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Quick Update – My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Three Peach Roses on My Three-Year Anniversary

Yesterday, I posted a brief announcement that I remain cancer-free on the three-year anniversary of my total robotic hysterectomy for uterine (endometrial) cancer on December 13, 2013 (a lucky Friday). I said I would provide the full scoop today, and I have provided more information below. But this will need to be just a quick update as… Continue reading Quick Update – My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Three Peach Roses on My Three-Year Anniversary

My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Three Peach Roses on My Three-Year Anniversary

Three years ago today, on December 13, 2013 (a Friday), I had a total robotic hysterectomy for uterine (endometrial) cancer. Today, I saw my gynecologic oncologist at the 36-month mark. I remain cancer-free. But I learned something I hadn't known about my tumor. And my doctor has a message for YOU. After a long day, that’s all… Continue reading My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Three Peach Roses on My Three-Year Anniversary

Update: My First 3D Mammogram – And an Important Note about Breast Density

In the December 6, 2016 post, I described having my first 3D mammogram this week. It showed that I have  “sunshine breasts”—no clouds in my imaged fields. This makes me one of the lucky ones. My official report came in today’s mail confirming that my mammogram was normal (benign) and that my breast tissue is primarily… Continue reading Update: My First 3D Mammogram – And an Important Note about Breast Density

My First 3D Mammogram – I Have “Sunshine Breasts”

Yesterday I had my first 3D mammogram. The technologist said I have “sunshine breasts”–not a cloud in the imaged field. I’m one of the lucky ones. See the updated post on December 9, 2016: Update: My First 3D Mammogram – And an Important Note about Breast Density On December 5, 2016, I went for my routine… Continue reading My First 3D Mammogram – I Have “Sunshine Breasts”

My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: Remembering Her & Her Husband on Her Birthday

Sandra B. Crespy Kline  12-6-52 — 9-27-10 My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: In Memoriam on Her Birthday–Two Last Cups of Tea More of Sandee’s Story Obituary Mitchell Ross Kline 6-24-52 – 9-15-16 My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: Sad Update on Her Family Northeast Times Article Obituary

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Wishing everyone on “The Patient Path” a very happy and healthy holiday. Courtesy of my husband, Farok Contractor, I share these interesting reflections on our national day of gratitude: Second Helping: Thanksgiving Day and Globalization, a refreshed version of his November 27, 2015 post. The original post provides interesting historical perspectives and fun facts about Plimoth Colony and Plantation, an… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Update on Gynecologic Cancers in Memory of Gwen Ifill

On Monday, November 14, 2016, PBS NewsHour co-anchor and co-managing editor Gwen Ifill died from uterine (endometrial) cancer. On November 16, 2016, the NewsHour did a piece on gynecologic cancers consisting of interviews with Dr. Karen Lu, chair of gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Dr. Angela Marshall, an adviser to the Black Women’s Health… Continue reading Update on Gynecologic Cancers in Memory of Gwen Ifill

Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 3–Surgery

In Part 1–Chemotherapy, we entered Diane’s story as she was undergoing pre-operative chemo for invasive lobular cancer (ILC) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) of the right breast, a relatively uncommon form of the disease. That post discusses breast cancer statistics, as well as the details of Diane’s chemotherapy protocol and its effects. In Part 2–Diagnosis, we reviewed why Diane… Continue reading Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 3–Surgery

Gwen Ifill, PBS Reporter, Dies of Uterine Cancer

Photo Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for “Meet The Press” I was Gwen Ifill’s age when I was diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer three years ago. Today, the world lost an astute, inspiring reporter, whom I’ve followed on the PBS NewsHour for a number of years. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/business/media/gwen-ifill-dies.html?_r=0 More than 60,000 American women will develop uterine (endometrial) cancer… Continue reading Gwen Ifill, PBS Reporter, Dies of Uterine Cancer

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Patient Path!

The Patient Path began on November 9, 2013 . . . . . . just 5 days after I was diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer. Three years later, I am grateful to be a cancer survivor. And I want to hear more women diagnosed with this disease say the same thing. More than 60,000 American women… Continue reading Happy 3rd Anniversary, Patient Path!