Hello, beloved friends and followers,
I have been remiss in writing of late. Writing for me means looking deeply, and I just haven’t wanted to look at much of anything head-on. Doing so means becoming more intimate with this thing called cancer when I’d rather see it to the door in no uncertain terms. But alas, it seems we must coexist for a while, if not in my body then at least in my mind. Continue reading “I’m back.”
This cancer journey of mine has been an exercise in borderlines, and it continues to be. Continue reading “On the Borderline, Once Again”
I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people who are checking in and don’t realize I have my second surgery scheduled for Wednesday. So in case you didn’t know, now you know. This would be to correct the margins.
Continue reading “Surgery #2”
The surgeon called around 4:30 p.m. today with the pathology report. Continue reading “Pathology Report”
The surgery is over. It went well. There was no cancer in my sentinel lymph nodes (which I decided to have removed after all) and the second area that was originally supposed to be biopsied was dismissed as “noise” and not cause for concern. All good news. Hooray! Plus I just took my first shower in three days. How glorious!
Continue reading “Post-Surgery Update”
Surgery is less than a week away. My stomach gets all knotted up at the thought. It’s been a journey, and even while I don’t look forward to the outcome, I’ve also come to terms with this as my next course of action. I credit my new team of most knowledgeable doctors.
Continue reading “Off the Fence”
I had been in a hopeful place, imagining my body restored to health and every part of me remaining intact. But now, with DCIS and the stage 1 cancer diagnosis, reality bites—really, really hard.
Continue reading “Heading for Surgery”
After spending three beautiful days on the coast of Maine, I came home to news I feared: my biopsy was positive for invasive cancer. So this isn’t just DCIS anymore. It’s stage 1 or 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. The actual stage will be determined when the tissue is removed and sized.
Continue reading “Results Are In”
I had my six-month MRI on Monday. It was time to get an update on the state of my DCIS and learn if the protocol I’ve been on since late March has begun to take hold. I had the MRI at the center where my chosen surgeon is (should I need surgery); my first MRI in January was done elsewhere.
Continue reading “My Six Month Check-in”