just occurred to me: how weird my left breast feels.
My left breast is where the tumor was removed and where I got the radiation. It feels completely different from my right breast. It feels heavier and almost fake. It’s totally odd but fascinating to me.
Breastcancer.org has all sorts of stuff on their website I find helpful, incidentally. Managing menopausal symptoms is one of my new favorites. They do not have anything on Maca Root, however. Maca also helps with hot flashes, and it is not as far as I can tell a phytoestrogen.
Lordy, I am not ready for orthopedic shoes and thanks to breast cancer I have no choice on the menopause thing. Of course, it’s all over the map as to what symptoms women in my family have had. My mother had like two hot flashes and she was done with that – but my paternal grandmother on the other hand (who also had breast cancer in the 1940s and lived into her 90s) I am told did have wicked hot flashes. I shouldn’t complain because they are not constant all day long (and I know women who have had this issue with hot flashes), but they are damn annoying.
Hot flashes and night sweats, oh my! Viva the broken internal thermostat!
Today’s quote comes from my friend Cecily’s New Year’s card:
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ~Oscar Wilde