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Here We Go!

It has been an interesting week or so. I finally found out the results of all of my tests and I now know I have metastatic breast cancer. The Radiology Oncologist‘s exact words were “It’s worse than we thought.” I wanted to say, “Skip the dramatics, doc, and just give it to me straight!” I like to point out the blessings in every negative situation if I can.

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Chapter twelve... Surgery number fourteen

It is now the day of surgery. Naturally I am scared, even though I have been through many surgeries before. All I can do now is hope that the surgeon is able to remove the tumor and that it is benign. As another October draws to a close, I can't help but think of all we have been thru in the past two years. Two years ago this week my wife and I were living in a motel, as we had just emptied our home of 33 years and were awaiting closing on the sale. Within six weeks she would be hospitalized and begin treatment for lymphoma.

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This is my favorite time of the year. I probably mentioned this before. I am going to try my hand this week at making roasted red pepper soup and acorn squash soup. Two of my favorites.  My wife does not care for either but they just scream fall to me and I love the taste.

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Widow : 101

    You know when you have a nightmare.....and wake up.....think...." Thank God, it was just a bad dream"....wipe the sweat off your neck.....and go back to sleep?


    Same thing happens to me, but then I think...." oh, no....it is real."

Deal with it.


   It isnt too bad....I did have time through the months for melt downs...time to prepare...time to develop a plan.


  Sometimes I feel guilty, because there are advantages.  I make my own decisions.  I eat when I want....go to bed when I want.....


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Metabolically mass and pet scan.

I really don’t know what goes into a blog. Never done one. Anyway I guess it’s like an open diary. Well I have been a caregiver to my mom since 2016. My younger brother has schizophrenia and she use to care for him until a Parkinson’s diagnosis and the meds she was on caused her to hallucinate and wasn’t helping. So APS was called many timeS. I have been disabled since a fall I had in 2007.

Hiding colostomy under clothing

Does the bag fit under a belt.  I wear a uniform to work and am required to tuck in muy shirt and wear a belt.  I will be receiving a colostomy later this year after 10 years of post colorectal surgery excitement.  Actually looking forward to not being chained to the bathroom.



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3 Month PET = NED!!!

Hello, Just thought I would send an update on my cancer journey. diagnosed in March with HPV+ HNC, right tonsil and right lymph node. Treatment was 6 weeks daily proton beam radiation at Mayo clinic. Initially insurance denied out of network proton beam rads therapy stating it was "experimental". After a written letter from my doctor at  Mayo and a 20 minute confeence call meeting with the 9 member board from my Insurance company (Quartz) they reversed their original denial and agreed to pay "level 1 in network" costs for proton beam therepy.

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So today I finished the last of my tests and Wednesday I find out the status of my cancer. *Dun dun dun* I am praying that it has chosen to stay put and not take a tour of my body. In any event, I officially started my oral chemo this evening so the fight has now officially begun! It’s been three hours since I’ve taken it and so far no symptoms as far as I can tell but it’s only the first dose so we shall see I suppose. I’m already emotionally detaching from my hair just in case this medicine also causes hair loss. It’s apparently pretty common along with nausea and vomiting. 

Advice on vocal cord radiation side affects


I'm a 70 year old great  grama...and I need advice lol   

Breast Cancer Woman

I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Stage 1 breast cancer. The 1st drug given to me to shrink the tumor did nothing. The mri showed a tumor 4.7cm. Lumpectomy scheduled after done with 1st drug. Did lumpectomy, tumor now 7.0 cm. Chemotherapy now scheduled. Got chemo port put in. Hidous pain. Now have blood clot on chemo port in neck. 3months later blood clot still there after a very painful round of blood thinner shots in abodemum. Then zeralto tablets and not shots. Double mastectomy scheduled, had pre-surgery physical and private doctor not wanting to change blood thinner types.


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