I’m in menopause this weekend. Instant menopause, since they took my ovaries, so there’s no gentle ramping-down of the hormones (if there ever is), and there’s no help in the form of an estrogen patch (de rigur for oopherectomies, but my cancer feeds on estrogen, so no patch for me).
Chemo put me into chemopause last fall. Then I came out and became “regular” again soon after chemo ended. Then the tamoxifen put me back into chemically-induced menopause. But that one didn’t stick either. Today, though, since my ovaries are gone, I know I’m beginning my last and final menopause.
Anyone have advice on surviving the physical and emotional tumult that this is putting me through? Web sites, support, medical sites, anything would be greatly appreciated. I’m having trouble putting into words what this means to me, but hopefully I’ll be back on schedule with the posting and such soon. (But for now, could someone please turn down the heat?)