E-MAIL SENT TO GROUP: BRAC 1 AND 2 TEST RESULTS: NEGATIVE

Hello. I have just learned that my BRAC 1 and 2 testing is completely negative. I realize that for most of you this doesn’t mean anything because I didn’t really dwell on it. For my sisters and female cousins, it means you may breathe easier as well although you must continue to be monitored more […]

SUPPLEMENT LIST SENT TO JOE VELTMANN

SH Supplements as of 3/26/2009 Nightly GABA 3000mg (in lieu of Klonopin since 2000) Magnesium 400mg (for PVC’s) Adrenal Support (contains DHEA to help sleep) Relafen (4 herniated discs) Daily – Multivitamin Indole Carbinole (300mg) (to regulate menstrual bleeding) COQ10 (200mg) EPA-DHA (3600mg fish oil) Vitamin D (4000mg) (found to be deficient in blood work) […]

E-MAIL SENT TO GROUP: I FIND OUT THAT THE SURGEON DID NOT GET ALL OF THE TUMOR AND MUST GO BACK IN TO CLEAR THE REST OF IT.

Hello. The surgeon’s office called with the pathology results today. Unfortunately, the ‘margins were not clear’ from the removal of the tumor. I am having surgery again on Tuesday March 31 to Hopefully clear the rest of the tumor. I had 4 sentinel lymph nodes (I did not know there was more than 1). Of […]

E-MAIL SENT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY GROUP: SURGERY #2 – TAKING OUT THE REST OF THE TUMOR AND TAKING APART THE LYMPH NODES IN MY ARM PIT AND THE VERY VERY BAD NEWS OF BEING LYMPH NODE POSITIVE

Hello. Well the good news is that although much more painful, this surgery went far better than the last one on March 2nd as the anesthesiologist concocted a great mix which did not leave me sick for 24 hours. The surgeon did the ‘sentinel lymph node biopsy’ which unfortunately was malignant. It means that the […]

I VISIT WITH GENETIC COUNSELOR FOR BRAC TESTING

Dr. Estabrook has a genetic counselor who asks me to put a family cancer tree together going back 3 generations. This requires extensive research by my mother and father. I learn that I have 2 great aunts on my grandmother’s side who died of cancers. I also have a great uncle who died of lung […]

DR. VELTMANN’S STRESS TEST

I receive the patient intake and some information from Dr. Joe Veltmann. One of the items in the patient intake is a questionnaire regarding stressful events that have happened in your life in the past 3 years. I tick off almost every one of them; a move (in the same neighborhood), house reconstruction (almost every […]

I HAVE A PHONE CONSULT WITH DR. VELTMANN AND LEARN ABOUT HIS ESTROGEN RECEPTOR POSITIVE BREAST CANCER STUDY: MY UNUSUAL BLEEDING & WHY I HAVE CANCER

I call Dr. Veltmann as per Dr. W from Chicago’s instructions. We play phone tag for the day and then I finally reach him as I am pulling out of the North of NYC YMCA’s parking lot. I had gone for my post excise biopsy swim. I go swimming every day as a form of […]

(Written Feb 9, 2010) – I TELL MY BEST FRIENDS I HAVE CANCER

I call my best friend to tell her about my diagnosis. I worry about telling her as it has only been two years since she lost her husband. Three years since she lost her mother. Our other best friend was recently in the hospital with heart problems. I tell her much as I told my […]