• The Cancer
  • By the numbers

    When the surgeon called to share the pathology results I was not taking notes.  I also forgot to ask a few questions like staging.  Monday was my post-op follow-up with the breast surgeon so I had the opportunity to talk with her and ask my questions. Overall, she said I’m going good.  I was “reprimanded” […]

  • The Cancer
  • Check Yourself

    One question I am asked frequently is, “So did they find this on a routine screening?” It is a logical question to ask.  I turned 40 last year.  The guideline is that women should begin receiving yearly mammograms at age 40.  I can’t remember for the life of me why I never scheduled the screening. […]

  • The Cancer
  • Nothing is fair in cancer

    Last night was the first moment I’ve had that I came to the realization that this thing might actually kill me.  Mind you I have no intention of giving up and I am fighting like hell to make sure that doesn’t happen.  However, there comes a moment in every cancer patient’s life where you realize […]

  • The Cancer
  • Not a hero

    I’ll be honest, I’m not in this to be a rockstar.  I had no intention of being the bigger badass cancer patient.  I’m not on a mission to get my drains pulled before anyone else or push myself to stop taking the pain killers as soon as possible.  I hear time and time again, “you […]

  • The Cancer
  • Survival of the Fittest

    I like to know what’s going on, or at least what’s going to happen.  Prior to surgery I spent many hours trying to find tips and advice from those who have gone before me.  There are not many articles written by those who have had a bilateral mastectomy on account of actually having the cancer. […]

  • The Cancer
  • All’s well in no-boob land

    It is my third day home and I was given permission, before I left the hospital, to remove my bandages on day 3.  This meant I could shower!  3 days of funk was getting to me.  Let’s be honest.  I’m a wash my hair every day kind of girl. Yesterday I took it pretty easy. […]

  • The Cancer
  • Step 1 done

    When I met with the doctors at Cancer Care Alliance they were in agreement with my treatment plan.  The schedule was surgery first.  Then they’d make the decision about chemo and radiation.  Those depended on wether or not there were cancer cells in the lymph nodes.  The call came down to the family during surgery […]

  • Elle's World
  • When you have to face the music

    My lovely friend, Camille, came to visit me yesterday.  We chatted and laughed.  At one point she said, “I didn’t know what to expect when I got here.”  Meaning, she didn’t know what state I’d be in. I don’t think any one knows what to expect when they show up or call.  My mom has […]

  • The Cancer
  • Tests and results

    I read a cute little comic about being a cancer patient.  In it, it mentions gone are the 9-5 work weeks that don’t come with a “sick day.”  Oh ain’t it the truth.  I can’t remember the last time I worked a full 5 days of the week.  My weeks consist of teaching, writing sub […]