Radiation

“There’s radiation on my windshield Paranoia in my mind and my heart is weighted down with the mistakes of my own kind.” Joanne Rand Back a few weeks ago when I was declared to be at stage 0, I decided to forgo radiation treatments. On Friday morning I received an upsetting call from the Radiation…

Amazing Grace.

Today we traveled into Portland to have my post surgery follow up appointment with Dr. de LaMelena, and to have my drains removed.  I got some news that makes my heart sing. The pathology report shows a Pathologically Complete Response. – which means they could find NO cancer-ing cells – in neither my removed breast tissue nor the…

Released from the hospital.

I am recovering nicely from the surgery, we had excellent care while there. The benefits of the paravertabral block include less pain post surgery- which means I have been comfortable. I was released today to go home with my family. Dr. De la Melena suggested we stay in Portland tonight so we are at my…

Surgery day

Surgery day is in progress. We’re off to a positive start, with smiling, friendly helpers at every turn. I’ll post an update as soon as I know more. – Joe

Moving forward

So, we actually decided against changing to the treatment plan outlined in the April Fools post – though we hear it’s working great for some (see 4/1 comments). Tuesday’s final session of chemotherapy went smoothly. Now we’re in recovery mode, and Preparation-for-Surgery mode. Iris is spending extra time horizontal, reading books pertinent to treatment.  We’re planning…

The Meanest Woman in Town

“If I hadn’t seen the light in that old lady’s eyes I’d try to be a man you would hate an’ despise I’d rave an’ I’d rant an’ I’d scream an’ yell An’ I’d chase my neighbors from here to Hell… But I can’t be this bad because my folks are too good.” Billy Bragg/Woody…

A Bigger Piece of Sky

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Christmas Eve we were the happy recipients of Carolers- who braved our treacherous steps to come into our house to sing and be offered Wassail treats. Christmas coincided with the ebbing of the  more acute chemo side effects- which meant we spent Christmas day playing, & being  happy-…