Archive for November, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness: Chapter 4

Posted by Vicki on November 18th, 2010 under Attitude, Illness
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Skipping forward to the present. So I had the scans, the lumpectomy. The tumor was 1.2 cm. The lymph node was negative. My oncotype score is 22. These are the main numbers. I am ER +, PR+ and HER-2 -, which I may already have mentioned. My oncotype score is in the gray area, in […]

Breast Cancer Awareness: Chapter 3: Uncertainty and Meltdowns Suck!

Posted by Vicki on November 15th, 2010 under Attitude, Illness
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So to remind the reader, (if any), my first meltdown occurred Friday, after I spoke to the surgeon and while on phone with Maryanne. I had been exceedingly, almost unnaturally upbeat since then. On Monday morning, while at work, I expected a phone call from the surgeon’s scheduler to give me a time to report […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Chapter 2: Friday, October 8, 2010

Posted by Vicki on November 14th, 2010 under Attitude, Illness
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Although there will be an effort to adhere to chronology, this narrative will be punctuated by observations that move back and forth in time and may be confusing. I fell asleep pretty fast Thursday night, but awakened at about 3 a.m. and had could do no more than doze fitfully until the alarm went off […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Chapter 1: The first “If. . .then” Phase

Posted by Vicki on November 6th, 2010 under Illness
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I recently became aware of breast cancer. My own! And what perfect timing: it happened at the beginning of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Already, illness, including lots of cancer, had been thrust into the forefront during the spring and summer with many of my favorites and beloveds slammed down with devastation of diagnosis and […]