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Daria

Edmonton, Canada
My cancer journey started at the age of 39 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Treatment included radiation and chemotherapy as well as hormone therapy. In 2004, I had a recurrence in my chest area. The hormone therapy was changed with no other cancer to be found. Fast forward to 2008,... Full Bio
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First Lunch with a Cancer Buddy by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In 2009 after quitting Taxotere I started feeling better. Both Xeloda and Vinorelbine were much easier to handle and I was feeling like doing something more. I decided to v ... Read on »
24 hrs in Review by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer After several decent nites sleep, Sunday’s sleep was just plain lousy… intense dreams and waking up every few hours. Arrggg! And to top that all off, I had to wake up Monda ... Read on »
Smoothies Really Help by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer At the suggestion of Angela, a fellow blogger at finding a way who said, try making smoothies to ease indigestion and eat better. This sounded like such a great idea; I wen ... Read on »
Shout Out to ~ Variety’s Power of Comedy by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Variety’s Power of Comedy event is taking place December 4, 2010 at Club Nokia at LA Live. Variety will bring together a talented group of Hollywood’s funniest comedians wh ... Read on »
Coffee for D and Tea for Me by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday after D and I ran a few errands, we drove past one of our favorite coffee shops; D asked if I wanted to stop. Never one to pass up an offer to stop for coffee, ye ... Read on »
Digestive Issues Continue by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer After being diarrheic for a few days, I realized we didn’t have the proper foods in the house to help minimize the effects. So D suggested looking on the net and making a l ... Read on »
I Have New Glasses by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I’d been thinking about getting a new pair of glasses just before I was diagnosed with mets in 2008. For one reason or another I’ve put off having my eyes examined. Finally ... Read on »
Meds for Cramps by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I talked to the nurse about the on again and off again cramps I’ve been experiencing over the past three weeks and she thinks its gas. In the past I’ve used Metoclopramide ... Read on »
All Day at Clinic - How I metabolize the Chemo by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday began a long day at the clinic; my Onc needs to see how I metabolize the chemo drug Brivanib over time. I was told not to take my chemo until I got there because ... Read on »
Fluid in my Calves and Ankles by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer For about a week now, I’ve been having this thick feeling in my calves and ankles. I figure it’s a buildup of fluid also known as edema. It all feels tight … sort of like ... Read on »
Tykerb - A Late Stage Cancer Drug by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Tykerb is a late stage breast cancer drug prescribed for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer patients who have exhausted all other treatment options. The big problem ... Read on »
My Newest Daily Routine by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer OK, I’ve officially been on Brivanib for three weeks now and I have to say, this last week was much better than the first two … and that’s for sure. And the really good new ... Read on »
The Scar Project by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer According to the website, The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. The pictures ar ... Read on »
BP Check at the Clinic by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This past Monday I got a call saying the trials nurse wanted to see me Wednesday. My first reaction was oh no … I hope there are no surprises in store. But it turns out al ... Read on »
PICC Infection and BP Update by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Thought I’d give you an update on how my old PICC line site is doing and how I’m feeling. First off, my PICC infection is doing better. It’s nowhere near as itchy as it was ... Read on »
New Metastatic Support Group by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I am thrilled to say that the Cross Cancer Clinic is now offering a Metastatic Cancer Support Group for women. The focus of the group is to encourage dialogue among women w ... Read on »
Low Blood Protein by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer During my Onc visit this past Thursday they said my blood albumin level was lower than it should. Albumin is protein made by the liver. Low albumin could be a sign that my ... Read on »
PICC Line Infection by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Two weeks ago, I developed this itchy rash just above my PICC line. I put some hand lotion on it and wrapped it with gauze so I wouldn’t scratch it. The redness you see i ... Read on »
Nurses Singing in the Chemo Room by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Last Thursday in the Chemo room, I noticed some nurses gathering in one corner. Then all of a sudden they broke out into song … similar to what you have in restaurants when ... Read on »
Tests and Saw the Onc by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday I was at the clinic for blood tests and to see the Onc. First stop was to get my blood drawn out of my PICC line and then have it redressed. Then I stopped at the ... Read on »