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
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
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
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.
Communication tips for people who have someone with stage IV breast cancer in their life.