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The end of active treatment …

Emotions flood over me in waves. Whenever I think about it, I cannot stop crying. It has been a roller coaster of a journey, and it is now officially over! What do I mean? As of Dec 17th, I’m cancer free. The double mastectomy removed the last bits of cancer from my breasts. The pathology… Read More »

Surgery – Initial impressions and day 2 drama

The first time I looked down at my new breasts (day after surgery, during the first dressing change), my first thought was that they were a little smaller than I expected. Now, I had told me surgeons that I’d be happy with about a 20% reduction in size, but somehow, I didn’t really internalize what… Read More »

My toes … uh … toe nails that is …

This morning I’ll be making a return visit to the dermatologist that specializes in nails (the nail doctor) to have my big toes checked – this time he is actually checking the toes, as the nails are no longer there! From my view, they are healing well and almost ready to be left to their… Read More »

Pathology – What it means …

I’ve gotten pretty good at interpreting what the pathology reports say, but I’m not great at what it means. Just before my oncologist walked into the room I said to Scott – “what I’m afraid of is that he will recommend more chemotherapy”. My oncologist walked into the room and said that he would be… Read More »

Pathology – What it says

On Thursday I received the first of the surgical pathology reports. I’ll get another at the end of the month after my bilateral mastectomy. This one reported on nine tissue samples that were taken on my November 19th surgery. First and foremost, my nodes remain “negative for carcinoma”. In addition, the sub-nipple biopsy also indicates… Read More »

No chocolate or coffee for a month??

Of all the things the resident said, this was the one that stuck – no coffee or chocolate (more specifically, no caffeine) for a month after surgery. You see, caffeine is a vessel constrictor (it makes your blood vessels smaller). Microsurgery involves reattaching things at the vascular level – and as such, you want the… Read More »

Finger tip feelings …

So the neuropathy in my finger tips must be getting better because, when the nail doctor ‘trimmed’ off the bad nails, I was left with areas of my nails having a very odd sensation – and there is no mistaking that I’m feeling it! The doctor trimmed the bad parts but I told him that… Read More »

Swollen ankles and crazy nails

I’ve been experiencing stiffness in my ankles for over a month now (before Hawaii). I blamed neuropathy on the stiffness. It meant that I wasn’t using my ankles properly while walking – causing my calves to get nasty knots in them. In Canada, I discover that using Voltaren cream meant a significant improvement in mobility… Read More »

Doing what I can to improve the experience for others

On Wednesday, November 19th I was wheeled around to various departments as part of my pre-surgery preparation. As part of this, I was seen by mammography, where they placed three wires in my breasts. These wires were guides for the surgeons – to show them where each of my tumor were. When I returned from… Read More »

A surgeon who understands …

We realized that we had not stopped by the tree before my surgery last week. Today, we stopped briefly at the tree. I found myself looking up and reflecting (the picture also shows how my hair is growing back!) … Unlike many of the other eucalyptus trees in the area, this one hasn’t lost much of… Read More »