My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Radiation “The New York Way”

             David Lloyd - New York City Yes, as noted in the February 15, 2014 post, my Valentine's gift this year came wrapped in "21 shades of Gray." This is the standard dosage for high-dose-rate (HDR) vaginal brachytherapy following hysterectomy for uterine (endometrial) cancer--7 Grays (Gy) of radiation (iridium-192) given… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Radiation “The New York Way”

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: 21 Shades of Gray for Valentine’s Day

 This diploma is my Valentine's Day gift. This and 21 shades of Gray. As I mentioned in the February 12, 2014 post, my final vaginal radiation (brachytherapy) treatment had to be rescheduled from what I thought was a lucky date--02/13/2014, the two-month anniversary of my hysterectomy--to Valentine's Day, which has even better numerology: 02/14/2014. Mother… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: 21 Shades of Gray for Valentine’s Day

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: A Glowing Valentine’s Day, 02/14/2014

 This year, Mother Nature will be my Valentine . . . she wants me to glow on Friday. Yes, Mother Nature is stronger than numerology. Or is she? My third and final vaginal radiation (brachytherapy) treatment was scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 13--two months from the date of my hysterectomy. But December 13 was a… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: A Glowing Valentine’s Day, 02/14/2014

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: The “Demon Seed”

 In the 1977 movie Demon Seed based on the book by Dean Koontz, Julie Christie's character is impregnated by a computer that wants to experience life. This is what I thought of during my second vaginal brachytherapy treatment yesterday--although it's too late for me to be impregnated by anything but radiation (so to speak). The only… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: The “Demon Seed”

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: The Art of Waiting

Click: A Few of My Favorite Things_#1 Some of my favorite ways ...                                                                                      … Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: The Art of Waiting

My Story – Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scalp: Baby New Year 2014 Arrives with Baby Shampoo . . . & the Promise of a Fresh Start, Part 2

  A Clean Slate . . . but with a Few Fingernail Scrapes Down the Chalkboard (Part 1 Here) I know I've indulged in quite a lot of detail. But as someone who appreciates finding information about the problems I face, I'm providing these stories for the benefit of anyone else going through similar situations. … Continue reading My Story – Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scalp: Baby New Year 2014 Arrives with Baby Shampoo . . . & the Promise of a Fresh Start, Part 2

My Story – Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scalp: Baby New Year 2014 Arrives with Baby Shampoo . . . & the Promise of a Fresh Start, Part 1

  A Clean Slate . . . but with a Few Fingernail Scrapes Down the Chalkboard (Part 2 Here) Being Scalped Creates a Fear of Baby Shampoo This past Monday, December 30, at almost the very end of 2013, I had one more cancer removed. The basal cell carcinoma in the part line of my… Continue reading My Story – Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scalp: Baby New Year 2014 Arrives with Baby Shampoo . . . & the Promise of a Fresh Start, Part 1

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Cancer No More –What a Difference a Day Makes

 A lot of the medical aspects of this blog are about the things that go wrong. But a lot of things also go right. It is amazing what can happen in the span of a single day. I returned home this afternoon, just before the weather got really bad, from St. Barnabas Medical Center in… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Cancer No More –What a Difference a Day Makes

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Emotional Factors–The Cancer Community & Beyond

 If it is difficult for me at age 61 to face a diagnosis of uterine cancer and the imminent loss of my "female organs," imagine what a woman who is 40 years younger must need to cope with. I'm wishing sister blogger Emily, age 22, the very best this week as she faces her total abdominal hysterectomy--and a… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Emotional Factors–The Cancer Community & Beyond

Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read

Peach Ribbon for Uterine Cancer Awareness Download Informative Presentation Handout THIS INFORMATION IS BEING UPDATED for 2020, SO PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON. Read the companion piece, Breast Cancer Risk Factors. While this information is being updated, please keep in mind that estrogen-related factors account for 80% of uterine cancers and that obesity is a big part… Continue reading Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read