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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…)

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Watch Out for “Chemo Brain”! August 8, 2009

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As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to want to avoid chemotherapy–now they tell us that it can also cause “prolonged effects” with memory and concentration problems known as “chemo brain.” It is medically termed “chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment.”

Some researchers are finding that there might even be a connection between chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes and DNA damage in breast cancer survivors.

More confirmation for me that I made the right choice to skip radiation and chemotherapy (and especially hormone therapy–see my previous blog on this point here) after my breast cancer surgery. (more…)

Why Don’t I Trust Pharmaceutical Companies? August 7, 2009

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Of course I’ve read, heard, and experienced plenty to make me doubt that pharmaceutical companies have our best interests in mind when they develop new medicines, but this little revelation (below) certainly confirms that all they care about, their bottom line, is profit. And, sadly, they will go to any lengths to deceive the public (as well as the medical profession!) into using their products. (And yes, I’m still angry with the big chemical producers–Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and others–the big pharma’s parent companies (more…)

Reponse from L. to message in “Cut!” April 30, 2009

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(This post should actually be following “Cut!” It was in response to the message I sent to all my family and friends)

October 30, 2008

Dear ___________,

This is, indeed, very good news and I am so very happy to hear from you! I really hope you can avoid hormone therapy and chemotherapy but I would listen to their suggestions and weigh the risks. It is fabulous your tumor shrank from 2 cm to 1.7 cm. You are doing something right! (more…)

The C-word Part 5 March 24, 2009

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The doctor continued describing what the diagnosis meant and what my options were. Mostly he talked about 2 choices: 1. lumpectomy followed by radiation or 2. mastectomy, which would not necessarily need to be followed by radiation. Mercifully, he repeated himself to give me time to let it all sink in. I had time, he said, so there was no need to rush to make the decision.
He didn’t know it yet, but from the researching and praying I had already done, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be doing either radiation or chemotherapy nor would I go the hormone therapy route. (more…)