HUMAN AGAIN

It's been awhile since I wrote anything here. It was easier to find things to post about  while going through my cancer and radiation treatments. After that, nothing really seemed worth writing down. I was still recuperating emotionally, I suppose, and feeling a need to have some space to myself. Even if that space was … Continue reading HUMAN AGAIN

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DONE

Well, I'm fast approaching my fourth week out of radiation. Still have some itchy skin, and some bizarre throbbing pain every now and then that I assume is a sign of continued healing. They said the radiation would keep affecting me for 2 weeks after we actually stopped, and it did. However,  I was so anxious to … Continue reading DONE

RADIATION REVELATIONS

Inquiring minds want to know, so: The actual radiation therapy takes around 3 minutes. Not including getting undressed and dressed again. On Mondays, I visit with the doctor who asks how I'm doing and then tells me to keep applying aloe gel. Riveting, right? Those days the appointment lasts maybe 20 minutes tops, the most frightening part of … Continue reading RADIATION REVELATIONS

HOW MANY ONCOLOGISTS DOES IT TAKE

Well, I disappeared for awhile into the cancer universe. Time flies when you're having fun! To catch up...  After a month of recovery I met with the MEDICAL oncologist and the RADIATION oncologist. The radiation oncologist told me what my surgeon had.  6 weeks of radiation. Following that, according to my MEDICAL oncologist, I start a prescription I get to … Continue reading HOW MANY ONCOLOGISTS DOES IT TAKE

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

Picking up sort of where I left off with the Breast Case Scenario post.   I recovered over the weekend from the lumpectomy surgery and by Thursday of the following week, I had the results. There was one little troublesome spot on the edge of the tissue margin - like so close to the edge … Continue reading ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

THE SURGICAL STORY – OR BREAST CASE SCENARIO

I can't help myself. Dad would have liked that title. Update: Thursday, in preparation for the lumpectomy on Friday, I returned to the nuclear medicine lab where I'd had the MRI and all that jazz done. They needed to give me some sort of injection. Unfortunately, I Googled what sort of injection I needed before … Continue reading THE SURGICAL STORY – OR BREAST CASE SCENARIO

A NEW DIAGNOSIS

"Hi, I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer." A slow growing, less than 2 cm infiltrating ductal carcinoma. It's grade 1, so basically as good as it can get for bad news. At this point it looks like the next steps are a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation. So, we're really almost done with … Continue reading A NEW DIAGNOSIS