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(reply to Christine Jeffries)

Since that post, I've had still another consultation with still another doctor. This doctor, a medical oncologist, was superb at listening to my reservations about radiation therapy and endocrine therapy. He reviewed my history, both recent and familial. He gave me the statistics, debunked some of my fears, and then flat out told me that I wasn't crazy to decide that I needed no further treatment. I may have a recurrence; neither radiation nor hormone therapy guarantees I won't. The side effects of all the treatments, when weighed against the minute benefits, helped my husband and me make the decision. I'll probably need mammograms every six months for a while. That I can handle with grace and humor! I did get a call from the radiation oncologist's office, and when I told the nurse about my decision, she seemed to want to pressure me to change my mind. I'm totally comfortable with my decision, and only time will tell if it's the right one for the long haul. For the foreseeable future, it's the best way for me to handle my life.

March 11, 2011 - 4:26pm


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