Category Archives: treatment

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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Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water …

I’ve crossed a bunch of first anniversaries over the past six weeks. Getting my diagnosis, MRIs, surgery. A year ago I was just past my surgery and doing very well. I started physio treatments the day after surgery to recover … Continue reading

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Two More Zaps to Go

Today is my┬ápenultimate radiation zap. 18 down, two to go. One this afternoon at 4pm, and my final zap at 9:30 am tomorrow. The end of my cancer treatment is less than 24 hours away. It’s been a helluva seven … Continue reading

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Radiation – Zaps with a Purpose

I’m half way through my course of radiation treatments. As predicted, my breast is pink, as if I’d been in the sun all day and have a light sun burn. Radiation is even more of a mind game than chemo. … Continue reading

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Marks of Distinction – Radiation Tattoos

I got my first tattoos. Two tiny little black dots, about the size of a pin head. Doesn’t seem like much. But, as life-changing tattoos go, these two little marks are the motherlode of significance. These two tiny little dots … Continue reading

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Chemotherapy Graduation Day

It’s almost two weeks since I completed chemotherapy. Graduation day was October 29. Just over two months from start to finish.* Time flies even when you’re not having fun. The mood was much lighter for this final session. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Necessity is the mother of invention

For the five days after my chemo infusion, I have to inject myself with a drug called Neuprogen. It helps boost my white blood cell regeneration to guard against something called Febrile Neutropenia. (essentially, the inability to fight against infection … Continue reading

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My Nutrition Regime has a Positive Effect on Blood Work – Yay!

Before each round of chemo you check in with your oncologist. As part of that meeting, you have your blood work done – something called a Complete Blood Count (CBC). In your blood, they are checking for two critical markers … Continue reading

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You Give Me Fever …

One of the more nasty side effects of the chemotherapy drug Docetaxel is something called Febrile Neutropenia. That’s a fancy way of saying that something called neutrophils that are in your white blood cells get dangerously low. Those neutrophils are … Continue reading

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Half-way Point Lessons Learned

I’m half way through my chemotherapy treatment program. And, like any good PMP (project management professional), I figured now is a good time to do a quick analysis of what I’ve learned so far, what’s working, what isn’t, what wisdom … Continue reading

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