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Is scheduled for April 4. I’ll be sedated (thank heavens for small favors).


I have to get blood work drawn in advance of my biopsy…INT PTT for you medical types. Helps them to ensure that my blood clots normally. So heading to the UCD facility in Elk Grove to get that taken care Read more…


Got the preliminary PET scan results. Now I have to have a lung biopsy to determine if the spots they see are cancer or something else. This involves sticking a very long needle into my lung guided by a CT Read more…


Well – here is the deal from the post op… First – I have to have another surgery – they found cancer cells in the “healthy” tissue margins they removed during the lumpectomy. They also found cancer cells in all Read more…


February 27th finally arrived – the appointment day with my surgical oncologist. He confirmed my interpretation of the biopsy results.  I had an aggressive, HER2+, ER+, and PR+ tumor.  In simple terms, the tumor was fueled by a HER2 growth Read more…


Waiting for a call from UC Davis was awful. Waiting particularly sucks for Type A’s like myself who like to take control and make things happen.  I generally try and be a patient person, but in this particular instance, I Read more…


I went back to work on the 6th. Even though very few people knew, I felt different.  I felt like I had a big C planted on my chest.  It was a very emotional day…providing the details to my boss, Read more…


I was driving to work on February 2, 2012 when my cell phone rang. It was my doctor and she said “I need you to come in and see me”.  I knew immediately that it was bad news.  I said Read more…


The dreaded “needle biopsy” day arrived on January 30, 2012. My husband drove me to the place.  I went in and the radiology technician explained in detail how the procedure is done.  Other than perhaps providing me a bit too Read more…


I was having a great time with my family and even managed to put the whole medical issue on the back burner for a while.  But finally – I couldn’t stand it, I had to call in to see if Read more…