I started doing some research on death by guillotine because Bridget Hardy, a character in my upcoming novel “Ambassador” will enter the Next World this way. As writers, we are always told “write what you know” and as Captain Obvious would state, I don’t have first hand experience with this. But I have experienced some … More Guillotine Practice
In honor of my friend Dawn’s birthday, I promised I would dedicate today’s blog to her work to provide safer products for families. They don’t test on animals. There is a list of chemicals that they never use in their products that are banned in Europe, but not in the USA! These are chemicals that … More Avoiding toxic chemicals in makeup and skin care
Well now all the hoopla is over. I made it through the surgery, the breast reconstruction. The wounds have healed, the pain is gone. But the bombardment of letters, cards, gifts, and homemade meals are gone too. I do miss that; it must be what it’s like to be a beloved celebrity. All that attention. … More My post-cancer life
As you know, I am recovering from mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. I’ve had bumps in the road, successes, a step forward and two steps back. But yesterday, well yesterday–I haven’t invented a category for it it. Hey, are you still reading? Good. I’m glad you stopped by to visit me. I retained a lot … More A personal note for my readers only
Hi, Bailey here. I just found out my mom doesn’t need to have Chemo! She has been sleeping in the living room on a strange looking bed, with some kind of weird noise that makes it go up and down. I don’t mind though, because it’s no much easier for me to wake up Mom … More Bailey has good news for you
It’s been just over a month since I had my mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. I am able to get up out of bed more easily. I can make myself small meals like fried eggs and toast. I am still not supposed to do heavy lifting (Like getting the huge spaghetti sauce pot from the … More Out and About, and finding my brain.
I have three aliens that live with me. They are just here for a short visit, and will be packing up and leaving on Wednesday. They are like most guests; wanted at first, their presence is comforting. But as time goes on, I just want your house back and my life back to normal. They … More The aliens will be leaving on Wednesday.
When I saw “Anonymous” in the caller id screen, I assumed it was a telemarketer. Normally, I let these calls go to the black hole that is my voicemail. But I was feeling fiesty, and I decided to pick up the phone. “Speak,” I mocked. “Hello, this is Dr. S. I am calling for SueAnn.” Whoops. … More Anonymous called. So I answered the phone.
Roughly two weeks ago, I had major surgery: a mastectomy of my right breast and breast reconstruction. The surgery took 12 hours. Joan, on the other hand, experienced a “routine” procedure in a clinic, and died. My procedure consisted of removal of my breast (due to cancer) and reconstruction, which involved microsurgery. The surgeon extracted … More I underwent surgery the same week as Joan Rivers, but I woke up.
Any car salesman knows that once the customer has walked off the lot, he’s lost the sale. A savvy car buyer knows: always be ready to walk away. I did not realize that my best negotiating skills were necessary to maneuver through the process of mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. I was diagnosed with breast … More Am I having a mastectomy or buying a used car?
I should not use the word “my” in front of breast cancer. It’s not my possession, I don’t want to own it. It is an enemy who has invaded my body. It has no right to be there. It’s an outsider, an intruder. A Facebook “friend” of mine sent me two books which detail natural alternatives … More Update on “my” breast cancer
Good morning. I had to go back to the surgeon on Monday, as they needed to draw blood to send for Genetic Testing to see if the kind of cancer I have is hereditary. If it is, they will recommend a mastectomy on the “good” (left) breast in order to ‘prevent’ cancer on that breast. … More Update on my upcoming breast cancer surgery
I have been diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, which means that the breast cancer has spread beyond the milk ducts, and into the surrounding breast tissue. I thought that I only had two options: Mastectomy, then implants to form a “new” breast. Mastectomy, no implants, but use a prosthesis which is inserted into bra. I decided, … More I just learned about another option for Breast Cancer Patients
After receiving a diagnosis of cancer, a mature Christian would either hit the floor with his knees and pray up a storm, or mediate on healing promises. Instead, I asked my husband to buy me ice cream, and I binged on two days worth of Jack Bauer. While I should be going to The Secret … More Yes, the cancer is back.
My mother-in-law has myloma, cancer of the blood. I take her for her Chemo treatment every other week. Remarkably, she hasn’t had the terrible nausea and vomiting that many patients experience. I’m very grateful for that. While we sit in the waiting room, usually we are held captive by the television which is spewing some … More In The Chemo Waiting Room
I remember the day the doctor’s office called me and said, “Can you come in today?” I knew she was not inviting me for tea and crumpets; I knew what that call meant. I was fortunate; the cancer was found early by a mammogram. It was called “stage 0” cancer. I had surgery to remove … More Five years after breast cancer
—- NOTE: The names have been changed to protect the innocent and disguise the guilty. ————– I lie on the cold metal table, feeling the burn of the radiation. I had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and I had a Lumpectomy, which is surgery to remove a small mass of Cancer while leaving the breast mostly … More The Summer of Cancer and Custody Battles