So I went back to my sparkly new oncologist and told her the Femera didn’t fly. Meaning that I lasted one week and it was so awful I had to stop. And I said that was it and she said that was fine. Quality of life and all that. But then she told me she had been thinking of me and she wanted to try something out of the box.
SHe suggest that I try Faslodex. It is another antihormonal but it is usually only used for people who are Stage IV. It works in a different way than the others I had tried.
But there was one other thing. It is not a pill. It’s a monthly shot.
I don’t mind needles. I haven’t cared about needles in years. Needles shmeedles. Bring ’em.
But I have had such bad luck with the pills that amonthly shot concerns me. Because if a pill makes you feel horrid, you can stop taking it but with a shot, you are screwed for a month.
And then I did some quick research for info about Faslodex and there was a lot of talking of black and blue tushes. Hip pain. Swelling. Not being able to sit down.
My doctor needed to get approval from my insurance which was honestly dubious since I amnot stage IV. But we made and appointment for me to come back the next week for the first shot.
Then I went for a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge. It was nice but really noisy. Traffic is noisy! And I thought and thought and thought about it.
Yep. I walked the whole thing both ways, end to end. It was fun. It’s a stock photo because I could not figure out how to upload my photo. Blergh.
And I thought about Aromasin. Aromasin. I started taking it last June. It was ok in the beginning but then it started to get rough after about a month. Joint pain. Dark thoughts. And then there was the price. Ugh!
It was all good until our insurance changed and our deductible reset. The price at the drugstore that starts with a W and ends with JERK was something like $425. For one month. Yikes. I stopped taking it in October. I had some illness that made the aches even worse than what I had been living with and then after I recovered from the illness, I felt so much better that I stopped taking aromasin because I was tired of paying a ton of money to feel awful.
But you know, compared to a shot of Faslodex, Aromasin didn’t seem so bad.
So I decided to retry the Aromasin. Why not? And it’s been not so bad so far. Better than Femara. Beats a shot in the ass. So far.
And I found I could get a 3 month supply through mail order pharmacy for $187. So that’s good.
And the yucky pharmacy people(Rhymes with Mallgreens) I heard they recently got sued for overcharging patients. Jerks. They lost my business forever. I won’t even buy a candybar from that place.
That is where things stand in my treatment. I am currently being a good girl and taking my medicine. I do not feel totally horrible. Not even mildly horrible. So far.