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2019 (55)

November (5)

Radiation everyday. Happy Thanksgiving : Getting used to radiation every day. I know it's sexist but...it doesnt hurt that my radiology tech...
ANOTHER radiation set-up!: This time they took x-rays with the radiation machine. The whole thing took over an hour!  I did b...
Radiation set-up round 2: Had 3 doctors appointments today. One was to redo my radiation treatment set-up. Everything went wel...
Back to work...again.: Back to work tomorrow. I finally feel less foggy. I'm scheduled to get refitted for my radiation fo...
Expander replaced: Emergency surgery to have my expander replaced with the implant. The expander was leaking badly. Th...

October (8)

Leaky Expander: So, I unexpectedly had to have fluid drained from around my leaking expander today. That was fun. I ...
Test results: The results are in from the Bone scan and CT scan; all clear. Radiation starts next week. Onward! ...
Scans and tests: Yesterday, had 3 tests done. A bone density scan, a nuclear whole body bone scan and a CT scan. Test...
Back to work: Going back to work on monday. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and getting back into the swing...
Plastic surgeon : Saw my plastic surgeon today. I'm not thrilled about the way my mastectomy area looks but I can deal...
Bras: Just came back from buying bras after a mastectomy. Ugh! What a total joy! I actually ended up with ...
Drains out: Got my last drain out! Yippy. They did another fill in my expander. Now I have a long hard road ahea...
Post-op: Saw both surgeons today and had one of my 3 drains removed. Everything is progressing nicely. They d...

September (9)

Recovery weekend : Getting a few visitors this weekend! Something to kill the boredom. Feel free to text or email me. I...
Lymph nodes : Recovering now from my 2nd surgery to remove my lymph nodes. The nerve block only partly worked and ...
Drains Part 2: No drain removal yet :( On the plus side; I'm healing very well. Resting up for more surgery tomor...
Drains: Have an appointment this morning to see the plastic surgeon. Hoping to get my 2 drains removed. ...
A setback; more surgery : Bad news. Further pathology on the lymph nodes they removed has found cancer cells. I need to go bac...
Forgot to add...: They only had to take 2 lymph nodes! And they were cancer free. Had been cancerous before. All good ...
Day after surgery. : I'm doing very well. Hardly any pain. They are in the process of checking me out already. Will be gl...
Dye injection today: Got 4 dye shots injected into the areola of my left breast. I'd put my lidocaine port cream on befor...
Surgery next week: It's one week until my mastectomy. Starting to get nervous. Trying to keep my mind busy with other t...

August (2)

Chemo is over!: Had my last chemo a week ago. Still adjusting to a new schedule. Got lots of flowers and candy from ...
2nd to last chemo: Special thanks to Annette for coming to chemo with me. She packed a GREAT lunch and her company made...

July (5)

Some new symptoms : Nailbeds starting to hurt. Fingertips and especially toes starting to feel numb. The toes are keepin...
3 chemo to go.: After today I have 3 more chemo to go! No issues with the port today; thank God for that. Everything...
Geneticist called: Genetically, I have NO positive markers for breast cancer. That's a good thing. Still makes me wonde...
Port problems: Had some serious issues with my port today. First, the tech missed and it slipped off the side...rea...
Plastic surgeon : Saw my plastic surgeon today. Lots of options to consider. We made some decisions today but I have a...

June (5)

Chemo with Marek: Went to chemo with my son Marek today. The time went by fast...that's always good. Got back home and...
Genetic test: Have to wait 2 to 3 weeks for genetic test results. Depending on results they will reccomend either ...
Surgical oncologist tomorrow: Tomorrow I see the Surgical oncologist. She will likely recommend a single or a double mastectomy. T...
Another Taxol treatment : Just had another chemo treatment. Very boring to just sit there for hours but that's what the treatm...
1st Tax-chemo: Had my 1st Tax-chemo last weds. These will be every week. They still make me so tired; was hoping to...

May (3)

4th chemo is kicking my butt: Can't seem to bounce back from this 4th chemo.  It's really got me down. Hope tomorrow is better. ...
4th and last AC chemo today: Today was my last AC! Wondering what the next twelve T-chemo treatments will bring. REALLY hoping to...
AC chemo #3 finished: This third AC chemo went well. Got to spend some quality time with my sister Andrea. Thanks Ange! Th...

April (6)

Home from work again: This chemo is kicking my butt lately. Seems all I can do is rest. Feeling down. ...
2nd Chemo today: 2nd chemo today. Everything went well, even the stick into the port this time. Now we battle the sid...
Chemo kicked my butt today: Well, chemo kicked my butt today. Had to leave work and go home. Throwing up at work is no fun. We'l...
1st chemo day 3: Day 3. Hanging in there. Keeping up with the antinausea meds has really helped. I'm being very well ...
First Chemo: Had my first chemotherapy yesterday. Everything went like clockwork. The stick really hurt even with...
Chemo-brain testing.: So, I'm part of a cancer research study to determine the effects of chemo on the brain. The tests to...

March (12)

Chemo class: I went to a 1-1/2 hr chemo class. I now know more about Chemotherapy than I ever wanted to. Next ste...
Port, day 2: Had some issues with my port, but it's all taken care of now. Doing better after a few days. ...
Port placement : Got my port put in on Thursday. I got stuck 4 times before they finally got a line in me. The compre...
Port tomorrow : I'm getting a port put in tomorrow for injections, etc. Feeling a little worried about it. Hope all ...
More appointments. : Saw 2 more oncologists today. Need more appointments...chemo class, ekg, port to put in, etc. I offi...
Diagnosis finally!: I met with the surgical oncologist today. I really loved her. So grateful to get someone I feel good...
Sleep: I have a rare case of insomnia. Worried about tomorrow. ...
CT and Bone scans: Had both a CT scan and a bone scan today. Testing to see if the cancer has spread anywhere besides t...
MRI results: MRI showed a 4.5cm tumor and 2 other smaller areas of concern in the same breast. Looks like at leas...
A good weekend: Looking forward to spending the weekend with my daughter Tayler. It will make the waiting game go fa...
MRI : Had the MRI today. Was much tougher than I thought it would be. I was not claustrophobic. I had a ha...
MRI today and more appointments: Today I go for an MRI which will help determine if I am stage II or stage III. Saying prayers. I wi...
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Vital Info

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March 7, 2019

New Berlin, Wisconsin 53151

February 18, 1961

Cancer Info

Breast Cancer

Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

March 5

Stage 2

over 6.1

Grade 1

Positive

Positive

No

Yes

Mastectomy

Taxol (Paclitaxel)

The fatigue!

I am loved by so many people.

Provide simple meals that can be frozen. Please pray for me!

Chemobrain Study. Nerve ending in fat study.

Rest whenever you can.

Stay positive. Pray for patience and acceptance.

Breast distortion and inverted nipple.

Started radiation Nov 26th. 30 treatments.

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