Last week I had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Cancer. It’s been about twelve weeks since my final round of chemo. Every time I see her, I need to get a blood test beforehand, and I’ve learned that I can schedule that, so I did that the day before – and again, it required lots… Continue reading 12-week Oncology Follow-up
It’s been a busy last couple of weeks and I have not had time to blog, so I’ve been writing this post in my head for awhile. Prior to starting radiation therapy, I did a little Googling around for the best lotions and creams to use to manage the inevitable skin redness and irritation. Here… Continue reading Lotions and Potions and Creams, Oh My!
I had a lot to discuss with Dr. Zap and his nurse at my weekly Wednesday visit with him the week before last. It was my final visit with him during my radiation therapy and I had a list, including the chafing wherein I was gifted those heart pillows. One item, however, was not on… Continue reading Mammogram? Already?
As chemotherapy and its immediate aftermath (colds, eye styes, holidays…) have gradually faded into a bad memory, I have felt like a coiled spring. Last year at this time the Wilderness Basics Class had started, and I was excited and gung-ho to get out there with my new friends and classmates. A few months later… Continue reading Red Blood Cells are Awesome
On Friday I had my six-week visit with Dr. Cancer, the first time I’ve met with her since my final chemo treatment. I was excited for this appointment because the six-week milestone is a big deal. I talked to her about the various weird side effects I’ve been having, none of which surprised her, and… Continue reading Oncology Follow-up
Today is the milestone I’ve been waiting for – six weeks since my last round of chemo! Yeah!!! This is how long Dr. Cancer told me to wait before resuming my pre-chemo diet and habits, like drinking caffeine and taking vitamins. I’m particularly excited about broadening my choice of what kind of tea to drink.… Continue reading Six Week Milestone!
Since my final round of chemo, nearly six weeks ago, I’ve already mentioned that I came down with a cold, and am dealing with lymphedema in my hand – neither of which I can blame on the chemo. But in addition to that I’ve had a few other minor medical challenges, all of which… Continue reading It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better…?
I had never heard of women burning bras as feminist protest until I got to college, and it confused me. I had always thought of bras as a functional and necessary garment, not an optional item. I noticed that women’s magazines would sometimes discuss whether or not it was appropriate not to wear a bra.… Continue reading Symmetry is Boring
In my previous post, I promised a TMI report of my breast expansion appointment today. Well I hate to disappoint; but it was pretty uneventful. It was basically the same as last time, except without the part about removing stitches and a drain. Dr. FixIt numbed the skin, and then injected some saline into the… Continue reading The Boob-iverse Itself Keeps on Expanding and Expanding…*
When my surgery was originally scheduled, I was told that the typical recovery time was six weeks. I think the expectation was that I’d spend those six weeks healing and resting. Well, within a week of the surgery I actually felt pretty good; and it started to become clear that actually I’d be using these… Continue reading Happy Fourth of July!