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clean and confident

Today I met with my primary care physician because neurosurgery informed me yesterday at 3:00 pm that I needed a preoperative clearance. After somehow managing to obtain an appointment this morning, I showed up early for the appointment this morning. … Continue reading

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UPDATE surgery to the disk between C6 and C7

While I went for my test for clotting today at the infusion center, I received a phone call from the neurosurgeon. Apparently, my vertebra is pressing on the spinal cord; all of the fluid is squeezed out of the area, … Continue reading

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down time after the rush

After yesterday’s events and, especially the mental strain of trying to understand films and options, today was a very wasteful day for me of moving from sofa to very brief stints at the computer and back to the sofa. I … Continue reading

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UPDATE cancer progression: T1 fracture and cord compression

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Today we met with my neuro-oncologist at Chao Cancer Center to learn the results of the MRI of the brain and spine. It was good news and bad news. The good news was the MRI showed no mets to the … Continue reading

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glass half full

planning to ignore / cancer’s steady companion / i leave it outside ♦ enter my safe zone / while sipping a glass half full / of sweet love and peace ♦ ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     … Continue reading

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escape with words

filling my day with / carefree calligraphy while / writing poetry ♦ bright inks entice me / to meditate with words a / cancer free escape ♦ ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦ 5 6 7 … Continue reading

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first steps of project discovery: CT and MRI completed

I arrived at UCIMC at 9:30 am, ready if not in spirit, in body to go through the motions scheduled by all those interested in finding answers. First stop was the infusion center to get a dose of fluids in … Continue reading

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ms brave heart

ms brave heart stopped by / reminding me of beauty / in love and support ♦ ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦ 5 6 7 8 © 2004–2012 Donna Peach. All rights reserved.

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CT and MRI scans scheduled

Wandering from wondering to scheduling to wondering . . . that’s how my mind felt all day. Unable to focus. Needing a place to feel a sense of calm, of peace. Today the imaging department called to inform me the … Continue reading

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metastasis on the move

What is the best way to deal with this disease when it jumps on its journey traveling around the body ready to jump off somewhere unknown. I usually refuse to think about it at all. I ignore it at all … Continue reading

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seeking ms brave heart

only more questions / pursue me as the day goes / ignore them and sleep ♦  possible brain mets / or leptomeningeal mets /  might be the reason ♦ numbness here, pain there / need more tests to determine / the cause … Continue reading

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silent partners

holding my head up / barely awake i hide from / conscious fearsome thoughts  ♦ avoiding times of  / urgent decisions about / this sweet life of love ♦ not one word about / diagnosis, prognosis  / just choices for meals ♦ dancing … Continue reading

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Xgeva 15, exemestane complete week 4

It was a long day at UCIMC. I started with an ophthalmology consult that could not happen because a first-time appointment requires two hours; I had only 40 minutes until my next appointment. It was a glitch, obviously, that the … Continue reading

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UPDATE: consults tomorrow at cancer center

Tomorrow morning shortly after 8:00 am I start with appointments at Chao Cancer Center. I have one appointment after the other until around noon. I will meet also with my radiation oncologist for the consult about the cancer growing in … Continue reading

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METAvivor grant application info: take with you to your treatment center

Last night several of us in the metastatic breast cancer community participated in n online conference at Twitter. We intend to gather regularly to discuss, to plan and to implement ways of pressing forward the agenda of the MBC community. … Continue reading

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women with purpose

together we grow / strength of women with purpose / while stifling our fear ♦   ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦ 5 6 7 8 © 2004–2012 Donna Peach. All rights reserved.

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dance partners

step by step you guide / me holding my hand firmly / keeping me steady ♦ no expectation / no choreography we / dance in harmony ♦ thoughtful exchanges / shared in a glance and silent  / synchronicity ♦ words cannot escape / … Continue reading

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time out

I slept off and on throughout the morning till the hip pain eased up. Then, instead of spending the day doing research on cancer, I took the day off and enjoyed the quiet time with my husband, reading, talking about … Continue reading

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progression: lumbar vertebrae and sacrum

The waiting this week finally came to an end. This afternoon my oncologist called me to discuss the results of my brain and my lower back MRI performed on Tuesday. While the MRIs were not performed with contrast and are … Continue reading

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marzipan to the rescue

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My mother-in-law, brother-in-law and his lovely wife and two beautiful daughters always send me the sweetest cheer-me-ups. When we first met, Marvin told them that I like marzipan, a confection that is not readily found here unless you buy it … Continue reading