8;1 For Women ONLY – One Hot Mess #BCAM

There is one more pathway just for women going through cancer that I’d like to share with you especially since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  One HOT mess is when you are on “the juice” which refers to steroids but you are literally hot from the chemicals used during chemotherapy.

Please read on with caution!

If you are going through almost any form of cancer therapy just know that you can go through what is called CHEMO PAUSE.  This is where you can stop menstruation for a period of time.  It could be a year or a few years but just know that you CAN get your period back. It’s all dependent on you, your body and the therapy you are currently going through.

For instance, when I was going through five rounds of chemotherapy that were administered once every three weeks, I had a period that was heavy and lasted for about ten days and then I didn’t have a period for about a year.  This is when you feel as if you are going through MENOPAUSE but it’s really just Chemo induced-menopause.  That’s why it’s called Chemo-Pause. Because when you are done with chemotherapy, many women resume menstruation.  And some women don’t, depending on your age.  Please check with your doctor about how you are doing throughout your therapy.

I would wake up at night in a puddle of sweat.  And since my cancer was estrogen positive, this was a welcome side-effect so that that less estrogen would be available in my cells.  And even once I started Radiation Therapy, I still did not have a period.

After chemotherapy and radiation therapy, I started on Tamoxifen and still did not have a period for quite some time.  I’d even gone from taking Tamoxifen to Femara and felt much better for a while until one day I got my period! My Oncologist at the time wanted to confirm that is was just break through bleeding and ordered a uterine biopsy to check for cancerous cells, which proved negative.  It was just my body working to get back to normal, if you ask me years later. Because I feel so much better and even lose weight when I’m menstruating.  During Chemo Pause I got sluggish and sad and started gaining weight from lack of exercise and consuming to many comfort foods.  Yet everyone is different!

I met a lady during a breast cancer support group that was on Tamoxifen and even had periods when she found out that she was pregnant.  So the big question is whether you want to have children or not so that you can be proactive during your therapy if you are ever diagnosed with breast cancer.  Many women are freezing their eggs BEFORE they start any therapies so that they are not damaged in the process.  Many women found out to late that they could never have children once they were finished with all their therapies.  Or, I was told that I could think about having kids only after I had been on Tamoxifen for at least five years.  But remember, it depends on your body so listen to yourself first, ask more questions, find a specialist and then decide how to proceed.