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It’s Been a While/Mammograms–Just an Option? September 25, 2010

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I’m still here! I fully intend to get back to my blogging one of these days–I’ve heard that quite a few bloggers don’t last very long and I understand the challenge it is to keep it up, but I’m going to keep trying. One of these days, I’m even going to finish my personal cancer story, which I’ve titled “Choosing Cancer”. Don’t hold your breath–it may still be a while.

In the meantime, I couldn’t resist the temptation to post the article I just read in the New York Times called, “Mammograms’ Value in Cancer Fight at Issue”. As I’ve written before, I discovered the tumor in my breast myself and wish I’d never done the mammogram as other means of examining (more…)


Chapters 9-12 Posted July 7, 2009

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Chapters 9 through 12 have been posted in my book-style story of my cancer journey, which I’ve titled “Choosing Cancer–My Story”. Yes, I will, sooner or later, get around to explaining why I’ve called it that. For now, there are some interesting points in the 4 most recent chapters: “Chapter 9, Biopsy Results–Good News!“, “Chapter 10, In Remission (And Confusion!)“, “Chapter 11, Questions for L.”, and “Chapter 12, Encouragement from L.”

Please do read them and feel free to comment or ask questions. Some things have changed since originally writing this material, (more…)

Cut! April 26, 2009

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Many of my friends and family replied with relief and support to my announcement that I would be admitted for surgery and my request for prayer, so, of course I was very encouraged and entered the hospital without fear and full of faith. I had that peace of mind that comes only when we’re trusting Jesus completely. I knew I was in His hands and nothing would happen without His allowing it for my good somehow, because He loves me. Long ago I chose Him as my Master, my Anchor and my Friend, and I trust Him completely—as my Husband—even until death. (Death is not the end anyway–the best is yet to come! it’s only a door to the beginning of a truly Heavenly life! So what is there to fear?) (more…)

To Cut or Not to Cut (and how deep!) April 25, 2009

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Sorry–I must have been tired! I just realized the last 2 posts of my email exchanges with L. got posted too soon, so I thought I’d better explain something major(!) that took place earlier in October…my decision regarding surgery!

I visited a Vietnamese doctor who specializes in internal medicine, specifically stomach problems. He had helped me with my viral gastritis at the end of 2006 and when my husband asked his advice in April 2008 about a lymphoma on his back, he offered to do the surgery, which went very well. We’ve known him for some time, so asked his advice about the breast cancer. (more…)

The C-word, Part 3 March 21, 2009

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There are a number of big, expensive hospitals that foreigners usually go to here and I was familiar with a few names, Columbia, Family Medical Practice, International SOS, International Medical Centre, etc., but knew next to nothing about them.
There are also lots of good Vietnamese hospitals and probably plenty more not-so-good ones. I had a little experience with a couple of Vietnamese hospitals. I’d visited one when my husband had finally, after about 15 years, had a large lymphoma (more…)