Category Archives: breast cancer

Six Weeks Out

By now, I’ve pretty much regained full range of motion, though with a fair amount of pull across my chest and down my side – it’s something I’m constantly aware of. Even when not stretching, there’s a feeling of tightness … Continue reading

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Five Weeks

Started back on ERT Tuesday, and the mental/emotional effects diminished almost immediately – which was more of a relief than I can say. The physical effects are taking a little longer: I’m still having rather more intense hot flushes than … Continue reading

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Four weeks after

Oncotype came back Wednesday – the tumor scored a solid 20 out of 100, which is the same as last time, for those of you keeping score at home. Chemotherapy is not recommended, a five year course of tamoxifen is … Continue reading

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Three weeks

Here I am at three weeks: I’m able to do most everything myself as long as it doesn’t involve more than ten pounds of pressure/weight, repetitive motion, reaching over my head, or excessive stretching on the left side. Surprise, surprise, … Continue reading

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Two weeks after

Ok, 15 days, in truth, but close enough for government work. Surgical tape came off at my followup today – pretty much painlessly, and such a relief. Already better range of motion – though still pretty pathetic; that’s going to … Continue reading

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On NOT Choosing Reconstruction

I made my decision about breast reconstruction years back, sometime between my first diagnosis and treatment eight years ago and this second diagnosis in May, and my decision was ‘no’. I’ve never wavered on that decision – for me, reconstruction … Continue reading

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Your Mileage May Vary

Two weeks after surgery, and here we are – YMMV, but in case you’re wondering: Capability: Pretty capable from Day 1 – able to wash & dress* myself (admittedly with more difficulty at first); able to go for short walks; off … Continue reading

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Tomorrow changes the face of reality.

Tomorrow’s the day – I don’t think it will be quite real until after it’s over, and I wake up minus a visible part of myself. It’s stunning in the way my mind can’t quite conceive of this, and bends … Continue reading

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Breaking up is Hard to Do

Eight years and many checkups later… I got a call back after my last mammogram due to ‘changes’ in an area in my left breast. I’ve been going in for follow ups and exams three times a year at this … Continue reading

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Not *quite* Ready for Prime Time

Three plus weeks after, and although I feel pretty well healed in general, breaking from the cat lifestyle – even for something as simple as dinner and a movie at a friend’s – results in slight soreness and an insta-puff … Continue reading

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