The news is…. a whole lot of ok. Good and, well not BAD, but not what I wanted and presenting more unknowns. It could end up being good, but it could also turn out to be terrible. Welcome to my life. First, the good news: Not only is the disease stable, there is some shrinkage […]
In September of 2013, doctors diagnosed me with a malignant 5cm mass, discovered during a regularly-scheduled MRI (which I have as part of my follow-up from a 2001-2002 breast cancer battle). After surgery and tests, I learned that I had thymic carcinoma -- a rare and fast-growing cancer of the Thymus gland. Usually, it’s not diagnosed until it’s already spread to the lungs, heart, or other places, because it can be fairly symptomless. I was blessed, as my oncologist said, that my regular MRIs helped catch it early. My outlook would have been much worse if this had been discovered months later.
I am documenting my journey through Cancer Part II in the hopes that it will educate and inspire others who are facing a difficult diagnosis. In the days after I left the hospital, I sat down with my colleagues at Growing Bolder to share my thoughts on this new challenge. As we say -- I am Surviving & Thriving.
Some of my friends say they worry about me because I seem to be missing the “Fear Gene.” Fear is rarely a limiter in my life. I’m often agreeing to do something before I work through the details. And in most cases, leapfrogging over fear to decision-making (read: saying YES) has led to great adventure. It may […]
For whatever reason, Thanksgiving has been a mile marker for my life, my whole life. It started in college. Thanksgiving was the first time I got to go home after leaving for school in Indiana. I’d be lying if I said the girls on my floor in Teter Quad didn’t have a pool going on whether […]
I just turned 55. Even if I didn’t remember, I’m sure the AARP won’t let me forget it: They’ve send me an application every year since I turned 50, and I’m sure this year’s is sitting in my post office box even as we speak. I’ve always loved my birthday. It was the start of […]
See ya at the end of October, Georgetown! Since I posted last, I have passed two blood tests with flying colors. I think I’ve come up with the winning pre-test cramming session. I take the 5am Orange Theory class,don’t drink anything after, drive to the Lombardi Cancer Center, run up and down about 7 flights […]