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2019 (1)

February (1)

The beast is back.: After hitting 8 years cancer free on Thanksgiving, 2018, I thought I was home free. Well, let's bac...

2016 (1)

February (1)

Update for 2016: Hi everyone!  It's been forever since I've been on - I uploaded some pics of my boys, grandson and ...

2015 (1)

May (1)

Update: Hi everyone!  As usual, it's been forever since I've been on here!  Lots of catching up to do. Li...

2014 (4)

June (2)

Survivor's Guilt: As I write this, one of my oldest friends who was in my "inner circle" group of friends in high scho...
Nothing new : ): Just wanted to drop by and say hi!   Not much has been going on with me, which is a good thing in ...

March (1)

KRAS variant: UPDATE:  I am negative for the KRAS variant.  : )   Has anyone been tested for the KRAS variant...

January (1)

Arm pain/lymphedema rant/vent: So, i found a lump on my upper arm - the left side, the side that has lymphedema.   The left side w...

2013 (5)

October (1)

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: I want to talk about Domestic Violence.   October is breast cancer awareness month AND domestic vi...

September (3)

Running in the Rain:      I've stated my views on Komen, and my local affiliate of Komen, so I won't go into that here...
Pinktober:         As Breast Cancer Awareness Month moves in, I just thought I’d share my views of Pi...
3 years ago...: Well, we're coming up on the 14th....that was my diagnosis date. September 14, 2010.  I had gone to...

July (1)

It's been forever!: Here I am!   Still alive and well in Oklahoma!    Not much to update...life is the same.   I st...

2012 (6)

December (1)

Life goes on: Well, I hit my 2 year NED mark on 11/22 - on Thanksgiving : ) Yay for NED! I have not been keep...

July (1)

Lymphedema: A bit of background for those of you who don't know me - I had a bilateral mastectomy 11/22/2010 (I ...

March (2)

Dark Space: I've been in a maelstrom of feelings since my last post. Lots going on ... apparently, I'm going...
I've been living life...: Well, I haven't posted in awhile. Things DO get back to normal, eventually. Or what, I suppose i...

January (2)

Well, I made it!: I was diagnosed in September, 2010 with Breast Cancer, Stage 1A. I had a bilateral mastectomy and...
New Year: Happy New Year to my BFAC family. It was a long year...and I'm so happy 2011 is gone. Good Ri...

2011 (89)

December (3)

stress: I'm so stressed out right now...too many people in my life going through major life events. My si...
UGH - not cancer related....: ok...I need to vent, and can't do it on facebook, so I'm going to vent here. I left my ex in July...
Tattoo: Amidst the chaos that is my life lately, I met up with my tattoo artist today. His mom is a breas...

November (1)

ONE YEAR MARK: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME! Today is my official ONE YEAR FREE OF CANCER date. One year ago today, ...

October (4)

funny: I'm supposed to massage the breast that just had surgery...basically move the implant around, and pu...
Just sharing: This is something I ran across, either via my FB, or somewhere else. OldhamProject . blogspot...
down in the dumps: I watched Five on Lifetime tonight...and cried my eyes out...(I did curse Komen out during the comme...
Komen: I signed this petition to Komen to remove Promise Me...and received this email: Thank you for ...

September (1)

September 16...thoughts. (god, do i ever ramble on here, or what?): I got the call from my doc yesterday. Surgery was approved by the insurance, and set for 9/29/2011 a...

August (5)

My thoughts for today: Well, I've been in a really weird place lately....I seem to be either really, really up, or depress...
Good day: My boss was in a meeting with one of the other attorneys and called me in. He then informed me I'm...
Feeling somewhat better...and a question.: I'm in a better mood - somewhat. Definitely better than where I was Monday night. I walked again...
One year later: It was one year ago yesterday that I found my lump...and started the journey of cancer. I've been...
Thinking: I've been reading this book Civil Action...about a town where a lot of people get leukemia/cancer, d...

July (5)

Just stuff: Not much going on, health wise. Just in a holding pattern til my next doc appointment on 9/6. ...
Today's Doc Visit...: Just got back from my doctor’s visit with my plastic surgeon. I always feel so stupid when I walk...
Just thinking: I posted a post last night - that was apparently empty. lol I typed it all out, but I guess there...
Feel the love: Just wanted to say I appreciate you all.....and hope for healing for all of us. I appreciate...
Fear: While I am trying to remain very positive - in every aspect of my life, I have so much fear of this ...

June (7)

Doc visit today: Well - my bottom incision has been closed now for about a week - that is my record since the surgery...
Bad weekend...: My son was in the wrong place at the wrong time...and let's just say, spending Saturday morning in t...
Summer of 2012: I was under the assumption that THIS was going to be MY summer...my summer of being done with the ca...
3rd follow up...or is it the fourth? I can't remember: Nothing new...summary - come back in two weeks. (There, now you don't have to read the rambling t...
Follow up...gggrrrrr: Went to see the plastic surgeon...ugh. This is long...and I'm sorry, but I am SO frustrated. ...
ER VISIT: Not for the hole on the right breast (which is oozing some crud now)....but for my left breast which...
Apparently, I am never going to be done....: My bottom incision on the left breast has been closed for four days now (a record). About a w...

May (6)

Turn Tulsa Pink: I attended an event tonight - not a fundraiser and in no way associated with THOSE pink people. ...
Walking: Like some of my friends on here, I exercise almost every day. Right now, I'm limited (not allowed t...
Still Eh: I am a mess...so together on the outside...inside just...frazzled? messed up? I don't know. I ...
Good? Bad? Eh....Foob pic: I'm 3 weeks post surgery...and for the most part, am kinda happy with the new foobs. They're surely...
Quote: This floated cross my facebook today...thought it was so appropriate for me (and probably others too...
Just some rambling thoughts: Well, apparently sitting home for a week is good for one's skin...I swear all my "wrinkles" have dis...

April (15)

I AM DONE!: I had my follow up visit with the doc...they are immensely pleased with how I look. The bandages ...
My project....: Well, sitting home has led to start a "breast cancer photo journey"... Some of you have seen thes...
new girls: I took off the sports bra and removed all the extra padding tonight (it was driving me nuts). I did...
Home :): I made it! Surgery started at 1:30; by 5:30 I was checking out of recovery. Best news - the "...
scared....: ok, i'm now starting to freak out... and yes, i know, this is NOTHING compared to the bilateral m...
Good health: I went for my pre-op testing yesterday. Everything checked out good - b/p was 113/75...perfect. ...
Just thinking: I've been up since 5 or so, after a restless night, due to numerous nightmares. One "type" of nigh...
Update...again....wow: ok, guess what... Surgery is scheduled for 4/21. Doc's opinion is that it's not an infection si...
Yea...: Update on my freaking out post... Here is my doc's email, sent at 5:02 A.M. (14 hours after I ema...
Freak out mode: I’m sitting here, just in freak out mode. These stupid spots are NOT getting any better. I just ...
stupid blister: UPDATE - I emailed with the doc - sent her a new pic from this morning (the white crud is "growing")...
Just sharing: I was googling tonight (what did I ever do before google....) Anyways, I came across this website...
Visit with Plastic Surgeon: I’m amazed at how much better my breast looks…it’s almost all normal skin color. It’s ...
Visit with breast surgeon: I met with the surgeon tonight - the one who originally did my mastectomy. She agreed no more ...
Nothing new: I'm in the same condition, except the top infection is now way closer to meeting the bottom one. M...

March (16)

More bitching....: yup...today is day...what? Day 46 of this crap. That is nuts. I'm still on Clindamycin and Cip...
RIP Donnie: Donnie - I'm sad you've left us, but I know you're up there, watching over us. Copied from De...
stupid cellulitis...: Another two days have passed…and my infection is no better. The quarter size spot that started by...
New spot? WTF: ok...not only is the original infection NOT going away...I now have a quarter size pink spot near my...
Yea, I'm complaining again....: I guess I was naive? Thinking I'd start a second antibiotic, and be magically better? Sigh. I ...
Finally, *SOMEONE* listened!: I saw Melanie today - the nurse practitioner from my breast surgeon's office. I explained what had...
TOTAL FRUSTRATION...and a bit of hope: I called the doc's office this morning - and advised them of the peeling. Was told by Trina - the ...
Warning...foob pics: allright - I've been taking the stupid keflex (and actually upped my dose from 2x a day to 3x a day ...
Freakin Infection and Keflex: I finished my antibiotic Monday ... infection STILL wasn't gone...about a quarter size spot. Since ...
My mom, my parade: Tuesday is the one year anniversary of my mom's death. She died at 5:30 a.m. on 3/8/2010...the wor...
Cancer awareness website: There's a website - hopesdreamsdesigns dot com They have a lot of different cancer awaren...
Questions for Breast Implant friends: I will be asking all these questions of my doc, of course, but want some "real" input. 1. Was ...
Weekend Ramblings: I'm taking a break from cleaning the house...watching my cat take a nap in the sun (do cats have a g...
Question for the BC/implant ladies...WARNING FOOB PIC!: Did anyone's foob ever "dent"? This happened to me Saturday, and now again tonight. It doesn't h...
Doc Visit Today: I had my doctor appointment this morning. Infection is almost gone. And I had my FINAL expansion...
4:00 am ramblings: After a night of just being down and depressed and whatever else, I've realized something. I keep...

February (16)

Un, Dis, In: WHERE I AM.... (or where I think I am....I'm kinda in a dark mood tonight...so bear with me.) Unwa...
Kinda cool: I know this will have to go through Jill (sorry Jill, but it was too complicated to write it all out...
Keflex: Again with this antibiotic? I just took it for 10 days..and while it did help, it didn't get rid o...
Stupid infection: Its back...just as red as it was last weekend. Ugh. I emailed pics to my doc and she is call...
Today's Doctor Visit: I went to see the doc this afternoon. The infection is now down to two quarter sized spots - so...
Rambling on a Sunday morning....: The infection hasn't improved, but it hasn't worsened anymore. My doctor emailed me at 9:00 last n...
Needing a break: I’m tired of climbing mountains in my life. It just seems that for the past year and a half, I...
Good news/bad news: Well, good news - in the parade, there may be a PINK POLICE CAR! How cool is that? I'm so excited...
Today's doctor: The doctor said I didn't have to come in, if I didn't want to (my original appointment today was for...
Levaquin: Um, I took one pill and feel like crap. I'm dizzy and lightheaded. Here are the side effects: ...
When it rains....it pours: I've been having some pain since last night...been ignoring it because I just figured I pulled that ...
Freakin insurance: I get a call this morning from my social worker person. She's new to me - since I'm on soonercare (...
Tough? Risk Taker?: I had two separate conversations last night, which kind of opened my eyes a bit about myself. The...
B-day Ramblings: Thanks everyone for your b-day wishes. :) I made it to 43. 42 was a rough year, in between losi...
Scar treatment: I'm watching Fox 23 news Tulsa...they have a Dr. Whitney on...she does permanent tattooing of scars....
February ramblings: Well, my case worker called the other day for my insurance to inform me another lady will be handlin...

January (10)

Insurance/pay: Most of you know I'm on state medicaid, through the Breast & Cervical Cancer program. I qualified b...
Update to Nervous: Thanks everyone for ALL the advice. First things first...I had a marvelous weekend. Just pe...
Nervous: My boyfriend is arriving in five hours...and I'm nervous. It's the first time I've seen him since ...
Feeling at peace? : I put a question mark on that title because...it feels weird to be at peace and content. I haven't ...
Just rambling: Long, quiet week. I had parent/teacher conferences for my youngest - all A's and B's, except ...
Expansion #2: Went for Expansion #2 this afternoon. Did another 80 cc's. So I'm at 160 right now. Apparently ...
Onc. visit: Back from the oncologist visit - I am NOT in menopause. Didn’t really think I was, but it’s go...
First Expansion: Wasn't as bad as I expected. Doc wanted to do 150 cc's. I started cramping at 80, so she stopped...
Monday....what a day: Well, another Monday down. Today was good - for the most part. I slept well, ate a healthy lunch, ...
Happy New Year!: I've made a goal for myself, and I really hope I can do it. I want to do the 2011 Race for the Cure...

2010 (97)

December (29)

Feeling out of sorts...body image issues: I came across some pics I took - of myself before I had my mastectomy. Showing my breasts. (I want...
Questions for BC ladies: I will be asking these questions of my doctors next week, but in the meantime 1. Has anyone on ...
Work: Today was my first day back at work .I ended up leaving at 4:00 (an hour earlier than my usual). ...
Out!: I went out last night...for the first time in about six weeks or so...It was SOOOO good to get out. ...
merry christmas!: Just wanted to wish everyone a very merry christmas :)...
Whining...: My back is killing me...I ended up taking 10 mg valium last night just so I could fall asleep someho...
Today's follow up with plastic surgeon: Saw my plastic surgeon for the follow up - she was happy that the infection is gone (except for a ...
Monday...: I met with my oncologist....very nice guy. He said no chemo, no radiation. They drew blood, to ...
Ramblings of a stir crazy woman....: Another fun filled day of tv, internet and reading...lol I did go to the pharmacy and the dollar s...
Friday : Just another day of sitting on my couch...lol I called the doc's office to check on the results o...
Today: Well, I ventured out today (I didn't drive - had a ride there and back) to my office's christmas lu...
New Day: I'm pretty much the same...same swelling, same redness. Taking my Keflex and sitting on my couch f...
lots of posts today - but i am going home: Doc just came by... agreed with cellulitis diagnosis; sending me home tonight. I've had 7 round...
fluid: supposedly there is no pus/infected fluid inside my breast...it appears to be regular fluid. they w...
no test yet til 11...: One of the main purposes of me staying here was so they could get me in for the CAT scan guided aspi...
Back in the Hospital: ok.. spoke to doctor late this morning, was at the ER at 12. They did a CAT scan..which indicat...
Just lost...: I've been taking my antibiotics, been sitting on my ass. Yesterday afternoon I took a 3 1/2 hour n...
STILL frustrated: I saw the nurse - the same one I've been talking to since Wednesday morning. My doctor is at the...
Frustration - : Getting aggravated now...I called my plastic surgeon this morning at 8 ... after a long night of val...
Finally , a bit of relief (at least on one side): Ok, while there is still swelling, it has improved. The "breasts" are no longer so tight - a littl...
Update: My left side - the "cancer" side - has subsided a bit. However, the right side...just continues to...
swollen, painful: I am so swollen...its like i have breasts again...and according to my nurse, its normal to "blow up"...
DRAIN FREE: Woooooooo-hooooooooo! I feel like a new woman! All four drains out! Didn't hurt at all! ...
Good morning, BFAC friends!: Well, its Monday...officially two weeks since my surgery. I can feel my strength returning day by ...
Frustration: Another night of cramping - not as bad, but involved 2 shirt changes and I'm using a folded up washc...
update on cramping/fluid: I spoke with the nurse at the plastic surgeon's office, who sent my home health nurse out to take a ...
cramping/pain : I am in so much pain tonight...my chest muscles are cramping - around to my back. Especially on my ...
Doc's visit: No tubes came out...after the nurse said 2 would be coming out. I didn't even see the doctor - onl...
i behaved!: lol I behaved today - folded a very small load of laundry - that was it. I did get my hair washed...

November (25)

i overdid it today: I know, I know... I did some laundry, loaded a few dishes into the dishwasher, wiped down the co...
tight fitting bra...ramblings of a tired woman :): this is what i feel like i'm wearing...and i'm wearing nothing, except a button up shirt. the feeli...
no doc appt til thursday: I called my doc this morning to check the time for my appt....and was told it's Thursday at 10. I ...
Drains are getting on my nerves...lol and some kinda icky/body issues.: I feel great except for these stupid drains. The only area I'm sore is under my arms where they go ...
still happy, some questions: ok, i'm seeing the doc on monday, and this has been an issue since i was in the hospital - one of my...
happy: well, i must admit, i'm in a MUCH better place than i thought i was going to be in ... i had visions...
hi there: hi everyone. i made it home today. pain meds - morphine and valium. the valium seems to work be...
Diane: Hi everyone, This is Katie, one of Diane's co-workers, in for Diane. As I am sure, everyone knows...
Good morning: Hi everyone :) not much sleep last night, but surprisingly, I'm ok...for now. lol Right now...
28 hours (but who's counting?): Well, this is last my last day of having breasts. But more importantly, it is my last day of having...
Countdown is on...: Ok, D-Day is rapidly approaching. Monday is almost here...and I’m scared…and in a way, happy. ...
i'm having a bad night...: i don't know what's up with me...this is ridiculous. my day started bad with the nightmares..and t...
question: I'm going to ask my doctor tonight, but it's possible to breast cancer AGAIN even if I remove BOTH b...
nightmares again.: well, first things first...my abscess is SO much better. Hoping they won't reschedule surgery = i...
ok...whining: This abscess is KILLING me...I called the dentist. After an hour, they called me back - they're cal...
What a week: Well, my boyfriend was here for a few days...was so good to see him. He continues to amaze me with...
Ok...Surgery Date Set: I met with the plastic surgeon today. I liked her; she was straight forward, answered every single...
New boobs...or no boobs....: Ok, now that I made the decision to remove both breasts, my next decision is whether to get new brea...
Decision Part II: I was going to edit my origial post Decision...but decided to just add another post :) I appr...
Decision: After a long night, and alot of research, I've come to a decision. Both breasts are coming off. ...
Aggravation....: I got a call from Myriad today. They handle the testing for the genetics. They won’t even su...
Scars: I found this posted on another site...since i can't post the website... go to youtube and search "s...
Genetics...: I met with my genetics doc today. Super guy - very nice...and informative...almost too informative...
Today: Today was just good news all around...I found out my boyfriend is coming to see me; the results of t...
ALL CLEAR!: Just got my results... no cancer ANYWHERE in my body except the two tumors... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...

October (29)

Not cancer related..LIFE related..: Well, I guess that's not true. Because everything these days is cancer and life...since that crap i...
PET scan: I was approved for my PET scan today and they have scheduled it for tomorrow morning at 7:15. I wi...
I hate nightmares: Ugh...long, long, horrible night. I kept dreaming they were doing my surgery to remove my breasts....
just blabbing...lol: Well, I have my appointment set with my plastic surgeon for 11/9. So many questions for that appoi...
Rethinking....: Ok, I talked with doc's office today. Genetic testing consult is for 11/2. they may draw blood t...
bras...: I was cleaning out my closet, organizing, bringing out some clothes for cooler weather. I was goin...
mad as hell and sad...: I was talking with my boss, who is normally a decent guy. Bit of a perv, but decent. So we're tal...
Pink Heals Tour: If this tour stops in your town, or even close...GO. It was amazing. So many women, men, fighter...
Another day...but peaceful....: Ok, today, I woke up - kinda at peace. Not that I didn't tear up quite a few times through out the...
today: i don't think i've ever cried like i cried last night. When I lost my mom - that is the only thin...
bye bye to the girls....: Ok...I am a freakin mess. Dr. Smith said that because I have two cancerous lumps in two different q...
Been thinking: I've been thinking today...I'm such a "get it done" person. Something needs cleaned - do it now....
My weekend so far: I had a great day on Saturday. I went out with a friend, met up with some other friends. One had...
BC and blessings: My BC story...I have the usual - stories of my boys being born, I guess. Both times I gave birth al...
ok...more results are in: Ok, out of the last round of biopsies....the mass at 3:00 is BENIGN. THe mass at 7:00 is cancer. ...
test: There was an issue with my last post...trying to see if this will show up......
Ultrasound and biopsies today: Sigh. My right breast is clear - was just a cyst. The left - where the original mass is - has 2 ...
FML: This was the main body of a post written on Tuesday evening. I had set it to go live today, but st...
Deleting a post: How do you delete a post that isn't posted live yet? I know I can edit it...but how do i DELETE it...
Today: I had my MRI this morning....piece of cake! I even fell asleep! Through all that noise! lol ...
Luchapalooza :) and a Rave about my kids :): Had a good day today :) Did some cleaning (just regular cleaning, no nesting!) Went for a 35 m...
Nesting? and Rambling...of course: For the past two weeks or so, I feel the insatiable need to clean, to organize, to throw things away...
APPROVAL: They finally approved my MRI!! WOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I can't believe it! The doctor's office sai...
Good news: My mom had her mammogram today and what not - ALL CLEAR! Woooo-hooooooooooo!!! I am so happy :) ...
Eh: Feeling rather....out of sorts tonight. Part of it - I was just exhausted almost all day tonight. ...
My sister: My sister...my lil sister found a lump in her armpit, discharge from her nipple. She went to the do...
more waiting: Another telephone conversation with my doctor’s office. They called again to check my MRI approv...
Change: I hate change...for the most part. My life has always been about change, since I was small. I'm a ...
Rambling...lol (seems to be my new habit): I went to Panera Bread this morning to get my Pink Ribbon bagels for the office. 100% of the profit...

September (14)

no mri...: Doctor's office called me - no mri. The stupid health care authority doesn't seem to think i need ...
Melancholy...: Since last night, I've been melancholy. Not depressed...just a bit sad. I feel some of my friends...
Pink Fire Trucks: I came across this organization while searching for local events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ...
Insurance Approved: Title says it all - I was finally officially approved! The doctor has submitted for authorization ...
Back home: Well, I'm back home after a perfect weekend. I had a fabulous time. I was tired - that seems to ...
Rest of my path report is in...: Ok...ES is 95% positive and PR is 70% positive. HER2 is negative. I need to google all this...t...
Non-cancer related Good News! and some rambling :): Since I can't do much until my insurance app. is approved, I'm trying to focus on other things in my...
insurance...: Another phone conversation...guess what. They haven't even processed my application yet! How I go...
frustration: I've been waiting on approval/authorization of my MRI since Friday. I get a call from my doctor's o...
Even keel: Feeling more on an even keel right now. I guess the news has sunk in. I'm waiting approval for m...
tonight just sucks: I've been upset all night. Being so "up" and trying to be normal 24/7 is driving me batshit appare...
Got approved for the insurance :): Well, I got my ID number today. I qualify for the Breast & Cervical Cancer program (state funded pr...
Chemo: I've already decided that I will NOT do chemotherapy. Surgery, radiation, tamoxifen, hormone treat...
Day 2: It's been 2 days since my diagnosis of this disease. I've some time to think and cool down. I was...
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Vital Info

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September 16, 2010

Tulsa, Oklahoma

February 9, 1968

Cancer Info

Breast Cancer

IDC

September 14, 2010

Stage 1

0.1 - 1.0 cm

Grade 1

Positive

Positive

No

No

Everything

I am indeed blessed.

November 22, 2010

Yes. 2019

2019 - new mass in left breast. 2010- None - I found a lump, which turned out to by a cyst. That cyst was hiding one of the cancer tumors. The other tumor was closer to my chest wall.

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