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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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I am Feeling Much Better by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Last Tuesday, to help get my high blood pressure under control, I started taking 10 mg of Ramipril, up from my original 5mg dosage. It was early that afternoon when it occu ... Read on »
New Canadian Cancer Staging Initiative by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We now have a new National Staging Initiative to collect standardized data about cancer stage across Canada. It’s a first- of- its-kind long-term collaboration that should ... Read on »
Blood Pressure Update by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday I had an appointment at the clinic to have my bp checked. So the research nurse called me in and I assumed the position, laid down and on my back. We have to use ... Read on »
Some Regularity Needed by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer At the beginning of last week I was constipated for a couple of days. So when I saw my trials nurse last Thursday, she said, don’t wait three days before you treat it. So t ... Read on »
New Breast Cancer Treatment by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Here is a two and half minute video on a new innovative breast cancer treatment … partial breast irradiation. Read on »
Daily Brivanib Side Effects by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer After being on a few different chemo regimens, I’ve learned the best thing to do when starting a new one is to keep a daily diary of the side effects. It just makes them ea ... Read on »
Results after One Week on Brivanib by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer After having my blood drawn and PICC line redressed at the clinic, I spent some time catching up on emails and surfing. I was feeling a bit down going into this appointment ... Read on »
Sears Coffee Group Meeting by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Our Sears Coffee ladies group decided to visit one of our own who is in hospice. J’s daughter T greeted us at the entrance to J’s room. We all walked in and started chatter ... Read on »
Feeling Better after a Rough Patch by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My coughing from allergies is way better and I’m crediting that to our first snow fall. As this past Monday wore on, I thought … is my urine getting darker? Sure enoug ... Read on »
Mammogram by Lady Ta Ta ~ Video by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I wanted to share a fun video that I first saw on my friend Dee's mets blog … Dee’s Updates . The four and a half minute video is a parody of the Lady Gaga song "Poker ... Read on »
Update on how I’m Feeling by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So I thought I better do an update on how I’m feeling outside the clinical trial side effects. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been struggling with what I think are envi ... Read on »
Three days on Brivanib by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So I’ve been on Brivanib for three days now and I thought I’d share what I’m experiencing. About 40 minutes after I take it, I feel woozy and drunk like, to the point that ... Read on »
My Final Press Interview by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Ok, this is the last newspaper article with me in it … this week I’m in the Edmonton Examiner. The story is still part of me helping the Canadian Breast Cancer Network wit ... Read on »
Eight Hours at the Clinic by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was pleasantly surprised when I got to my room on the ward and saw two beds … yes believe it, semi-private. My roommate was a lung cancer patient who was also there on a ... Read on »
Finally ... I’m on the Clinical Trial by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yippee yahoo … I’m on Brivanib Alaninate! Yesterday at the clinic, the nurse came checked my blood pressure. After that the Onc came in and gave me a physical exam and ... Read on »
A WomansDay.com Article by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer About a week ago I received an email from a writer from WomansDay.com. She said she was working on a story for WomansDay.com about breast cancer bloggers and she wanted to ... Read on »
The Flu Shot by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday D and I drove to the local mall to get our flu shot and get a bite to eat at the food court. We were the only ones standing in line. We started talking to the gal ... Read on »
Photos of my day on Parliament Hill by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Hey everybody - I finally got around to doing a blog showing off the press photos taken on Parliament Hill with the Canadian Breast Cancer Network gals and me meeting our ... Read on »
Vote For Health ~ An Initiative of the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer As per the Canadian Cancer Society’s website … On Monday, October 18, Albertans will head to the polls to elect new city and town council members. The Canadian Cancer S ... Read on »
A Full Day at the Clinic by Daria Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It was seven hours at the clinic yesterday starting at 9:00. First off I saw the research nurse to sign the trial chemo consent form. We chatted for a while and then she ga ... Read on »