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8/3/11 4:36 P

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Dee,
Glad to hear all the good news. You have such a wonderful attitude. Have a great time.
Rita

When one door closes another opens, but sometimes it's hell in the hallway !!

If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

Anytime you think you can't, you're right!!

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the word after it's said;
the occasion after it's missed;
the time after it's passed.


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8/3/11 4:03 P

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Good for you.

Last year I went into Tibet at an elevation of 14,000 feet while on Tamoxifen, after clearing with my oncologist (and I did wear a pressure sleeve due to lymph node removal).

I agree, live life large. I hope you are as bouyant as you can be!!!

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8/3/11 7:18 A

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Well..... I heard from my oncologist's nurse and she (and his nurse pracitioner) both said while Tamoxifen has the risk of pulmonary embolism, it is very slight and they don't see any problem with scuba diving.

I also heard from my plastic surgeon's nurse and she also said that there would be no problem. In fact, she said the silicone breasts have actually been tested in that way and are good up to 200 feet (I don't plan on going deeper than 100 feet) ~ she did mention that saline weighs more than water and that the implants might affect my buoyancy (but not by much!) and that, like anything else affecting buoyancy, is easy to correct with weights.

As for the pressure / pain when flying.... I flew to Jamaica (on an airplane emoticon ) and I did experience some pain -- but I actually experienced pain in my FEET ~~ I have a little bit of neuropathy from the chemo (really hoping that goes away) and the pressure gave me charlie horses in my feet. Of course, they went away but now, I wonder, if it will be like that in the water. Hmmmm....

Aint no stoppin' sunshine.... I'm going for it. emoticon

It is not enough to simply show up. You need to step up for results.... keep on stepping! Dee


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8/2/11 1:59 P

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Dee--
Good for you on your plans! I haven't received my implants yet, but a friend of mine has and she said she has a lot of pressure/pain when there is a change of altitude, so that is something you might want to ask for your sky diving plans.

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8/2/11 1:23 P

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Rita,

I am definitely taking tamoxifen ~
after fighting breast cancer I am living out loud and not putting things off that I've always wanted to do but was too busy/broke/scared to do - scuba diving is one of those things.

I have a call in to my plastic surgeon as I am not sure how my implants will respond to the underwater pressure and I have a call in to my oncologist as I am concerned about Tamoxifen increasing my chances of a pulmonary embolism.

Next on the bucket list... sky diving ~ Happy to be alive and well!

Thanks so much for your response!
Dee

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8/2/11 12:31 P

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Sorry - I don't have a clue about either issue, but I would certainly ask my oncologist and a scuba instructor concerning the Tamoxifen. Do you already know how to dive or will you be taking lessons and if so, are you sure you will still be on Tamoxifen?

Good luck,
Rita

When one door closes another opens, but sometimes it's hell in the hallway !!

If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

Anytime you think you can't, you're right!!

4 things you can't recover:
the stone after it's thrown;
the word after it's said;
the occasion after it's missed;
the time after it's passed.


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8/2/11 8:05 A

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Hi all ~~

I've been back a week from my FABULOUS Jamaican vacation and hubby and I have decided that next year (we already booked for next July again) we want to scuba dive.

Do any of you scuba? I am wondering about this for two reasons.... How will my implants respond to the pressure under water at deep depths (up to 90 feet) and.... I am on Tamoxifen and one of the potential side effects is a pulmonary embolism. Will scuba increase this risk?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Dee

It is not enough to simply show up. You need to step up for results.... keep on stepping! Dee


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