First I was told I’d most likely only need a lumpectomy + radiation, but that turned into a mastectomy. Then they thought I’d get away with just the mastectomy and no chemo; but one positive lymph node was found, indicating chemo + radiation. So when it was explained to me that I’d need CT &… Continue reading “No Distant Disease”
I expected today to be hectic and it did not disappoint. This week, the kids are in Watersports Camp at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. The MBAC is a solid 30 minutes from home, all the way at the beach, and drop-off is 7:30-8am, so at 7am we headed out the door – this is… Continue reading Radioactive!
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, it somehow seemed inevitable. I have strong and vivid memories of my mother’s mother suffering with breast cancer for many years, and it ultimately took her life. On my dad’s side of the family, he and both of his siblings have all had some form of cancer. … Continue reading Good Genes
Yesterday, Tad and I went to see Dr. Cancer, whom I have not met with since all this began. Dr. Demo had already given me a head’s up that the pathology results might have some bad news, so we were bracing ourselves. During my surgery, they performed a sentinel lymph node biopsy, in which three… Continue reading Fuck.
Last night we broke the news to the kids. I have awesome kids!!! I knew I needed to tell them the complete story, including using the word “cancer,” but I also knew I did not need to provide all the gory details – only as much as they ask for. I’d planned to tell them… Continue reading Telling the Kids
Sunday, June 5, 2016 The day I received my diagnosis, on May 2, I started to really think through how I was going to tell people about my cancer. I knew that I would not want to tell too many people before the story firmed up – it would be annoying to have to revise… Continue reading Key Word: CURABLE
Monday, May 23, 2016 My third Tour De Medicine appointment was with the general surgeon, Dr. Demo*. By now, Tad and I are getting tired of the cancer talk, but she dived on in anyway with her version. I’d really been hoping to skip straight to the surgery part, but she would not be dissuaded! … Continue reading Planning the Demo