I really think that if you have cancer and you have to have chemo, you should get to choose your side effects. This only seems fair to me.
I was so concerned about the "output" coming from my body that I considered going to the emergency room a couple of times. Finally, I consulted the internet and found out that, especially with the type of breast cancer I have, sometimes things go a little haywire BEFORE your body goes into menopause. No one warned me about THIS! THIS is torture!
Which is why I think you should get to choose your side effects. I mean, I already have cancer - I think it's only fair! It'd be nice to have no side effects at all, but I realize that's not possible - cancer is supposed to suck.
I've pondered which ones I might choose. Let's see, I'll take the overwhelming fatigue, the sleeping 12 hours a day, the menopause (PLEASE!), the hair falling out....and....let's see....
"Would you like constipation or diarrhea?" the doctor would ask.
"Hmm, I'll take constipation to start. Can I switch later?" I'd say.
"Sure!" he'd reply, "Just let me know..."
But, no. I get no choices. The chemo just has its' way with me and does whatever it wants. I find that very rude.
Bring on the menopause dammit!