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
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
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
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
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.