As you probably know by now, I’m going through treatment for breast cancer. It’s a grueling, long process, but there actually might be a sort of silver lining in it for me, Got Menopause offers me the answers I’ve been looking for concerning menopause.
Let me explain, I also suffer from fibroids and until recently, the symptoms had been bearable. But they have recently began to affect my daily living; the cramping and severe blood loss that has brought on Anemia, aarrrgh!
I was considering having a hysterectomy to remove my uterus, which would handle the problem without throwing me into menopause. The only issue with that is they couldn’t do the Double Mastectomy, Reconstruction and Hysterectomy at the same time. So I had to have the first two operations together and then wait until my chemo treatments are completed and then go back in to have the hysterectomy. Another huge operation with at least six weeks of recovery time—right after about six months of immune system-lowering chemo, hmmmm, not quite what I was looking forward to for this year.
However, a ray of light may be shining through. I was recently introduced to this new site that tells you all about menopause, the symptoms, the remedies and the research, www.Gotmenopause.com . It’s been quite an eye-opener.
It’s pretty new, but they’ve put in a lot of time in on the back end and have put together some pretty good articles that cover everything from weight loss to hair loss. Right on the front page, they have all the symptoms that you hear about concerning menopause, along with an explanation as to why it’s happening:
Loss of Libido
But don’t just take their word for it, Got Menopause, also gives you 50 resource websites that contain specific information about menopause, some you may not have even known about and others you never thought you wanted to know about. They also offer groups and forums so you can meet up with and discuss your menopause symptoms with other women who also suffer with this condition. September is Menopause Awareness month, so be sure to check out this site and all it has to offer.
The reason I’m so psyched about all this info is that I’ve learned that going through chemo may throw me into menopause, which would solve my fibroid issue. Without the estrogen hormone that is produced less and less during menopause, the fibroids will shrink and become a non-issue. My periods will pretty much stop also. I know it’s a long shot, but I have six months to check it out and if it doesn’t work, I still have the other option of having the surgery.
Either way, with all the researchable knowledge on Got Menopause, I am certain that I will be prepared no matter what happens.