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I know this is horrible to say, but I am not sure I agree with the first part of your response at times.
Last chemo was 1/5/12 and the hits just keep on coming. I'm not suicidal or anything, but I have made the choice not to take my estrogen blocker. I just feel too bad any given day to take it and feel worse. Quality of life does mean something to me. Please others take note, I had a very bad reaction to the ATC(?), so I only speak for myself. The arthritis has gotten worse though the doc said it wouldn't, and the chemo brain is awful.
Chemo is a killer of the spirit and the soul.
I would urge people to suck it up enough to give the hormone treatments a try, even tho for me they were awful. If you read that thread you'll see that others do well on them.
I would also urge people to get a second opinion before having chemo (my first oncologist, the one I dumped, told me not to do it!)--
The second oncologist agreed with most of my plan but we tweaked it in a way that was beneficial to me.
Fortunately for me the first oncologist was pregnant. When she left for maternity leave, not far into my treatment, I was handed off to a new one I liked much better. I stayed with him when she came back.