Monthly Archives: August 2015

Deja Vu – Wasn’t I Just Here in This Giant Metal Donut?

MRI-guided biopsies are not all that common. In my cancer centre they do less than 10 a year. It’s a complex, highly specialized procedure that takes about 90 min. I didn’t know this at the time. I just knew I … Continue reading

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Bags of Frozen Peas, not Diamonds, are a Girl’s Best Friend

Deja Vu – more tests. This time, an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image). I have a metal implant in my hip after my resurfacing seven years ago. Magnets and metals don’t play well together. One of the questions they ask you … Continue reading

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Better Out Than In – Surgery is Scheduled

In the words of that great philosopher, Shrek, I took the approach that regarding my tumour it was better out than in. In fact I couldn’t wait to get that thing out of me. I met my surgeon with list … Continue reading

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Who’s In Charge Here? Or, How Come I Have Cancer and I Haven’t Seen an Oncologist yet????

I’m not sure how it works elsewhere, but this post relates to my patient experience so far – three weeks after diagnosis and no meeting with an Oncologist. The decisions so far are being driven by my radiologist, my surgeon and … Continue reading

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Perspective

It’s been about three weeks since I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. It still feels like an out of body experience. Most of the time, I don’t really think about it. I don’t dwell on the fact that I know … Continue reading

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Terms of Engagement

Now the word was out. Two things were happening: people came forward with all kinds of advice and ideas; or they avoided talking to me because they just didn’t know what to say. As I said in my email telling … Continue reading

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Telling Family & Friends

The time had come to share the news. I chose to be very open with my diagnosis, telling both family/friends and my work colleagues. This is an entirely personal choice. Everyone makes the decisions that work for them in their … Continue reading

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Let The Mind Games Begin

I have breast cancer. Now I have to tell family and friends. But before I do that, I have to figure out what to say, how to tell them, understand my state of mind. Mostly, I had to come to … Continue reading

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Diagnosis

Four days later, as my boob was black and blue turning yellow/pea green, I got a call from my doctor’s office to come see him first thing Monday morning. First time ever a request to come in, and knowing they … Continue reading

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Biopsies and Frozen Peas

A needle core biopsy is actually a pretty cool thing. It would be much more cool if it was happening to someone else, but this was mine and I was interested in exactly how it worked. I hadn’t planned to … Continue reading

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