(WRITTEN JAN 18, 2010): MY FIRST CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy. At least the suspense is over…My Husband and I go together. WE take a video machine and an old video, but we don’t have 2 of the right headphones so we listen to it very quietly. My Husband orders sweet potato fries from the deli I love down the street. The volunteers come by […]

E-MAIL SENT TO ‘BREAST CANCER’ ONCOLOGIST DOCTOR MOORE

Dear Dr. M, My husband and I saw you several days ago. I was considering if there was a doctor located closer to my home where I could have chemotherapy and you referred me to Dickerman Hollister. I met Dr. Hollister yesterday and was very relieved to meet him and enjoy his well-run practice. I […]

TELLING MY ELDEST SON, MY OLDEST SON, ABOUT THE CANCER: MOST DIFFICULT DAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE

I have been thinking about how to tell My Eldest Son about the cancer since the first minute I heard it when he was in the car with me. I have read about how to do it, I have worried about it and have decided to talk to him in the car as per expert […]

I FINALLY CHOOSE MY ONCOLOGIST

Dr. Hollister’s waiting room is the first breast surgery/oncology waiting room that is not unbelievably unpleasant and the first one that is well run. Dr. Hollister is a kind man with a good sense of humor and a complete willingness to discuss statistics honestly with us. He urges me to begin chemo right away, but […]

E-MAIL SENT TO GROUP: WHY MUST I HAVE CHEMOTHERAPY?

Hello. A belated Happy Easter Here is an update on my status. First, regarding my stress level, I am very happy to announce to all of you that my friend, Jack, has miraculously been released from captivity in Asia. If evidence is required of the ability of people to overcome bad things, I can’t think […]

I HAVE A TOTAL BODY BONE SCAN WITH RADIOACTIVE DYE

More fasting in order to be shot up with radioactive dye in order to find out if the cancer has spread. Again, completely and totally surreal. This time I was more prepared, and it was less stressful. There is no way to tell which will be more stressful in advance, the hospital environment or the […]

TEST RESULTS FROM VELTMANN: SNPs on GENES RESULTS IN ESTROGEN METABOLISM IMPAIRMENT: IMPAIRED ESTROGEN METABOLISM PLUS FERTILITY MEDICATIONS RESULT IN BREAST CANCER

I receive test results from Dr. Veltmann. I open the documents and try to read through them. They may as well be written in Mandarin and I have absolutely no idea what they mean. We schedule a time to review and after he spends nearly 2 hours explaining my test results to My Husband and […]