Breast cancer

Video: Chemo treatment 3

Well, I'm three quarters of the way through the first phase of my chemo treatments. This was round 3 out of 4 with Adriamycin and Cytoxan. I have been told that these drugs are the roughest, because your white blood cells are hit so hard....

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Breast cancer support group in Kenosha, WI: Circle of Hope

It's been a while since my last post. I didn't have  a lot going on this week so there really wasn't too much to report. The side effects of my chemotherapy treatments come and go. I had a day or two that I didn't feel so good. It seems like...

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Video: My head shaved after 2nd chemo

I wasn't sure what I was going to do when my hair started coming out. I thought that maybe Mark and I could tackle it on our own with a pair of clippers borrowed from my sister Marianne. Then last week I received a phone call from my sister Kim who works as a nail...

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Video: Hair loss, chemo treatment 2

It's happening, my hair loss has begun. So it's a good thing I have the appointment for my head shaving on Thursday. I have been wearing a cap when I sleep as well as when I am sitting around the house. I find it helps to make my scalp feel a little better and it will...

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‘Look Good Feel Better’ cosmetics workshop

Everything so far is going well with my breast cancer treatment. The very good piece of news that I received this week is that I have tested negative to both BRCA mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2). So that makes me feel better for the chances of any of my six sisters coming...

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First week of chemotherapy: Wig selection

Last week, besides beginning chemotherapy, I had my appointment for my wig fitting at Lucia's Wigs with The Salon in Kenosha. Melissa Simon is the wig specialist there and is such a kind and compassionate person. She is very knowledgeable about dealing with cancer...

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Chemotherapy-friendly food from a cancer cookbook

I took yesterday to make some staples to have on hand for the up coming weeks. Mark and I are trying to figure out what I should and shouldn't be eating. We were supposed to meet with a dietitian on my first day of chemotherapy treatment but for some reason her...

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Neulasta after first chemotherapy treatment

Today I am feeling great. Yesterday was not too bad. I woke a little nauseous but that went away. We had to go back to the hospital for my shot of Neulasta. The only thing I noticed yesterday was being a little sleepy most of the day. I lightly slept while Mark drove...

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First chemotherapy treatment

I got one round of chemotherapy down and it didn't go that bad, as you can see in the video. I got home and decided to take the neighbor's dog for a walk. I felt like I had all this energy and the evening was gorgeous. Our neighbor a couple of doors down has been...

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I have breast cancer

(Above: Phoning from Froedtert's Clinical Cancer Center, Milwaukee, 8/27/13) It's been a while since I have added a new blog entry. Really the site was not up for the past year or so. I have decided to bring it back because I am faced with a new chapter in my life....

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