I entered menopause fully after a complete hysterectomy at age 50. As with most surgical menopause patients, I was prescribed hormone replacement therapy as soon as I left the hospital. About three years later I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, estrogen positive. I underwent chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and five years of Tamoxifen.
I had hot flashes every 45 minutes around the clock for the full 5 years on Tamoxifen, and then after that I had them many times a day and night. I lost about 25 pounds while I was on chemotherapy, and then gained about 30 pounds when I began taking the Tamoxifen.
I had tried every known diet to mankind prior to coming to Dr. Cederquist’s office. When I started the program I was recently divorced and needed to help my self-esteem and feel better. I lost 50 pounds in about 9 months, and I am elated.
My metabolism has always been slow, and especially now due to fairly severe arthritis and fibromyalgia. I have a hard time exercising sufficiently. This is troublesome because I was also very athletic and active, and I find it depressing to not be able to do the things I loved to do.
I have a hard time accepting these limitations. I am still on a journey to lose more weight, and I am determined to continue trying and not give up. I have kept the weight I lost off, and I am gearing up for the next round of weight loss to come. Now that I know what my body needs to lose the weight, I am confident I can be successful again.
S. A. Age 68
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