Updates and Random Thoughts

Research For The Win

I write today not with an update about me, but about treatments for metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer (MBC). Within the past week the FDA approved two – yes two! – drugs to be used to treat MBC. This is amazing and gives such hope to so many people with this disease. A third drug…

Graduation tears

This morning was my last radiation treatment. The purpose of the radiation is to knock down any cancer that might be lingering in my hip and pelvis. The radiation does not cure my cancer. Overall the radiation experience has been pretty straightforward. I only had 10 sessions and I haven’t really noticed any side effects.…

Woah, we’re half way there

Quick check in now that I’ve got 5 of 10 radiation treatments completed (with a music nod for a title to my fellow Gen-Xers). Fortunately, things are going smoothly. The radiation staff are great. I’m literally in and out. I leave the house at 8:30 am and am back home by 9:15. (Watch me jinx…

1 ☢️ down, 9 to go

After a short delay, radiation treatment is on. I got a call late Monday (yesterday) saying my insurance approved the treatment plan, so in I went today for my first dose. As my kids would say when they were younger “easy peasy lemon squeezy”. At least this one was. 15 minutes from when I walked…

Radiation and tattoos!

Well, I’m entering a new chapter of cancerland: radiation. I have avoided the radiation dance up to this point. Alas, here we are. One of the ways they monitor my metastatic breast cancer is through blood work and what they call “tumor markers”. If the tumor marker value is below a certain threshold, no active…

Holy Shit – My Pain was Legit

Happy 2023 everyone! I hope your holiday season has been exactly what you needed it to be. We stayed home and enjoyed each other’s company and brought home this little guy from the Humane Society to live with us. My hip stabilization procedure was December 12, just over 3 weeks ago. This morning I had…

Post-Surgery Update – December 13, 2022

Thanks for all your well wishes. I had my hip/pelvis stabilization surgical procedure yesterday. Everything went fine. It was an out-patient procedure and we were back home around 6pm. My oxygen levels were quite low so I had to hang around for the afternoon until those got back up to acceptable levels. I am mobile…

Surgery plan – December 3, 2022

Many people have asked, I finally have a confirmed surgery date of Monday, December 12. The plan is to have a procedure that should help stabilize my hip and pelvis. It will be done in Denver as out patient surgery and should only take 1-2 hours. I should be home that afternoon. One of my…

Plan A and Plan B, and C, and… – November 30, 2022

If you know me well, you know that I’ve always got a plan and a backup, and a few more backups beyond that. I gotta say, my current life situation was no where in my planning or remotely on my radar. This being said, we’re not fortune tellers, so we have to give ourselves a…

My Cranky Hip – November 12, 2022

I mentioned briefly that my hip has been bothering me, so much so that I purchased a cane to help me walk. I can’t walk unassisted, basically. I don’t want to continue to live like this because my quality of life (QOL) is not great. So, I went to see an orthopedic oncologist in Denver.…

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