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restless leg syndrome in my arm

A day of sleep and eating oatmeal. That was my Sunday. Not bad on the oatmeal part, however, as I love thick-cut, old-fashioned oatmeal. I can barely even look at quick oats, which seem so icky and mushy. Thick oatmeal … Continue reading

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easing side effects from radiation treatment

The nausea seems to be diminishing, and the golf ball in my throat is softening. I was able to eat today with much less of that feeling that food was getting caught in my throat. The fatigue seems to be … Continue reading

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Xgeva 14 and exemestane 1

It was a relief to sleep past 4:30 am today, having finished my radiation treatments yesterday and being able to snooze past 6:00 am. The days of my jumping out of bed at any time are pretty much behind me … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 10 of 10

I recently posted with links to information about the Varian® Trilogy machine that has delivered my radiation treatment this time. The technology is called linear acceleration, and I’m again providing the link to the scientific description via video on YouTube. … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 8 and 9 of 10

Yesterday I met with the radiation oncologist for the last time during this treatment. We discussed the time it will take to assess the results of the radiation treatment and what the options would be depending on that outcome. In … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation holiday

With Presidents’ Day the radiology oncology clinic gave me the day off. No treatment today, and then three more days of concentrated radiation administered in a fewer number of days. With the holiday from treatment I spent some time running … Continue reading

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2012 annual LA international pen show

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The Los Angeles International Pen Show convenes every February. Pen companies from around the world attend this popular show that features antiques, new old stock and brand new stock. My acquisition of fountain pens began many years ago while working … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 7 of 10

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As usual, my husband dropped me off this morning for my radiation treatment on his way to work. That means I arrive at Chao around 6:00 and have some time until my appointment at 7:15; mine is the first treatment … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 5 and 6 of 10

I am marking off the days as they speed by on the way to completion. I am also extra vigilant, waiting to notice the difference in pain from the effects of the radiation. It does not seem to be changed … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 4 of 10

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Early morning the radiation oncology clinic is quiet except for the handful of employees setting up their Varian® treatment machines. Omar, my technician is preparing for his first patient of the day: guess who. By the time we start around … Continue reading

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research: PHTrP identified at high levels in metastatic breast cancer growth

A team of researchers led by Dr. Richard Kremer from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has identified a possible target for slowing the spread of breast cancer. The newly identified target, parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP),  … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 2 of 10

Yesterday was day two of ten radiation treatment sessions, and it felt like the cement roller made a few passes over me. My first radiation was in 2004, too long ago to remember the details. So, I looked back to … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 1 of 10

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I started radiation treatment today. Just like I wrote the other day, I felt like I was in a space module as the machine rotated around me with varying sounds. From time to time the table beneath me wiggled a … Continue reading

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weekend before starting chemo

What a great start to the last weekend before I begin chemo next Wednesday. Marvin wouldn’t tell me what we were going to do today and then took me for a manicure and pedicure; it was wonderful. I can’t really … Continue reading

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scheduled for PowerPort and chemo

My hemonc nurse called today with my schedule. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, I’ll get my PowerPort® early in the morning. After that they will wheel me over to the infusion center where I’ll get my first weekly dose of chemo. … Continue reading

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PET scan results

Vacillating between optimism and fear, I was anxiously awaiting today’s appointment. My hemonc reported the news. She said the PET scan showed two more spots of cancer: one is on my fifth rib and the other is at my eleventh … Continue reading

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fear

Tomorrow I go to see my hematology oncologist. We’ll find out about my chemo plan. Also, I’ll get the results of my PET scan, which I had on 3/24/09, the same day as my surgery follow-up.  I haven’t stopped thinking … Continue reading

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youtube–placing metal bars in patient’s spine

If you’re into this sort of thing–and I have at least two friends who are–check out the link I added to the medical information section in the margin of my blog here to the BBC’s posting on youtube of a … Continue reading

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radiation burn–WARNING yucky photo :)

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I’m glad my doctor warned me that the effects of the radiation would get worse before they get better, even after the radiation treatment ended. My back is quite a mess. I’m posting a photo for others who may be … Continue reading

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face the lion

a silent sneaky lion creeps into my path veering me sideways regain my footing with inelegant movement dazed and caught off guard struggling to keep my balance i teeter and wave planting a wide stance with an air of strength … Continue reading