Monthly Archives: May 2018

Partial Mastectomy Scheduled

The surgery, a partial mastectomy, or lumpectomy, with axillary node dissection and bilateral breast lift, is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018. I’m a little nervous. I’ve met with the surgeon and her resident regarding the surgery. She talked through … Continue reading

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More Appointments Than Carter’s Got Pills

Yes, I have a ton of shoulda done this or thats about my health. What I also have is a “Today’s the Day it Changes,” and it’s time to start taking better care of myself, with exercise and strength training going back on my Must Do Regardless list. Continue reading

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Surgery Planning

The surgery aspect of breast cancer treatment is more complicated than you’d think. There are lots of different options for surgery. Some choices are better than others for recovery and quality of life later.¬†Unfortunately, these are not all choices we, … Continue reading

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Blinded by SCIENCE!

When I spoke to the surgeon late last week as a follow up to the CT scan of my chest, she told me that the nodules that were identified in the previous scan were still there, but the thinking on them is that they were enlarged because I was sick at the time. Continue reading

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Posts On the Way

I know I haven’t posted anything in the past couple of weeks. I am 2 weeks post-op and 4 weeks post-Taxol. There’ve been a bunch of appointments and things going on, but that’s not what’s kept me from posting. I’ve … Continue reading

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Week 3 Post Taxol

I’m starting to feel like these posts should have a melody. Y’know, like the 12 days of Christmas, cuz I know it’s going to be a long while before I get to that single partridge in a pear tree. Some … Continue reading

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Mouth Care on Chemo

While you’re on chemo, and particularly AC chemo, your mouth will be drier and you’ll start getting canker-like sores in your mouth and into your throat. The canker sores can be very painful. As a result of dry mouth, vomiting … Continue reading

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The Fluoride Backstory

Rather than just jump on the outrage wagon, I should have written about the why of the fluoride treatments in the first place. Sigh. So here goes. Right after I got diagnosed and was told I was going to be … Continue reading

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When Doves Fly

Surgery is my next big milestone. Today, on the eve of surgery, I can begin to dream of being able to spread my wings and fly again. Continue reading

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Good Luck To You!

There’s nothing quite like hearing “screw you” from your dental insurance provider when it comes to additional needed procedures due to your cancer. I’ve so far been *really* lucky with my health insurance. Most everything’s been covered, and for those … Continue reading

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