January 17, 2009
Just been out of touch for a while, and wanted to get everyone up to speed on what has transpired in the last 5 days.
I came back to bad news, and immediate action is taking place. Well as immediate as the socialized medicine system can do. I have been bumped to the top of the MRI list and am getting a new scan Sunday at 3:45 GMT. After waiting 5 months for my last scan and now getting two what I consider back to back inside of a month, makes me ponder the logic to the whole wait list system.
But apparently my blood level have skyrocketed ( see more on cancervisa) and I am scheduled to see a radiologist in the near future to examine the “growth” and determine the best approach to this aggressive cancer activity. I really am not looking for a chat session, and then tease me and call me back later. Filling my head with bad news and waiting with anticipation until they can do sims ( simulations) and finally get to the radiation.
I guess I want to let go of the formalities, and get down to why we are there in the first place. I’d be just peachy if I got a 5 minute consultation before I hit the sims and be Zapped that same day. I am aware of the dangers, can we just get on with this please? You can see I have been around the block a few times with radiation, and I have had my red chest marks to prove it. So for those who wanted to visit and catch up with each other in Texas at the Dallas YSC conference, I’ve had to give back my scholarship and still fighting the travel insurance company to get my ticket refunded. Just a bit annoying at best, compared to what awaits me. RADIATION ugh.
December 10, 2008
Hilary Clinton introduced the mamma gram. That every mother should get a mammogram. I think we should become women advocates and take the mamma gram a step further. We should require a young women to get a mammogram before she enters the work force, or before she goes into higher education. Make a physical and a mammogram part of the entrance requirement to university-college. Why you ask. Why such drastic measures.
Well my take on it is survivability. It is know that is stages one and two are 70% curable. But where it gets hairy is when the cancer goes undetected like mine and heyjudeseattle …see her video.
The other reason for a mammogram is to have a baseline, a clean slate as it were to base better prognosis and know better courses of development. I would rather have thousands of dollars wasted to have nothing show up on a mammogram than have one younger women die of cancer because it is considered an old age disease.
Did you know the fastest growing group of new cancer patients are under 40 years of age and premenopausal. Balance that against all studies are made around POST menopausal women. So basically the medicine world does not have a clue how to treat a premenopausal women except to force her into menopause via drugs or removal of ovaries via an operation.
Who wants to help me right a breast cancer bill and send it to congress!
June 18, 2008
I am not famous enough to help raise billions of dollars for breast cancer, or powerful enough to give influence. You will never see me running with the olympic torch. But what I can do is have the forum to speak to young up and coming doctors about my sickness cancer.
I am able and capable of getting in a taxi, riding across town and spontaneously answering some questions given to me by my psychologist. Yes, I believe a shrink is necessary to get through cancer. I can’t rely completely on unprofessional help. Thee have been melt down points when even love-of-my-life asked me to call the professionals in for advise.
So I am a little nervous because this will all take place in a conference setting with stadium seating. I was earlier in my life, just after grad school, a college professor. I returned to this field in Holland when we were planning a baby. The combo between teaching and children sounded good. Both times I spoke English all day long. Now I have to brush up on my Dutch, otherwise I won’t be credible. All I want to do is make my contribution to society today. Even if it is in some small way, like this post, or in a grand scale this afternoon. Wish me luck! sorry for the cross post on cancervisa