Radiation: The Dirty Dozen

I had my 13th radiation session today, but "dirty dozen" is much more clickable than "baker's dozen," don't you think? I met with Dr. Spiderman on Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and he asked me, "So, how is radiation going? Is it better or worse than you thought it would be?" And I told him... Continue Reading →

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Radiation: First impressions

I had my fifth dose of radiation today. For that, I win an x-ray! I mean a regular x-ray, not the kind that kills potential cancer cells. Apparently this happens every five treatments so they can make sure the positioning is still accurate, etc. Of all of my courses of treatment, radiation is the most... Continue Reading →

Breast cancer phase 3: Let’s get radiated!

Now that chemo and surgery are in the "done" pile, it's time for radiation. What's getting zapped? My right boob and the lymph nodes in my right armpit. The preparation for this has been sort of fascinating for a nerd like me. First, the radiation nurse educated me on what I can and cannot do... Continue Reading →

Chemo Tips for Cancer Buddies

Since I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in March 2015, three women I know have joined the sisterhood. Two of them found it early enough to get by with surgery plus radiation, but one is about to embark on a few rounds of chemotherapy. She reached out to me for advice and I realized that... Continue Reading →

Cancer is full of SCIENCE…and Spiderman.

Now that chemo and surgery are in the "done" pile, it's time to move on to Phase 3 and plan for Phase 4 of this breast cancer "journey." That's so obnoxious, isn't it? A fucking "journey." A trip no one wants to take. It's actually more like being an exile or refugee or something. I've... Continue Reading →

Pathology, surprises, and what’s next

Since my last post I have calmed down a bit and also found out more information. The first thing I did was go to Dr. Supe's office and pick up my pathology report. After much Googling, consultation with my billions of breast cancer books, and knowledge I've sucked up over the past six months, I... Continue Reading →

Bad news, confusion, and a giant WTF

I had nearly given up on getting my pathology report yesterday. I'd started second-guessing my memory about what Dr. Superman had told me. ("He said Monday or Tuesday...maybe he meant NEXT week...") I'd called my surgeon's office in the morning to make my post-op follow-up appointment that morning and asked the receptionist about my report.... Continue Reading →

10 things I got wrong about breast cancer

So here I am, a handful of days after my lumpectomy, still waiting for the pathology report which will presumably tell us either "We got it all" or "There's still cancer in there." And I've been thinking about the past few months and the assumptions I made and the stuff I got wrong. So I... Continue Reading →

Phase Two – Cut it out!

Wow it's been a long time since I've posted anything. I've composed many many posts in my head which I intend to get to before long. Posts about my existential crises, about what I got wrong about cancer in my first few posts, the cancer books I've found most useful and entertaining, and a list... Continue Reading →

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