COVID-19 ๐Ÿ’‰ vaccination (second shot)

vaccines do not give you coronavirus

My second BioNTech-Pfizer shot was scheduled for Saturday 13 February, but snowmageddon nixed that! Seattle Cancer Care Alliance called on Monday and rescheduled me for Thursday.

There were far fewer people in the queue this time. I arrived 30 minutes early, which was the magic maximum I could enter early. Again, paperwork prepared at home. In about five minutes, I was in the shot line.

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2021 cancer visits begin with bone density check


The view is very different on the second floor, which I think of as testing central.

Dexa scan today, to check for bone density. Bone loss occurs when taking an estrogen blocker daily (treatment for estrogen+ cancer; that is, cancer that grows more rapidly in the presence of estrogen).

Given that I had a Zometa treatment in November (the last one, to stimulate bone growth), I hope itโ€™s still looking good.

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COVID-19 ๐Ÿ’‰ vaccination (first shot)

Covid waiting area

Got the call from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance on Wednesday. BioNTech-Pfizer shot set for Friday morning! This is the first time that cancer has had benefits.

But vaccination ahead of my 86 year old, veteran father-in-law is wrong.

Fred Hutchinson and SCCA have put together an amazing mass vaccination process. (And yes, jabs in arms, as quickly as possible.)

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Breast cancer in the age of COVID-19

covid test

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 aย 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 at increased risk of bone loss.

But first I have to test negative for SARS-CoV-2.

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Happy new year!

happy new year

We attended a marvelous party overlooking Seattle. Bummed that the weather nixed the Space Needle fireworks.ย  But we still had a blast!

I wore a small shaped bra with a favorite dress that needs bumps for that V-neck. ๐Ÿ˜‚ No prosthetic, just the filled-with-air cups. Two years ago I would not have dreamed Iโ€™d be comfortable enough to ever wear this dress again.

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

mastectomy plastic surgery

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 woman “flat.” It’s highly unlikely that the scars will be “flat” if the patient isn’t savvy enough to use that word pre-op. I didn’t know.

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