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One in a Thousand…

The morning after, and I was up early, taking care of the last minute chores, emptying out the garbage and the compost; running the vacuum one last time; drinking as much fluid (and a couple of cups of black coffee) … Continue reading

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The Patchwork Girl, Falling Apart

I’ve been figuring out the patches over the last couple of months, learning all the little tricks that go along with any new regime. Things like the .1 patches don’t adhere that well -they’re just too large – but if … Continue reading

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Went to the Doctor and the Doctor said…

She wasn’t best pleased with the increased dose; understandable, since she had been somewhat reluctant to prescribe to begin with, as any reputable doctor would be, given my recent medical history. However, she ordered some blood tests to make sure … Continue reading

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Patching myself back together

I saw the endocrinologist today, and – lo and behold! – I left with a scrip for Climara, a low dose (.0375 mg per day) estrogen patch. It was not a decision she made lightly, and she wants me to … Continue reading

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three down, two to go

One more doctor down – an equally lovely doctor in her own way, Dr. Lorilee Schoenbeck, and equally unwilling to prescribe. She offered me the possibility of black cohosh and ayurvedic remedies*, soothing salves made from calendula and cocoa butter, … Continue reading

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Pillar to Post

And back again. Lovely though Dr. Everett (the onco/gyno) was, she was NOT the right doctor for me and my delicate condition- and so I’ve been passed down the line. Onward to the endocrinologist and naturopath! It’s a less than … Continue reading

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Looking at Cherry Blossoms from a Distance

The dreaded meeting went much better than planned, though I’m still not best pleased with my oncologist. Still, I didn’t have to fight; nor weep*; nor list my symptoms ad nauseum; nor threaten to go under the counter if need … Continue reading

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turn and return

I’ll be going to see my oncologist this coming Thursday for the normal scheduled check-up. I’m utterly dreading this – not because of the perhaps more usual fear of recurrence (I’m really not concerned; if there’s anything brewing in my … Continue reading

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Six Months After

Six months ago I had my last patient visit to the chemo lounge and my last infusion of cytoxin, taxotere, and steroids; my last little lie-down on the radiation couch was almost four months ago. My whole mad cancer adventure … Continue reading

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Just a Dash of Estradiol

Most everything’s the same, and yet everything’s different – I’m still having hot flashes, and night sweats, and general body aches, none of that has altered; the old problems are all still there, along with some new ones but – and, … Continue reading

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