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Still healing
Monday, July 14, 2014      5 comments

I completed my bilateral DIEP/SIEA breast reconstruction on May 13. I'm healing very well except for a small spot on my abdomen which I have to pack twice a day. Until it's closed, I'm restricted from doing more than walking for exercise. I mana... Read more
Toning is working
Thursday, April 03, 2014      4 comments

I have not lost any weight since I started monitoring again in January. But, I have been exercising regularly and for the past month have been working harder on strengthening my core, in preparation for my reconstructive surgery which takes pla... Read more
Toning vs scale
Wednesday, January 01, 2014      6 comments

I consulted with the reconstruction surgeon in November. I asked her how much weight I should lose and still have have enough tissue for the DIEP procedure. She told me not to focus on the scale but rather work on getting toned. She went on to e... Read more
Finished all treatments
Monday, July 08, 2013      8 comments

I'm finally done with all of my treatments. I had my last chemo on January 10, radiation done on March 13, last Herceptin on April 25, and port removed on May 17. My hair has grown back enough that I can forgo a wig or even a hat. I am tr... Read more
Finding normal again
Friday, April 12, 2013      6 comments

I finished my radiation on March 13. I had it twice a day for a month and the fatigue is supposed to start to lift now. I have one more Herceptin infusion on April 25th and then I'll be done with treatments. It will be nice to not have to think ... Read more
Radiation
Saturday, February 02, 2013      9 comments

I will be starting radiation in about two weeks. I will be receiving treatment twice a day, 5 days/wk, 4 1/2 weeks.... Read more
Moving on
Thursday, January 17, 2013      7 comments

I completed my last real chemo infusion this past Thursday. I still have to endure the side effects from it for another week, but at least I know that when I start feeling better this time, it wont be just in time to start a new cycle. My oncolo... Read more
New chemo
Saturday, November 10, 2012      12 comments

I started the second phase of my chemo treatment (Taxotere/Herceptin). I am tolerating this one much better than the red devil. I have to take cortisone for three days so having trouble falling asleep but minor issue compared to the yuck feeling... Read more
losing weight in spite of onc's prediction
Wednesday, October 31, 2012      8 comments

I got on the scale yesterday and found that I had broke under 170. I was just a little over 180 when I started my chemo. This is not a drastic weight loss, as I've been on this chemo since mid-August so I'm only averaging 1 lb per week. ... Read more
Goodbye red devil
Saturday, October 20, 2012      7 comments

I had the last of my Adriamycin/Cytoxen (AC) infusions this past Thursday. Next is Taxotere and Herceptin. I already had 8 infusions of Herceptin with Tykerb prior to my surgery and tolerated it well. My oncologist said that the Taxotere should... Read more
Update
Wednesday, October 10, 2012      8 comments

I'm down 3 infusions and have one more to go of the adriamycin/cytoxen then will be switching over to Taxotere and Herceptin. I hope those two will be less harsh. My mom will be coming to stay with me in mid November through the first week of Ja... Read more
1st chemo
Wednesday, August 22, 2012      12 comments

I had my first round of chemo this past Thursday, Agust 16. The day of the chemo was nothing. I even went shopping at Costco after the infusion. It wasn't until later in the evening, when I developed a headache some indigestion. Both stayed wit... Read more
update - August 13, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012      5 comments

It's been over a month since my mastectomy and so far I have healed well without any complications. I had initially lost 3.75 following the surgery (that's how much the removed breast tissue weighed), but I somehow managed to gain it back and s... Read more
Post-surgery
Tuesday, July 17, 2012      11 comments

I had my surgery on July 3rd. All went well. I had clear margins and only 4 of 27 lymph nodes were cancerous. I see the oncologist next week to discuss when I start chemo.... Read more
Ticking clock
Thursday, June 21, 2012      7 comments

I'm counting down the days for surgery now. I can't believe I started her2 targeted treatment almost 6 months ago. It doesn't seem like that much time has passed. I wonder if I'll feel the same when I look back on the hard chemo months. At ... Read more

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