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New PET Scan – 2 Steps Back

June 29, 2018 Have I said out loud lately that I’m tired of feeling exhausted and run over by a bus every day? Well, I am, and now I’ve said it out loud. I’m appreciative of the work I’m doing … Continue reading

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The Enormity of It All

Some days the enormity of it all weighs heavier than others. This week has been a dead-man’s carry kind of week. It’s heavy and it’s not moving and there’s nothing to ease the burden of carrying it except getting to … Continue reading

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New Scans – Episode 1

This morning, I had a new mammogram, ultrasound and MRI. I was hoping this was going to be easy. Of course it couldn’t be. Continue reading

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In An Instant

Cancer is one of those things that changes your life in an instant. Whether it’s a positive or negative change depends on your perspective and your attitude. My cancer diagnosis was certainly life altering in the immediate sense. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Recap of the Test Results

I’m just going to go through all of the staging tests to date with the basic results.¬† My oncologist said that I’m staged at 3A/2B because of the size of the mass and the involvement of lymph nodes. Mammogram and … Continue reading

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Time for a Break

In my previous life, I was an IT consultant working for a large consulting firm, helping to solve technical problems and provide support for a number of different projects and customers. My most recent project was probably the most rewarding … Continue reading

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The Diagnosis – Part V – The Scans

When you’re diagnosed with cancer, the doctors need a certain number and type of scans to determine if and how much the cancer has spread. So after you’ve had a mammogram with ultrasound and a biopsy, the next step is … Continue reading

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The Diagnosis – Part IV – The Big Meeting

The “Big Meeting” was scheduled for a week after I’d gotten the biopsy results. They didn’t have any openings left for that week or I’d have been there. I took a colleague from work with me and also had my … Continue reading

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The Diagnosis – Part II – Finding a Provider

If I were still living in Houston, or anywhere within 500 miles of Texas for that matter, this would be a no-brainer. I’d be at MD Anderson and probably Houston¬†Methodist Hospital. Since I moved to Seattle instead, there are about … Continue reading

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The Diagnosis – Part I – Imaging

When you find a strange lump or have some other symptom that tells you all is not right with your body, the standard way of narrowing down its identity and cause is with a visit to a doctor. In my … Continue reading

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