Year 2, Month 5 and 5 days: Storm clouds and rainbows
So, it is that time again. Time for annual testing. My blood work always tells me I am healthy, my CT always points to the interesting lumps and bumps of life that I would never know about had I not required a CT in the first place and of course… the hands on exams. Every girls least favorite.
This time we felt a lump. I suppose it has been there since the last surgery. So off to get an ultrasound I go. Results state ” 1.4 x 2.7 x 0.4 cm Continue reading
Day 358: Just call me 7 of 9…
Since the last surgical procedure I have had all this water I just can’t seem to get rid of, in fact the plastic surgeon says I have 1-2 inches of fluid retention – yay me! So she sent me off for an endermologie appointment – well 20 of them actually. Today was the first.
Step one was to don a rockin’ body stalking, is that hot or what? Then she takes this mechanized skin rolling device and Continue reading
Day 79-80: Decision Time…
This is a long one… 2 days 5 doctors, 2 nurses and a resident. Yep it’s been busy. However, before I write it all up, there are a few disclosures I want to toss out there:
- My cancer and diagnosis is not like the cancer and diagnosis of anyone else… and as such, no one has the same cancer situation as I do. I think it is really important for people to do their own due diligence, my decision is mine solely and not intended to influence anyone else.
- If you are a doctor and reading this, please remember you treat a human with a life they likely rather enjoyed prior to the diagnosis – you are not treating a disease but a person.
- I have said since the beginning that quality trumps quantity for me personally.
That being said… here we go – Continue reading
Day 70: You look so good…
Since I have been taking my time and doing my research, and because I have not started chemotherapy, I keep getting surprised and slightly confused looks from people followed by, “Wow! You look so good!”
Truth is, physically Continue reading
Day 61: Data…
So in addition to researching alternative treatments I am also looking at success rates of chemotherapy for breast cancer. Gotta admit, I am a wee bit less than enamored with what I am finding.
According to the table below and the report from the Royal College of Radiologists which this table comes from, we are talking about a Continue reading
Day 51-53: Cancer math madness…
Well… This has been a tough one to write. I’m parsing through all the data and many emotions.
Many of you know that I saw the oncologist Thursday and things have been quiet since then… I am learning “cancer math.” Cancer math reminds me of my marketing classes while I was pursuing masters of business. My classmate Britt and I kept getting stuck on how certain numbers were derived, in class one day in total frustration, I decided that there were horses and unicorns and that marketing math was filled with unicorns made from assumptions based on some level of experience but truly they are assumptions and not tangible reality. We will refer to cancer math as “kitten unicorn cancer math.”
Day 49: Getting my hairs set….
I remember great gran going to get her hair “set” – gonna try that today. I simply have not figured out a way to stay safely dry while washing my hair here at home. Not to mention the whole hands above the head thing. Hmm…. Pretty much everyone has offered to help, but honestly, the salon chair seems the safest bet. Shoot… might even put on some make-up… the photo is of course my anticipated after… LOL
Strange dream last night – for those of you who are into dream interpretation. I dreamt Continue reading