Wombat, Thanks so much. I am familiar with the Breast Cancer site, but had overlooked that info.
Sometimes I think my body went into premature menopause (known officially as premature ovarian failure) because of an excess of estrogen in my system. Perhaps it was a self-preservation response from my body. Of course, now I have very little estrogen - I am getting a hot flash as I type in fact.
Anyway, I very much appreciate your response and encouragement (especially when it comes to patience).