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Breast Cancer Awareness

August 13th, 2010


Having three kids and a husband… full-time job. Running a small retail nursery on the side… full-time job. Writing and editing manuscripts when one is a perfectionist… full-time job. Teaching piano lessons… taking a break for the summer. Cleaning house… skip. Weeding flowerbeds… always do before housework. Still seeing cancer doctors… annoying, annoying, annoying. And […]

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August 11th, 2010


… is very expensive. Went to pick it up from the pharmacy finally (I’m getting closer) and found out it’s $600 per month and needs to be pre-authorized. Add pricey to the list of side-effects.  

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August 4th, 2010

I Miss Normal Life

I was kicking around the idea of taking my kids hiking and then out to Snow Goose Produce for an ice cream cone tomorrow, when I remembered that I have another Herceptin treatment. Then, there’s the bone density and MUGA (heart) tests to schedule, the Femara prescription to pick up (maybe), the appointment with the […]

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July 29th, 2010


I’ve had to make so many decisions during this journey through breast cancer. I had another appointment with Dr. Hoffman, the oncologist today, and get to make some more: a) Should I take Femara to help prevent the breast cancer from coming back and add to my list of annoying side effects? b) What day […]

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April 3rd, 2010

One Year & Counting…

It’s been one year since my “advanced breast cancer” diagnosis. Last year at this time, we drove to California for our family’s spring break vacation; today, we are on the Oregon coast. There are worse ways to mark time. Next year, I’d like to go back to California; it’s a bit warmer than here. Year […]

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October 9th, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness #1

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m not sure how other “high-risk” HER2/neu breast cancer patients feel, but there are at least ten reasons why I am aware of the fact that I have this, whether or not it’s October: 1. I am bald. 2. Yesterday, I had Benadryl for breakfast. 3. I am […]

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July 9th, 2009

Welcome to my new blog!

I’m going to summarize the few e-mails that I previously sent out: Cancer Update #1: June 4, 2009 Thank you to everyone for the recent phone calls, e-mails, and cards… I had a port-a-cath put in this morning and will be starting chemo soon. The mastectomy has been put on hold for now. The surgical […]

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