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
It’s been a while, once again, but after staring at my computer screen for about two weeks, I think I can eke out a blog post. The gamma knife surgery went as planned. I won’t go through the whole spiel as to how it’s done again, but you can read about that here. As it … Continue reading Hurry up and Wait
Hello from the other side of brain surgery. I seem to have made it through successfully. As usual, my surgeon was fantastic, the nursing staff was great, and I received excellent care. I could have done without all the noise in Yale’s Neuroscience ICU, but the constant beeping was the least of my worries. As … Continue reading The Brain Drain: Post-Op Edition
This Monday, I had my neurosurgery consult at Yale with Dr. Chiang. She has recommended a craniotomy to the right frontal lobe of my brain, where the largest “spot” with the most swelling is located. It’s near the surface so she should be able to just scoop it out – probably not the technical term … Continue reading Back on the Table
It’s test result time. My latest CT scan, from the neck down, came back stable. The biggest concern that I had going into the scan was my hip, but the pain has diminished and the scan found nothing except arthritic changes (welcome to my 50s). However, my damn brain is not cooperating. The MRI revealed … Continue reading Tumors, Necrosis, and Brains…Oh My
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.