You’re a cancer survivor – a bullet list

One day you feel a lump in your boob. Machines create images, doctors test a chunk. It’s cancer. People say you’re a survivor the moment you announce your diagnosis. You think, “huh? What’d I do?” Treatment begins in early May and concludes in late December. Start the new year clean, you think. Through it all... Continue Reading →

Breast Cancer: The End.

It is done. What began with a lump almost one year ago is finally over. From the diagnosis Through six rounds of chemotherapy Surgery on my breast and lymphnodes and 30 doses of radiation, this blog has been a place for me to collect my thoughts, sort out how I felt about what was happening to... 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 →

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 →

Breast cancer intermission: A Smoking Ruin

Well, here I am almost three whole weeks after my sixth and final round of chemo. That day was extraordinary. I felt accomplished, and loved, and, well, triumphant. Since then? Not so much on the triumph. I don't feel as though I've kicked cancer's ass, or won the battle much less the war. The fact... Continue Reading →

Chemo Round 6 – The Worst is Over!

Yesterday I had my sixth and final round of chemotherapy!! I'm so excited and happy and relieved. I still have a couple weeks of side-effects to deal with, but the beauty part is that when I finally start feeling better I will STAY better. I won't come out of it just to begin again. I... Continue Reading →

Chemotherapy 5 of 6 – The Darkness Before Dawn

Five rounds of chemo down, just one left. It's a triumph, yes? But, wow....this is a bad one. Here's the thing: actually getting the infusion of drugs isn't bad at all. They puncture my flesh exactly once to access the mediport in my chest and then it's all okay. They draw blood to make sure... Continue Reading →

10 Good Things About Having Breast Cancer

Well, I feel sort of like an asshole for my last couple of posts. I absolutely do want to give you the straight dope, but I don't want to freak people out who are just starting treatment, or worse, be any part of someone forgoing chemo. So, herewith, ten things that are GOOD about having... Continue Reading →

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