I’ve been reflecting lately about how I’m no longer afraid of cancer recurrence. It is no longer something that I worry about. It isn’t the first thing that comes to my mind with every ache and pain.
This is one of those good-thing bad-thing things. You see, since I am no longer worried about cancer recurrence, I question the need to be on hormone therapy. I can totally appreciate why there are issues with women complying with hormone therapy. I question the need to continue with treatments that might make me feel sucky. It is a lot easier to put up with the treatments when you think of them as a safety net. When you consider that they are what will help prevent recurrence.
So, a little worry kind of needs to be there. That little worry needs to be just enough to motivate me to continue down the path of hormone therapy. Without that little worry, the treatments feel like torture for no benefit.
And so, I feel the need for a little balance and counter-balance. I need to feel like the hormone therapy is doing something. Fortunately, I will know that one aspect of it will be doing something – that is, the once every 6-month Denosumab shots – because they will be treating my osteopenia (low bone density). Between the gluten-free diet, additional calcium supplements, and the denosumab shots, my bone density should return to normal (crossing fingers).