Before the month is over, I wanted to provide an update on life in Cancerland. I’ve been struggling with the side effects of whole brain radiation (WBR) for over three months now. My wonderful medical oncologist, Dr. K., has been a godsend with his diligence in finding additional options for my non-stop nausea. After Zofran, … Continue reading March Madness
Electronic health records (EHR) have been around since the late sixties, and government regulations now require hospitals and doctor’s offices to implement them or receive a financial penalty. So why does each trip to a healthcare provider still seem like we are reinventing the wheel with the medical file? To illustrate, let me walk you … Continue reading Epic Failure
The latest MRI says my brain is holding steady. Compared with the MRI that was taken before whole brain radiation (WBR), the new imaging shows no new tumors, and shrinking of some existing tumors. The swelling that was around my brain is also diminished. So good news on that front! I'll have another brain MRI … Continue reading Brain MRI Results Are In
Latest WBR side effects, CT results, and other health updates. Plus, Paula's realistic resolutions for 2018.
Last Thursday marked my final session of whole brain radiation (WBR). Altogether, I had ten treatments (skipping weekends and holidays). After the first “set up” appointment, where they created a custom molded plastic mask to hold my head in the exact same position each time, the actual radiation process was a breeze. Before each session … Continue reading Bang a Gong
OK, they aren’t really going to nuke my head, but I am getting ten sessions of whole brain radiation starting this afternoon. I’ll back up a bit first, however. Last Sunday I woke up with a headache that nothing would relieve. I tried Advil, then Tylenol, then both together. Even my medical marijuana wouldn’t touch … Continue reading Nuking my Noggin
How do we live in the here and now and not in a constant state of waiting and worrying about MBC? It’s something I’m still working on.
What do all those pink products on the shelves in October actually do for women living with metastatic breast cancer? Not as much as you may think.
Just a brief post to let everyone know that my brain MRI showed NO new metastases and overall reduced swelling around the existing metastases. That’s good news on two counts. I see Dr. Chiang, neurosurgeon extraordinaire, on October 2nd and will find out more, but that’s the quick update from her nurse. I’m hoping they’ll … Continue reading Stable
Communication tips for people who have someone with stage IV breast cancer in their life.