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Category: Heart and Mind


I will never forget the jumble of emotions that I experienced when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. In a distant way, I knew that I was now facing a life-threatening illness, but foremost in my mind was the Read more…


Since being diagnosed with breast cancer over 3 years ago, I have made myself a layman expert on the subject.  Particularly in the early days, I did extensive reading on the nature of breast cancer, treatments for breast cancer, outcomes Read more…


I am often asked by people (including health care professionals) questions like…”When are you going to have your port taken out?” or “How much longer are you going to be taking Herceptin treatments?”.  Depending on my mood, who I am Read more…


My previous entry was my final Caring Bridge post.  It has been almost a year since being treated for brain metastases.  My life since then has been mostly about monitoring.  I have MRI scans of my brain and PET scans Read more…


Hello everyone…just wanted to give everyone a quick update. Had a clean PET scan last week…feeling great about that! My MRI is scheduled for the 18th of this month. If all is well there, I can breath again for another Read more…


I completed Gamma Knife radiation yesterday. The worst part was the affixing of the head frame in the beginning. Ouch. But once it was on and the pressure subsided, it was not too bad. The rest of the procedure was Read more…


Went to see the neurosurgeon yesterday that worked on my back in December. He was very pleased with healing he has observed so far. He did not recommend a specific physical therapy regimen but recommended that I spend the next Read more…


Received great care at UC Davis but it is so good to be home.


Everyone has signed off…just waiting for nurse to detach me from everything and my sisters to get here to pick me up and I am good to go. They have taken really good care of me here but I am Read more…


Just chillin down and the hospital. Rewatched all available seasons of Downton Abbey, started watching a new series to…Lark Rise to candelford…pretty good. Also watched my favorite adaptation of Pride of Prejudice…the one with Colin Firth. Just bought Sex and Read more…