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Breast Cancer & Natural Hormone Therapy - A Survivor's Story

Posted by Tina Mattern on Thursday, 29 October

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ZRT guest blogger Tina Mattern

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to broaden the conversation about breast health, ZRT Lab invited several breast cancer survivors to tell their stories. 

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 1999, I was convinced that my life as I'd known it was never going to be the same. 

I knew, of course, that many women survive, but I also knew that in spite of treatment, 1 in 3 will still die. These were horrifying statistics.

The only treatment options that were being thrust on me were every bit as frightening: Mastectomy or Radiation or Chemotherapy and a nightmarish hormone-blocking drug called Tamoxifen, which would increase my risk of developing uterine cancer by 60%. 

Each one of these treatments had the potential to ultimately cause death in its own right. How could I possibly choose between them? It seemed like there wasn't an acceptable solution...I was going to suffer, no matter what I chose.

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