I've been reading the posts from ladies who are getting toward the end of their treatment and thought this might be a good time to remind you of the fantastic opportunity the Otis Foundation offers to anyone who has been thrown into the Breast Cancer mincer.
Otis has a number of properties across the country (predominately Victoria ) that are available at no cost to you. The majority are available for 4 days mid-week though there are a couple, like the fabulous Kez's Hideaway in Victoria, which are available over the weekend. All you need to cover is your food and travel. Most of the properties are self catering, so it is possible to have a four day holiday without breaking the bank.
Most things that sound too good to be true are a scam, but this offer doesn't come with any strings attached. Seriously. The only thing Otis asks is that you treat the properties with respect and promote the foundation if you get the chance. Which I am delighted to do.
So, if your string is getting a bit short and you are feeling that some time away may help, get onto their website and see what is on offer. They are really user friendly--either chose a property and then find out when it is available or ring them and tell them when you can get away and they will tell you what your options are at that time. Marg XXX
After 2 years on Tamoxifen it was decided that it was best for me to lose the ovaries and switch to Femara. After some bumpy times adjusting to the aches and pains I continued along with no weight gain. I have just passed the 2 year mark on Femara now.
A few months ago I managed to catch the flu while overseas. For one reason or another this took a lot to shake off and I was relatively inactive for a couple of months. The longest period I have been unwell since chemo. Couple this with a bit of comfort eating and on piled a few kilos!
Not happy and concerned about whether I could lose the extra padding and get back to feeling at my best. At first I struggled. I increased my exercise and curbed the eating but nothing happened! Then I started to take note of my Fitbit info. It estimates the calories that I burn according to my activity and heartrate levels each day. There were many days where although I diligently did my exercise, I was not very active for the rest of the day. I was simply not burning enough calories most days to lose the weight.
So for the last few weeks I have been really trying hard to NOT sit down much. My Fitbit buzzes if I don’t move enough each hour and that has helped too. AND I have done it! I am back to my happy weight again.
Breast cancer and treatment made me feel like I had lost control over my body and my life. It has been a great feeling to claw back some of that control! I have reversed osteoporosis through weightlifting and now lost a little weight again.
After my mastectomy and partial axillary disection my oncologist gave me some fairly devastating statistics. Without chemo and hormone therapy people with similar pathology to me had a 33% chance of making it to 10years without a recurrence. I was only 47. Next May will be 5 years clear I hope. So I know that Femara is very important to my chance of staying clear but so is quality of life. With a bit of stubbornness I am mostly managing to achieve that too