Thursday, July 12, 2012

Drug Holiday Continues

I have been on a "drug holiday" from my Arimidex for the last couple of months. The purpose was to see if they could get me healthier. The good news is I have had a lot of improvement off this drug, the bad news is that they want me to go back on something else but are going to extend the "holiday" a couple of more months. The purpose for the extension...he wants to give me a chance to continue to get healthier and he wants me to get moving....that would be to start exercising.

Now like I said this is a temporary thing, we will be discussing drug alternatives when I see him again in September. In the meantime he wants me to start drinking pomegranate juice on a daily basis. Apparently studies have shown that it works as a very mild aromatase inhibitor. Aromatase inhibitors help block the production of estrogen....estrogen fed my tumor. Arimidex is just one of  the several aromatase inhibitors out there that are prescribed for women who have estrogen positive breast cancer. He made it quite clear that drinking pomegranate juice could not replace taking one of the aromatase inhibitors but it was something I could do until he was able to get me back on another drug that I could tolerate better. When I asked him if I really needed to go back on something the answer was yes...I was too young and the risk of the cancer reoccurring in the long term would be too great without continued treatment

The down side of drinking this stuff, is it's high in calorie and I think it's on the expensive side. I was told you can find it cheaper in places like Costco but have not made the trek yet....it also has a taste that takes some getting used to, not bad just "surprising" I can only drink it cold

Now to the other part of the recommendation...the get moving part. I have pretty much been a couch potato for the last couple of years. Since surgery....almost two years ago,  I have been able to resume walking and do some light gardening (no more digging or heavy lifting at this point) but as far a going to the gym, bike riding or long distance walking....that has not been happening. Following surgery I had one medical problem after another and a hip that just wouldn't tolerate much exercise. I have never been able to get to the point that I was presurgery. The good news is things are much better, including that pesky hip...so hopefully I'll be riding one of these again real soon. I have this little excursion planned for August, there will be some walking involved....perhaps that will be my motivation to get moving

**Please note I am not a physician, never make any changes in any type of your treatment without consulting YOUR  physician first, this would include adding things like pomegranate juice to your diet...every situation is different**


Debbie said...

Good morning! It sounds like you are right on top of things and have a doctor who cares and is walking you through each decision. I think I told you that my cancer was NOT estrogen positive, so I have not had to deal with any of these issues. However, I can soo relate to the coach potato feel. The arthritis that I have in both knees keeps me from hardly walking let alone any extensive exercise, and I have got it in my lower back, neck, and shoulder too. Starting to feel it ever once in a while in my hip as well. Feel sometimes like I am just falling apart which at 57 is soo ridiculous. But...I move along as best I can, grateful I can still do what I do. I am going to get my knees replaced (as soon as I figure out what to do with my mom when I do!) which should really help so I can exercise. A vicious cycle isn't it? Good luck to you, I will keep you in prayer!

Creations By Cindy said...

Praying for you sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

First of all I can testify to the pomegranate juice...from what my son experienced. He had a cyst..I think that is the medical term, on his back shoulder, it formed when he was a teen. There wasn't any harm, but he hated people asking about the bump on his shoulder and so did his wife. So he decided to pump himself with pomegranate juice for other reasons...and you know what happened...it is gone!!!!!!!!! Yes after 10 year or more it is gone...nothing there. He is a believer and always tells someone, well drink pomegranate juice

My husband did take pomegranate pills...concentrated juice in pill form

Yea on the bike...Ben and I went this week...I am still learning to adjust my gears. There are some wonderful cruiser bikes that are so much fun. Looks like you have one...love it. You go girl...you will be riding with the best of them.

Blessings and continued healing in Jesus name

NanaNor's said...

Hi, I think any walking you do or bike riding will be great for you. Don't forget that even walking around the house or yard can be exercise as well. I think Pomegranate juice is really good for all of us, so even if you have to learn to like it, I definitely would. Praying God's healing touch on you.
Hugs, Noreen

mare ball said...

I've heard many good things about pomegranate juice. And it seems exercise is part of the solution for EVERY health issue anymore. I pray you continue to feel better. :-)

Camille said...

Yippee for the extended *holiday* from the prescription Maryann! What a blessing...enjoy these days of *freedom*. And yes, Costco does have things on amazing deals if you can easily get to one...I have not checked them out for Pomegranate juice, but I am sure they must have it! And, likely in the *super-size* packaging they are known for...LOL!

I will be praying for you as you embark on more exercise...cycling is a good way to get those requirements in...enjoy!

Many Blessings,

Sonja said...

I've read the pomegranite stories too, and why not?? I am convinced that doctors don't know everything! Some of the 'healthy alternatives' seem to get closer to what God intended for our physical bodies. And for sure we know that exercise is a good thing. If it doesn't do anything but make you FEEL healthier, it's worth it, and I believe it does a lot for our bodies.

You keep on trekking... you're on the right path!


Camille said...

Stoppin' in for a *hello*...trust you are doing well and have got yourself into a good routine with the exercise...it's always a challenge, isn't it? :)


Petra said...

It sounds like you've got a doctor who cares. I might not have time for regular blog visits (new job), but my prayers continue nonetheless.

I too have been a couch potato but haven't really got a good excuse. You are an inspiration to go get moving!