Category Archives: diagnosis

The best way out is through

Yesterday I got the news that I have to get a colonoscopy. Ugh. My GP sent me for a routine colon screening test – the FIT. It was almost an after-thought, at the end of my annual physical. Oh, he … Continue reading

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An Open Letter of Thanks to the BC Cancer Agency

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. Traditionally, our family goes around the table and says what we are thankful for before we have our Thanksgiving feast. In addition to having a wonderful life, I’m grateful every day for the care … Continue reading

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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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