Sunday, June 23, 2013

Another Cancerversary

Six years ago today my life changed forever. 

Six years ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Since I refuse to let cancer defeat me, and I certainly cannot ignore it, 

since I deal with cancer as a chronic disease, that I must monitor seriously, 

since I have infusions every three weeks for the rest of my life, 

since I am fortunate enough to have doctors and nurses that care deeply about me and vice versa,

since I live an absolutely normal life outside of my cancer diagnosis, 

since six years ago today my life changed forever.

While most people don't celebrate the day that they were diagnosed with cancer,

Today is not a day I try to forget. 

Today is a day I choose to celebrate every year. 

Six years ago today I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Today is my 6th cancerversary and I feel better than ever. My disease is stable, and to me, my cancerversary is almost like another birthday. It's a rite of passage in my life and I am looking forward to achieving many more cancerversaries!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I think I can

I think I can....I think I can....I think I can....





Make it to my 5 YEAR cancerversary. Wow, how time flies!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cancerversary

Today is my two year cancerversary, and I couldn't be happier. Today I had a routine bone scan. Results show that my existing bone lesions are improving, and there are no new lesions. What else could a cancer patient ask for?

:)

Overall, I am doing great! I have a MUGA this week to check my heart... after all, it is routine scan time. I expect to everything to be fine this time.

I am working away at summer school, finishing up the high school yearbook, and selling pampered chef! In all my free time (ha ha) I am learning to play golf, trying out new recipes and traveling. Summer is keeping me a busy bee and I couldn't be happier!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Oh What a Feeling....

Port surgery was absolutely successful. Steri-strips are off, incision is healing! " Maxi" is one happy girl!

In other news, I just learned that a girl that I went to high school with was also diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Ironically, she lived on the next street over from me during our high school days. I can't help but think there was something in the water...

Her and her family have been in my thoughts everyday since I learned of her news. Cancer is a crazy thing. It knows no boundaries and I hate it.

In happier news, I can honestly say that I feel the best I have felt in two years! My energy has finally returned and I actually feel normal-ish. I have begun to book pampered chef parties again, and am getting on with my life. I have been exercising which gives me energy. Next I plan to work on cleaning up my diet...this steroid weight has to come off sometime, right? It surely isn't going away on its own. No time like the present!

Oh, and one more thing that has been a HUGE mood enhancer....IT'S SPRING!

(Happy Birthday, Lindsey!)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gearing up....

For another surgery! Tomorrow morning (March 6) I am getting my port replaced. I can't WAIT! I am getting a purple power port.

My port hasn't worked for months. It allows medication in, but it won't let blood out. My veins are so shot that the last time I had a blood test (which is every three weeks) they could only get my blood by taking it from my knuckle.

Gross? Yes.

I almost fainted.

Literally.

I had to lay flat and get a cold compress.

I almost puked.

As a result, I drew the line at the knuckle blood draw and asked for a new port. My new "power port" is made for administering IV treatment, withdrawing blood, and I can use it for the contrast that is administered during scans. WAAAHHHOOOO. Power port means less needle sticks in the arm, and I am ALL about it!
:)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

And The Good News Continues....

SO, All my scans came back with no change. I think this is the first time ever that my scan reports came back with nothing significant. On top of that my tumor markers - which is a test of blood proteins that look for evidence of Cancer cells (more here and here) have all gone down. They are still slightly elevated, but they are significantly lower than they were in October.

HURRAY!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Stop the inscanity!

Ok. Good news. All scans (ct of brain, chest, abdomen, and pelvis, mammogram and bone scan) came back with NO CHANGE. This is good. No new spots, no evidence of new metastasis. I am one happy camper!
:)
In other news, I have gained a ridiculous amount of weight and I am beginning to finally work on my own physical and mental health, rather than focus on recovering from surgery and breast cancer treatment. I am determined to once again feel comfortable in my own skin.

In yet OTHER news, my nephew is WALKING! He is such an adorable little boy I just can't stand it. Check him out!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Yahoo!

Bone Scan came back with no change. Yahoo! Maintenance drugs are doing their job!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Beginning The New Year With Scanxiety

Two days into the new year...and it is that time again.

I had my routine bone scan today. In two weeks I will have my routine CT Scan and Mammogram. We won't have results for a few days...so I am trying to be patient. I don't like surprises, so I hope everything comes back clean.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Quick Rant and Update

I am officially tired of being a patient. Honestly, I truly do not mind seeing my doctors and nurses, they are all amazingly helpful, understanding and knowledgeable...it is the poking and prodding that I am tired of enduring. I like being proactive, but I officially hate scan months. Even worse than the poking and prodding, I hate missing so much work. Everyone at school must think I am a complete slacker! Cancer is just disruptive to my life. I don't have time for this cancer crap! Okay, rant over.

Complaining aside, here is the latest:

Back in June my bone scan revealed a "possible lesion" in my left humeral head (left arm up by my shoulder). We did not do anything about it because we decided to deal with the mass on my ovary that showed up on my June CT scan. Now that my hysterectomy is over and everything turned out to be benign, we can deal with the arm issue. My September bone scan showed the spot in my arm to be more intense...meaning it was no longer a "possible lesion". Something is actually there. I can happily report that the spot on my arm is giving me minimal pain, and it is small. After much discussion with my oncologist and radiation oncologist I have come to the decision to go back for more radiation therapy. Radiation will take away the chronic pain in my hip, and sterilize my bones to hopefully prevent any rogue cancer cells from flipping off and growing elsewhere. I will have radiation five days a week for four weeks. I went to the radiation oncologist on Thursday and got set up. Seven tattoos later, I look like a connect the dots worksheet gone wrong. (They make itty bitty dot tattoos on me to line me up for the radiation machine. This ensures that I am always in the same position and they radiated the exact same spot each time.) My scans every three months and the decision to have radiation again have helped me to decide what to be for Halloween:

I won't even have to dress up!

:)