I fully expected to have to present a case for estrogen replacement. (I've tried soy, and I've exercised, which makes me feel better in general, but whenever I start exercising I have a hot flash.)
My ob/gyn knows I have cancer because Cleveland Clinic uses electronic and paper charts. (My chart is now a couple of inches thick, after years of being thin.) I walked out with a prescription. I explained to her that I wanted to get through all the adverse affects of chemo and then get off the estrogen, since menopause is something that happens to women. Sure, she said. I almost said that menopause is natural, but then, malaria is natural, but I don't want it. But I still plan to get off the estrogen eventually. But the thought of not having hot flashes made me feel as if I was walking on air.
When you're a cancer patient, people give you all sorts of drugs, just for the asking. It's weird. Or maybe doctors just pay more attention to patients now. Or maybe I'm just older and my expectations are more reasonable. I dunno. But it's nice not to be expected to tough things out.
I <3 Cleveland Clinic.