I admittedly have been avoiding writing another blog post for weeks now. Words fall out of my head before they can get down to my mouth (or my typing fingers). I’ve started playing language-based game apps on my phone so that I can try to keep my vocabulary up to snuff. But for someone who … Continue reading Almost Four Years of Stage IV
I received an email from a teenager last week. She was looking for guidance on how to deal with the loss of her mom this past summer. Like my youngest son, she is in her senior year of high school. A good therapist, counselor, and/or support group is always my first recommendation when we are … Continue reading Grieving
After a few recent and unexpected deaths in several of my communities, I’ve been reflecting a lot about “the end” lately. I’ve realized that in certain ways, I’m lucky to know that I’m terminally ill. With a medical diagnosis, even of metastatic cancer, you get a suggested chunk of time you’ll still be on this … Continue reading Be Prepared: One for the Metsters
You know what really grinds my gears? When I call the waiter back to the table to take our order when she’s just taken it ten minutes earlier. Or when I tell my husband the same story three times because I have no recollection whether I’ve shared it already or not. And when I start … Continue reading What Was I Doing Again?
It’s October, month of perpetual pink. For those of us with metastatic, stage IV breast cancer, it’s also a daily reminder that barring some dramatic new medical discovery, I won’t be cured in my lifetime. “Terminal” is not a word you hear much during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.As a patient, I try to be optimistic, … Continue reading Pinky and My Brain
The next two weeks should give us more focus into my new treatment plan. My latest brain MRI results are in. The biggest lesion right now, which was 13mm x 10mm in April, has grown to 21mm x 26mm. It’s in the left frontal lobe. The rest of my brain mets are generally stable (some … Continue reading Fortnight
I lost eight hours on Tuesday. I went to our bedroom to rest and after that I only remember bits and pieces until regaining my power of speech and comprehension courtesy of IV steroids. Which is a shame since I just tapered off of the darn things, post-London. Unlike previous seizures, this one snuck up … Continue reading Never a Dull Moment
Much to my surprise and delight, we made it to London and back without a single medical incident. Oh wait…that is if you don’t count a skinned knee on the Dickens walking tour (after klutzy me fell up a step). We caught London during its biggest heatwave in years, and our hotel room AC worked … Continue reading London Tales
Cheerio, folks. We are headed to the airport shortly to embark on the big adventure to London. And not to worry; the housesitters and petsitters are in place to keep any social media stalkers with bad intentions away (I know I’m performing an internet no-no in announcing our travels; but your prayers, happy thoughts, and … Continue reading Cheerio!
When I was first diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in 2015, my husband and I had many, many questions for my new medical oncologist, Dr. K. At the top of the list was “how long can I expect to live with this disease?” I found that was an easier question to write … Continue reading Expiration Dates