Category Archives: Breast Cancer

Good News – No Radiation Therapy Needed

I had my follow up appointment with the Radiation Therapy physician to find out if he thought I would need to go through the radiation therapy treatments after reviewing my pathology report from surgery. 

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Waves of Sadness

A sadness falls over me today in waves that I can’t explain.  I’m surrounded by the beauty of the beach and yet my heart aches like it feels death.  A longing perhaps, for another time, another place.

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My First Chest Expansion

I woke with a migraine.  I’ve been getting them ever since I had surgery and they’ve been really intense.  I believe it might be because of the medications I’ve been on and my body getting them out of my system.

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Forever Changed

Sharing my story hasn’t come easy for me, journaling about it is easy but sharing it, not so much.  It’s personal, it’s painful and it’s been life changing.

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Dogwood

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The Importance of Tomosynthesis for Patients with Dense Breast Tissue

Please note these are my opinions and I’m not a physician.  My opinion comes from my experience and circumstances only.

Many people have asked me about the discovery of my breast cancer.  Did I feel it?  Was it on an annual mammogram or a doctor’s visit?

For me, my breasts have always been lumpy and one more lump didn’t really feel any different than another. I’ve done self breast exams but probably not with the intent of really knowing what I should feel.  I’ve had multiple cysts over the years and if my OB/GYN doctor didn’t feel anything unusual during my annual visits, then why would I feel something different?

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A Week After Surgery

I awoke this morning feeling like a Mack Truck ran over me in the night. I’m stiff and sore and obviously, the pain meds have worn off.  It hurts to move.  It hurts to lie still.  It’s been a week since my surgery and although I have more mobility in my arm, my chest is screaming from tightness.

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Warmth For My Soul

The weather has turned warm this day in winter, where it had barely been above the freezing mark, it sits at 60 degrees. How blessed am I to be able to sit in the sun and bathe my body in it’s warmth?

Peach blossoms
Peach blossoms

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It’s Winter in My Heart

It’s winter in my heart.  A lonely, barren, cold place today.  I search inside of me for signs of life, but the sun hasn’t shone here for days, weeks maybe and the bulbs of my heart are holding tightly to the dark, wet dirt of my soul.

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My Breast Cancer Surgery

I’ve thought a lot about what to share on my breast cancer surgery.  I want it to be informative, a little about the emotional side and a little bit of humor thrown out there in order to capture the experience in a way that’s meaningful, but still reflects my own personal experience and personality.

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Early Morning Thoughts and a Cup of Coffee

I like to rise early and enjoy a cup of coffee, sit in the quiet before my day begins and the hustle of life kicks into high gear.  I have much in my head these days, and ponder life and meaning often.  Cancer can do that to you I guess, redirect your focus, change your priorities and cause you to question everything about your life. 

I wish my coffee looked this pretty every morning!
I wish my coffee looked this pretty every morning!

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