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Update about Mom by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Mom's surgery is planned for January 16. I'm flying into Kelowna the evening of the 14th (from Montreal, since that's the weekend I have to be there). I'm taking the week ... Read on »
Last post of 2006 by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Jane and I went through some personal stats last night and determined that yes, 2006 WAS a much shittier year than 2005. Ho hum. Add to the list of Crappy Things About ... Read on »
Oncologist appointment in 12 hours by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer While I tell myself it gets easier to go to these appointments as time passes, I imagine I still won't sleep much tonight. Of course, that will be in part to the copious a ... Read on »
Health care outcomes may be superior in patients cared for in Canada vs. the United States by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The United States also spends far more on health care, i.e., approximately 15% of its gross domestic product versus about 10% in Canada. In 2003, Americans spent an estima ... Read on »
Nothing to see here by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Despite lack of posting, all is well-ish in cancerland. Mom had her first treatment, goes for her second tomorrow, and so far is handling it all with relatively few side e ... Read on »
So this is the situation. Mom me... by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So this is the situation. Mom met with her oncologist the other day. Turns out she has not one, not two, but three different tumour types in her breast. One is a grade thr ... Read on »
Overdue by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Considering the almost-several dozen emails and comments I've received asking for an update, I guess it's time to break the silence. I'm sorry I haven't updated or respond ... Read on »
Bringing into play by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer If there's one thing I've gained from dealing with my own cancer diagnosis and fallout, it's talking about cancer without crying too often. It took awhile, but I'm pretty ... Read on »
Tomorrow my mom has her final ch... by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Tomorrow my mom has her final chemo treatment. She then has eight weeks before the double mastectomy and reconstruction. She's doing well - great, even - and was planning ... Read on »
Invaded by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Apparently I haven't posted enough, so the spambots have taken over. Things are find here, mom has one last treatment left before taking 8 weeks off before her double m ... Read on »
All clear by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer After a three-hour wait to see my oncologist (or, rather, an oncologist -- I saw a resident today), I got the all-clear. CA-125 was two! Two! and the results from my CT sc ... Read on »
about time by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I am still alive and quite healthy. Mom is doing well (despite rather uncomfortable lymphodema) and had her double mastectomy and reconstruction las fall. I was ... Read on »
Seriously, life is kind of silly... by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Seriously, life is kind of silly and random sometimes. Read on »
In honor of the now-warm weather... by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In honor of the now-warm weather, I declare this the long weekend. The instructor teaching the class I am currently enrolled in looks kind of like my mom, which mean ... Read on »
Looking for a new roommate can b... by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Looking for a new roommate can be fun if you think of yourself as a panel of judges rating auditions. Read on »
Half past noon, and i"m waiting ... by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Half past noon, and i"m waiting for my roommate to wake so we can go for brunch. Things to do this weekend: transcribe 30 minutes of interview and write a 50 ... Read on »
Long weekend begins now. Cue vod... by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Long weekend begins now. Cue vodka sodas, dancing, gardening, homework, and barbeques. Happy Victoria Day. Read on »
Just a quick post and link today... by Louise Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Just a quick post and link today. The New York Times has a great article on coping with a cancer diagnosis . They mention a couple blogs I'm not familiar with, but will d ... Read on »