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Laurie P. Patient Expert

Missoula, Montana
I am an active 44 year old from Missoula Montana. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 months ago... Full Bio
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Progression Of An Aggresive Glioblastoma Brain Tumor by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I'm backing up a few weeks from my last post. On September 30th Mom had a biopsy of her tumor in Seattle. She came through the surgery well and we were able to bring her bac ... Read on »
Musings From A Broken Heart by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I believe that crying makes room for positive thoughts. And, that animals detect illness in the people they love. I'm writing this through tears, bleary eyed, in the middle ... Read on »
What You Don't Miss by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Just read this amazing post by Robert Ebert. It hit home for me. And its true, you can accept losing things that you enjoy and take for granted. Because when you become accu ... Read on »
Time for Fosamax by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer My doctor prescribed Fosamax at my recent appointment. Results of a new analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) observational study showed that women wh ... Read on »
Delay Tactic by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I've been putting off making an appointment for my 3 month checkup. It'll be 4 months and truthfully 1 month does not make a difference. Ask any oncologist. It just doesn't. ... Read on »
The Fear Factor by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Recently I realized that I've let fear of cancer become my identity. It's so easy to let that happen. The identity of a person who has cancer (read: we all have cancer in our ... Read on »
Impermanence by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Having had cancer affects my decisions. The realization that all things that we have and all our experiences are not permanent, has me making decisions quite different than b ... Read on »
Check up - Its all good by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Had a checkup today. Exam went well. Tumor markers were slightly elevated but nothing of concern. Went for a chest xray afterwards. I'm confident it'll be clear. I'll have ano ... Read on »
New Drug for Fighting BRCA1/2 Tumors! by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Check out this article on a new drug called Olaparib that is especially promising for the treatment of cancer for BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutation carriers. It was a small Phas ... Read on »
Bone Scan Results by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer My bone scan came back negative for cancer. This is a huge relief for me. Now I think of my rib pain as a result of surgery rather than wondering if it is a cause for alarm. O ... Read on »
Bone Scan Wednesday by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer This waiting is a test of my power of thought avoidance. No sense in thinking too much. But a clear scan would be so freaking great. My oncologist said that the doubling rate ... Read on »
All Clear by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer 12 months since chemo and my cancer markers and chest xray look good. My oncologist is ordering a bone scan since I continue to have rib pain on my left hand (cancer) side. ... Read on »
Checkup Next Week by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I rescheduled my checkup to Monday the 20th because I had accidently scheduled it for the same time as a class I am taking. I went and got my xray done yesterday however. I sh ... Read on »
Meeting Others Like Me by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I went to my first support group last thursday. It's held at at my Oncology clinic and was attended by 3 other women. First of all I thank my clinic for doing this. They have ... Read on »
Cancer Markers Go Down! by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I got good news from my oncologist. Tumor marker tests came back with levels less than my levels from 3 months ago. My CEA (Carcinoembryonic Antigen) level was at 5 and my CA ... Read on »
Shaky by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer As the day of my checkup gets closer my body does funny things. I can keep the part of my brain that is in charge of logic pretty well under control. Only brief waves of worry ... Read on »
Checkup Time Again by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Crap, 3 months goes by quickly. I haven't made my January checkup appt yet. Will get around to it soon. After being obsessive with anti-cancer foods for several months I' ... Read on »
Lucky Me by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Me and my sister Christmas Eve. All is well. Read on »
Insurance Issue by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I've been trying to get Blue Cross Blue Shield to pay for portion of my surgery bill from one year ago. We've had to pay the surgeon for this portion out of our pocket to keep ... Read on »
Feeling Thankful by Laurie P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Feeling extra thankful this year for a happy & active family and for my continued good health and growing hair. Check out the collages below of Tanner, Quinn and Me & John. W ... Read on »