There’s never been an easy time telling my daughter I have cancer, but the first time was the hardest. I didn’t know what to expect from Progeny, and Progeny didn’t know to expect anything at all. … Read More TELLING PROGENY: My Medical History, episode three
It was May 2013 and I had noticed a lump above my left breast. Dreamboat’s doctor-friend (Dr. Friend) got me an appointment for a mammogram right away. The mammogram revealed that the lump in my breast was suspicious. So, Friday, May 31, I returned to the mammography center for a breast ultrasound and, maybe, a biopsy.
I had found the damn suspicious lump, and I couldn’t un-find it.… Read More SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE: My Cancer History, Episode Two
“Dr. Friend was and is the same Dr. Friend who, after a companionable restaurant dinner on the night I met him, whispered to me that he and his posse loved their pal, Dreamboat, AND by the way, if I hurt Dreamboat, he (Dr. Friend) and his posse would have me killed.”… Read More I TURNED SIDEWAYS: My Cancer History, Episode One
If you read “Life Expectancy,” my first post on this blog, you know that I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer. That was in late July of 2018. In early August 2018, on our way to what Dr. Dear, my oncologist, called a “next step” appointment, I made a pledge—aloud to my sister, Angela—not to ask for… Read More MORE LIFE EXPECTANCY, NOT NECESSARILY MORE LIFE
After the Biopsy After the biopsy of the tumor in my shoulder—after the biopsy, the biopsy surgeon’s brusque disappearance, the cheery nurse’s averted eyes–I am sitting on the edge of a hospital bed. The bed is in my hometown hospital, in the central-coast-of-California town where I grew up and still live. I have been sitting… Read More LIFE EXPECTANCY