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A Trip to the ER, aka, the Day the Shit Hit the Fan

Six years ago today (April 19, 2010), I decided to get my ass into the ER due to what I thought were heart attack symptoms. I was visiting my dad at the time trying to help him out with some spring cleaning. My dad lives about three hours from my house, so when I think back on it, it was a pretty dumb decision I made that day to hop in my car, drive home (alone) and head to the ER. What if it had been a heart attack, for crying out loud?  (more…)

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What Is the Breast Cancer Index (BCI) Test?

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer and discussing chemotherapy with my first oncologist (yeah, I’ve had five, but who’s counting?), we talked about the Oncotype DX® Test. This test helps determine risk for distant recurrence in some early-stage, estrogen-positive breast cancers. It is used to help decide if a patient will benefit from chemotherapy or if hormone therapy will likely be enough. I wanted this test.  (more…)

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Aromatase Inhibitors, 5 Years, Now What? Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have passed the five year mark of being on an aromatase inhibitor. So now what? I have decided I am going to stay on Aromasin. I do not know how long I will stay on it, but I am going to hang in there for a while longer. I want to stress that my decision should not necessarily be your decision. Believe me, I get it if you decide something different. I totally understand and respect the decisions others make regarding these meds. Many women (and men) do not stay on for the full five years. Some of us, me included, take breaks. Others skip a pill here and there (Yes, I have done that). Still others, pop that darn little white pill no matter what and do not understand how anyone could consider not doing so.  (more…)

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Do You Sometimes Feel Defeminized By Cancer?

Does this sound like a loaded question or what? I think it’s a very interesting one, and it’s one I have been thinking about for a long time. Cancer changes things. It just does. One day I was trying to make a list of areas of my life that have not been impacted by cancer, and I couldn’t come up with much to put on my list. So again, cancer changes things. Does it change everything? Well, maybe not everything, but it comes pretty darn close, or at least it feels like it on some days, right? (more…)

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Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn't Make Me a Better Person

Ten Goals for My Memoir

In this post, I want to share the goals I have for my memoir, Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A memoir about cancer as I know it. I don’t have a ton of goals, but I have some. One goal I do not have is to be on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Whew, that takes a lot of pressure off. Just kidding. But seriously, I do have some goals that are important to me and I hope they are important to some of you, my dear readers, as well. (more…)

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