It was an emotional, Spotify playlist kind of day. I listened to albums that make people feel upset and depressed: Foo Fighters (Wasting Light), The Smiths (Louder Than Bombs) and Coldplay (Parachutes). And although the kids enjoyed the irony of the cheerful song Hang the DJ, they decided that there was too much sorrow in … Continue reading When My Body Gets Down and Gets Tired, Not Funky
I’m not sure what it is about me, but only the weirdest of the weird ever approach me. It's been like this for decades. Personally, I think I was pretty cute in my twenties, but I never got hit on by guys...unless they were well over 65. Homeless people randomly sitting on the streets of … Continue reading My Personal Healing Shaman. Not.
Mission: Scan My Brain So there's a cyst like node near my left temple. Super small. And one that's long that looks like a vein. My rad doctor sent it to a neuro-radiologist-oncologist. Talk about specializing! She said she thinks the long one is a blood vessel and the small cyst is very common in … Continue reading Follow Up Missions
I had this dream last night that I was sitting at a table in the hospital cafeteria when a woman in a wheelchair approached me. She was about my age with straight blonde hair and wore a white doctor's coat. She told me that she had the results of my brain MRI and she that … Continue reading Mandarins and MRI’s
I bet you're wondering about my being hospitalized last week on Wednesday. My diagnosis was a mystery for 2 days and they put me in isolation. It was all sci-fi and stuff. I was almost like the girl in the bubble. Turned out to be an adverse reaction to chemo drug that included 103 fever … Continue reading Don’t Burst A Spleen About It
I'm up early at 5a so that I can have coffee exactly 6 hours before my PET-CT scan. If I woke up any later then I wouldn't be able to have coffee until at least 2pm. I'm not addicted, I swear. 24 hours before a PET-CT scan you have to eat a low carb diet … Continue reading Sing It With Me!
I call my room the wind tunnel. Windows are always open, a ceiling fan is always spinning, and Mike has another fan blasting on his nightstand that’s turned toward us. Of course, I’m downwind from Mike and God help us if he doesn’t shower. Lately though, it’s been different. Mike has recently been going to … Continue reading The Mystery of the Stinky Stench
For a cure, that is. Even though its not breast cancer month, July has been packed with cancer fundraising and awareness activities. The month kicked off with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and one of our very own Kickass Crusaders - Melanie Harms - walked 39 miles and raised a couple grand (how much … Continue reading I Would Give My Right Breast For That
I decided to take a full medical leave of absence from work this time and focus 100% on healing myself. I just received chemo treatment 3 of 6 and have learned that my PET/CT scan will be in 4 weeks. This is when I find out that the chemo is working - that its putting … Continue reading Is This For Reals?
I love my Stanford doctor. Extremely knowledgeable, approachable, confident. Great bedside manner. He confirmed we are on the right path. Chemo cocktails with Perjeta is correct and the way to go. Instead of 3 treatments we will do six. My cancering is hormone related, so we are going turbo against estrogen. No more tamoxifen pills, … Continue reading In My Second Opinion