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2/21/2016Had mastectomy after diagnosis of lubinar cancer in right breast, stage 1A with no node involvement. Taking letrozole only treatment prescribed. But cannot stop crying. I want my life back. I did all the right things: no smoking, very little drinking (may two or three drinks per week if that), no hormone replacement treatment, yearly breast exams. I cannot understand why this happened except family history of this disease: Mother, Aunt, Cousin and sister. Yet doing everything did not help. How do I feel good again?
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2/22/2016so given your family history, there is likely a breast cancer gene at work within your family. this should be pursued as it impacts your health in other ways too.

You did do all of the right things to be healthy. this isn't your fault. DNA is DNA. and if not caused by a gene, keep in mind that 70% of people diagnosed have no known risk factors and only about 12% have any family history.

Time to embrace your life that was saved. make future plans regarding things you can look forward to doing. find something at the end of each day to feel a sense of gratitude for. There is also a good chance that your tears are associated with your estrogen levels now being suppressed. what we call chemical menopause due to taking the letrozole. this should level off over time. be well.

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