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tkone

Maple Valley, Washington
At 43 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I have a career, a husband, a family and a life.  I also had no risk factors other than the fact that I am female.  I had no idea I would have to become an expert on cancer. I started writing about my cancer journey in May... Full Bio
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Birthdays and Early Departures by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Today is my dad's birthday.  He would have been 69 years old.  He died of pancreatic cancer when he was 48 years old.  Too young.  My husband is now 49 years old and is in t ... Read on »
Panic, unbidden by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Clearly, based on the fact that I have not posted in over a month, I have started moving on with my regularly scheduled life.  I have been feeling pretty good.  My energy ... Read on »
"I was diagnosed...." by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer A year and 10 months after being diagnosed, I have met many, many women who have said these words to me.  "I was diagnosed......"  It becomes part of a normal conversation c ... Read on »
A Question of DNA by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer The girls are on their Mid-Winter break and we took the opportunity to find some sunshine.  My parents have a condo in Palm Desert, California and they graciously allowed us ... Read on »
World Cancer Day 2010 by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer February 4th is World Cancer Day.   A day designated to raise awareness of the number #1 killer world-wide.  Not war, not HIV/Aids, not Heart Disease, not natural disasters. ... Read on »
Normal Breathing by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Last week was preventative maintenance week and I had my follow up with my oncologist, blood work, zometa, an MRI and a bone density scan.  All of this is part of my continu ... Read on »
Doctors and Nurses and Techs, Oh My! by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer This week is tune-up and preventative maintenance week.  Yesterday I had a follow-up with my surgeon and a bone density scan.  Tomorrow I have a follow-up with my onco ... Read on »
Can you say Soy? by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was told that I am Estrogen and Progesterone positive meaning that estrogen and progresterone running through my body adde ... Read on »
Measuring a Year by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer What a difference a year makes.  After being diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2008, everything became about cancer.  I spent the year in surgeries, d ... Read on »
Holiday Happiness and Angels by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I can't believe that I didn't post on Christmas!  I guess everything just got busy and it went by the wayside.  The holidays have been great for our family.  We were ... Read on »
Holiday Cheer or no Cheer by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It is the holiday season with families gathering all over the world to share food, drink, love and more. I love this time of year and love the cheer that goes along with i ... Read on »
T-4 by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer As of today, I have been taking Tamoxifen for exactly one year. One down and 4 to go. I don't know why 5 is the magic number, but it is what my doctor has recommended. ... Read on »
Sugarplums by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer The children were nestled all snug in their beds... Oh wait, wrong holiday! Well the children actually are all snug in their beds and the house is quiet. Tomorrow all the cr ... Read on »
New Mammogram Guidelines by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I understand that guidelines are just that; guidelines. But I am absolutely appalled at the new mammography guidelines. The new recommendations: Most women in their ... Read on »
Days of Freedom by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It is funny how certain dates stick with you and others don't. I knew today was November 13th and kept thinking that it was a significant day (other than being Friday the 13t ... Read on »
Aging Gracefully? by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I had the chance to go on a field trip for my niece today with my sister and the babies. I haven't been on a pre-school field trip for a long time so it was very fun to ... Read on »
Broken Hearted by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer My cousin Jeff and his lovely wife Rachel lost their beautiful baby girl this week before they even had a chance to know her. It absolutely breaks my heart. Rest in p ... Read on »
25 Things about Me by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer This "25 things about me" list has been around for awhile, but it is still fun to do. Here are my 25 random things. 1) Though I will listen to almost any music, I ... Read on »
Dropping in for a visit by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer When I was first diagnosed, I searched and searched for information. Beyond medical information, I really wanted to know what to expect, what it was like to have cancer. I s ... Read on »