My 5 years of tamoxifen will be up in January. I started it at 31. I know others will have different opinions, but tamox. has been a breeze for me. Didn't kick me into menopause. I didn't gain weight. Truly, I was so thankful that I could take it. Felt like it gave me an extra weapon in my arsenal. I think I am going to have my "woman parts" out before I go off tamox., so that I can continue on with an aromatase inhibitor. I feel like that means I've done everything possible to combat this disease. Try to go in with an open mind. Hopefully your experience will be similar to mine.
I took the Tamoxifen for 5 years. It wasn't so bad. I did gain weight and have hot flashes. I've had no period for 4 years and that's not that bad! I was estrogen positive so I couldn't take any hormonal therapy for the menopause symptoms. My gyn and onc suggested Effexor and I tried it but gained more weight so they give me Prozac now. I am on a diet and losing weight and the Prozac really does help with the hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. I, too, was just glad there was a drug out there that could help. I have completed the five years of Tamoxifen and am now on Femara for 5 years. It's even better than the Tamoxifen as far as side effects. I was glad to take it also. I still feel like I'm doing something everyday when I take that pill. Maybe a lot of psychological benefits but, there you go....
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."