Monthly Archives: September 2011

Let Us Now Praise Cheap Consumer Goods

This is the second time in the past five months that I’ve had to abandon my base layer of basic black t-shirts for medical reasons – the first time after surgery, when I couldn’t put on anything that pulled on … Continue reading

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Hare today, goon tomorrow

One of the things I did for my birthday was shave my head, hoping it would be for the last time – I had some stubble, but it was pretty sparse, not at all the velvety nap it would normally … Continue reading

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10 down, 26 to go

After ten treatments, this is what I look like, PG version: September 24th Being who I am, I’ve been relentlessly self documenting on a day by day basis – the pictures are a bit sloppier than I’d like (ideally I’d … Continue reading

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The Sisterhood of the Travelling Tumor?

As usual, I don’t get it. I’m not feeling the warm fuzzies here nor this special sisterhood with every other women who has had breast cancer, or is in treatment for breast cancer, or has breast cancer –  no more than I … Continue reading

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Falling off the Bell Curve

Or, “I’ve never been average in my life!” The doctor informed me on Friday that, statistically, most cases of lymphedema resolve on their own – I informed the doctor that, statistically, I shouldn’t even be there*. I was questioned as to … Continue reading

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it can only make me well

Damn well better at this rate. I finally caught up with the lymphedema clinic today, and I’ll be going in tomorrow at noon to see what they have to say. I advise you not to look at any of the … Continue reading

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more light, more light!

More light I’ll have, from here through Halloween, once every weekday, thirty six treatments including the “boost” radiation. O joy. The treatment itself is easy enough. I go up to the hospital oncology radiation unit; change from the waist up … Continue reading

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Bind me to the Mercy Seat

and heal me. I’ll be starting in on the third of the Holy Trifecta tomorrow; much as I want it over with (soonest begun is soonest done), I’m not feeling quite ready. I still tire far too easily, and I … Continue reading

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21 Days Later

Almost 21 days since the last chemo, that is, and may it be the last ever… I’ve not got my stamina back yet, but I’m working on it; salads, fresh fruit, and sushi are once again on the menu – … Continue reading

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