Finishing touches for my (breast) cancerversary

On September 14, 2017, I woke early in the morning with the breasts God gave me. Now, one year later, I have a reconstructed chest with silicone gel implants. I had intended to celebrate today as my one year cancer-free anniversary, but melanoma interfered. I still celebrated being free of breast cancer -- and getting…

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One year ago

One year ago today, I officially learned I had breast cancer. (I was pretty sure I had it one year ago from yesterday, because my doctor's office called and said they had the results of my biopsy and should come in to discuss them. Hello! If the biopsy should no abnormalities or only things of…

A new normal

On August 17, 2017, I received my breast cancer diagnosis. More than nine months from that day, I've gained a new normal in my life. Despite my total freak out (not completely unexpected, I suppose) when I learned I had melanoma on April 17, I calmed down within a few days of that. (And WOW…

Melanoma-no-more

As I wrote a few days ago, I recently received a new cancer diagnosis. Unlike the first cancer (K1 anaplastic non-Hodgkins lymphoma) but like the second (ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)), this was found during a routine screening and is stage 0 (has not spread). Thank God – again – that the cancer is not…

No more dog ears!

I saw my PS, Dr. S today, and he removed my dog ear "flaps" with a "nip/tuck," procedure, essentially just cutting off the wedge shapes and sewing my skin closed. I chose to do the procedure in his office primarily to save money and to avoid anesthesia. (It's a new insurance year, so I have…

Melanomoref%*ingcancer!

"You have melanoma." Those are words I didn't expect to hear. Especially not now. Not from a teeny tiny (but dark) freckle. Alas, that's the diagnosis I received today. It's not as bad as it sounds. I have melanoma in situ. In English, that means it's stage 0 and still is confined to the upper layers…

Post-mastectomy cancer check

I saw my breast surgeon today for my first cancer check after my bilateral mastectomy on September 14 of last year. Why a cancer check when I have no breasts? Because it is possible that some breast tissue can remain after a mastectomy, thus there's a small chance that I could still have cancer (or…

Happy days

I haven't written in several weeks, so for those still following, I'm happy these days. I continue to exercise, although not necessarily five mornings each week. (Last Friday, I had the day off of work but had many errands; today I was concerned about road conditions after freezing rain.) I've been keeping up with strength…

On my nerves

On Sunday night, I started feeling pain in my right "dog ear" (remaining skin and fat under my arm at the end of each incision). It hurt bad enough that I took one of my remaining prescription pain pills -- weeks after I stopped taking them. On Monday, the pain continued. It wasn't continuous, but…

An update — with many topics

It's been more than a week since I wrote, and so much has happened. I've got a million topics on my brain, so once again, I must apologize: This might be a scrambled mess of random thoughts and updates. Still, I find writing so cathartic, and I'm still hopeful this might help others who have,…

PS gave the all clear; future procedure TBD

I saw my plastic surgeon today, and he gave me the "all clear." In other words, I no longer have any weight or exercise limits, so long as I let pain be my guide. (If it really hurts, don't do it.) Three nights ago, I again tried to sleep on my side. I woke up…