High Seize

The temperature hovers around 30° and it’s raining. Blizzard warnings to the north, and here we expect a half inch of ice, covered by up to 6” of snow. High winds cause our house to shudder and moan. Welcome to April in Wisconsin.

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Gel-ly Donut

I hate exercise. I really do. But in the process of reassessing my health, I have been recently forced to address the issue of finding ways to add more exercise into my daily routine. Yippee.

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Radiant

An update, now that I have finished my first 3 weeks of radiation therapy and several people have been asking how I have been.

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Re-Engineered

A few years ago, I had been restless for a change at my job. And after 21 years in the engineering department – doing structural design of heavy equipment – I was granted my wish.

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Radia Shun

In preparation for my radiation “therapy,” l tried to learn everything I could in advance from the cancer Facebook groups that I belong to. There are thousands of women in one particular group, most of whom have already gone through, or are currently going through radiation. One conversation in particular, caught my eye.

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Grounded

This weekend I got to spend some time with my older sister, who lives in Florida, but is temporarily staying in Woodstock, IL for a few weeks. Woodstock is a lovely little city that is somewhat “famous.”

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Cancer Rue-lette

This week was supposed to be a week of answers, of revelation regarding my cancer treatment. Alas, not to be. You see, I received my Oncotype Dx score back, the gold-standard, tell-all test that determines what course of treatment to take. Sadly, for me it was dead-center, right down the middle.

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Lympho-maniac

Another round of medical appointments this week. The first one was a visit with a Lymphatic Therapist. If you want to see something scary, do an internet search for “photos of lymphedema of the arms.” Oh, the horror, the terror! It makes me think of the Michelin Man, and yet another thing to freak out over and worry about happening to me.

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Lymph No’d

Mixed results today when I visited the surgeon. This cancer diagnosis has been nothing but mind games for me and looks like it will continue to do so. But first the good news.

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Body Piercings

I write this post so that I don’t forget what I went through, so I don’t become less vigilant in maintaining my health and doing breast exams in the future. This happens to 1 of 8 of us. Serious stuff.

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