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time again to check yourself or someone you love for signs of breast cancer
this week i had an echocardiagram to see how much my heart has recovered + a bone density scan to see how much bone i've lost or gained. did you know that breast cancer chemotherapy causes 8.8% bone loss in the 1st year + a few % more every year after that than you'd normally lose? that's an important reason to keep doing weight bearing exercises during chemotherapy + as part of your lifestyle. i do a cardio weight training class 3 times a week, plus a cancer survivor dance class 2 times a week.
next week, i have a mammogram, ultrasound, + lymphedema therapist consultation/evaluation. i'm excited to meet the lymphedema therapist + get my treatment started to reduce the lymph fluid that swells my right arm, underarm, side, back + front. the lymph fluid from that whole area is supposed to drain to my right underarm lymph nodes, but they were removed along with my mastectomy, so the fluid collects + it's painful.
the treatment will involve daily massage for a week to drain the area + redirect the lymph to other lymph nodes, then compression bandaging for another week, changing the bandages every day. then i'll wear an arm sleeve from the time i wake up til i go to sleep for the rest of my life.
i'm grateful for my arm + excited to get the swelling + pain under control, so i'm not limited in what i can do, including computer time. i'm also really excited to be planning my daughter's birthday party + figuring out her school plans for this fall. i registered her at a nearby public school, but her papers were returned + we were told we had to go to a different town for public school, which turned out to be in an epa top 20 superfund cleanup site for asbestos, so we applied to the school district lottery for the allowed 2 other schools, but we didn't win, so i'm in a hopeful panic for kindergarten opportunites for her to begin in the fall. i think all the private schools are probably booked by now + homeschooling sounds really rough, but so far i've found a web based math class for gifted children through a university, + i'll build her schoolwork around that + keep trying for a private school.
the moral is, catch breast cancer early, so you can concentrate on living :)
illustration: alexander girard
by ~mod*mom~ at 12.4.08 Â©
Oh wow- I wish you very well at your checkup and with the schooling!! I know it will all work out in the end!
I'm with Steph - you are one of those people who deserves all good things in the world. Sending you best wishes that everything turns out as it should.
Be strong, and I will cross my fingers that Mod*Tot gets into a clean school and doesn't have to worry about her health or her mommy's...
Hoping everything would come up roses, ModMom! It doesn't sound like a picnic, but I hope all works out:)
good morning pals!
Thanks for the reminder...I find myself saying, tomorrow, tomorrow. It's one of those things that can't/won't wait. Thank you again...I wish you the best!
its an incredible pain that you have to go through, the thought of the procedures makes me a bit squeemish, its a terrible thing that anyone has to go through that. in addition,. im a little freaked out about the future of schooling.
You are so positive on your blog, I had no idea you had problems like the rest of us and worse!
Ugh- the school lotteries and new systems are terrible for everyone. Sorry you're having an especially hard time, but I'm sure it will work out in the end. Glad to hear you have a treatment plan for your arm! Sounds like you have much to look forward to with birthday parties, and all. :)
thanks for the support :)
Let me just join the choir of well-wishing people above. And also say that I like that pillow!
thank you for your well wishes all the way from sweden p-e!
thinking of you and all that you are going through and wishing you well. is there a public virtual school funded with preset curriculum available to you as an alternative while you wait and see? here in florida i did just that when my son was in 6th grade and we were waitlisted for private schools. our florida version is http://www.k12.com/flva/.
wow popsicles & lollipops!
thank you so much p&l!!!!
MM- This moved me to tears. You're so fabulous and sweet. Just sending some big hugs. XOXO
you're so sweet ms.mamma!
Ahh! Good thing you checked yourself out, keep on theraputing!
hugs back to you p-e!
Great news, mom!! *hitting the crash cymbal* That's really good to hear!!
that is GREAT news!!!
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