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Living with a rare disease. And cancer. Our journey since 2017.

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Breast cancer in the age of COVID-19

COVID-19 may be everywhere, but my breast cancer treatments do not stop. This week is number five of my six scheduled Zometa treatments (over three years). Zoledronic acid, member of a class of medications called bisphosphonates, is used to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Breast cancer patients who are taking aromatase inhibitors (which decrease estrogen levels) are …

Happy new year!

We attended a marvelous party overlooking Seattle. Bummed that the weather nixed the Space Needle fireworks.  But we still had a blast! I wore a small shaped bra with a favorite dress that needs bumps for that V-neck. 😂 No prosthetic, just the filled-with-air cups. Two years ago I would not have dreamed I’d be …

How I spent my Monday afternoon (aka, plastic surgery and mastectomy scars)

Most of you have probably never seen a mastectomy scar. And you’re not fully seeing them now, as these are bandaged. I am also wearing a compression sleeve for lymphedema (my left arm). Although almost half of mastectomies do not involve reconstruction, it turns out that too many of these surgeries do not leave the …