My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Biopsy & Re-reviewed Pap Results

In the July 10, 2014 post, I explained why I underwent a colposcopy and biopsy on July 9. It took two weeks minus one day to get the results, which I received by way of a phone call from an assistant in the doctor's office at noon today. I don’t know why it takes so long to… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Biopsy & Re-reviewed Pap Results

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Post-Colposcopy Report

Photo Copyright 2003, Nelson Soucasaux As I reported in the July 2, 2014 post, my gynecologic oncologist (surgeon) performed a Pap (Papanicolaou) test during my six-month post-hysterectomy pelvic exam on June 19. The results showed “Epithelial Cell Abnormality; Atypical Glandular Cells of Undetermined Significance (AGUS).” This was unwelcome news. So, yesterday I had a colposcopy (from the Greek word kolpos, referring to the vagina and/or womb, + -scopy, examination… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Post-Colposcopy Report

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Pap Smear Uncertainty

 As I reported in the June 20, 2014 post, my gynecologic oncologist (surgeon) performed my six-month post-hysterectomy pelvic exam on June 19 and said that all looked well. However . . . because I told him that I'd been having a light, clear discharge since undergoing vaginal radiation (brachytherapy) in January and February, he took a… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Pap Smear Uncertainty

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Six-Month Checkup Yesterday

   Six months have passed already since my total robotic hysterectomy—and four since my vaginal radiation treatments. Yesterday, I saw my gynecologic oncologist/surgeon, who took a peek and said I'm well healed with no evidence of recurrence. I do have some light vaginal discharge and need to wear a pantyliner all the time, so the… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Six-Month Checkup Yesterday

Do you always have to do what the doctor says? Part 1: When the answer is YES

Balanced decisions require weighing all factors. Don't get caught with your scales tipped. The answer is YES if you are getting radiation therapy for uterine (endometrial) cancer, breast cancer, or any other cancer. Once you make the decision to undergo this treatment, don't give up partway through—persevere until you have received the full dose. See the… Continue reading Do you always have to do what the doctor says? Part 1: When the answer is YES

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Three-Month Reviews, Views, & News

Cancer Awareness Ribbons - Foundation for Women's Cancer As I mentioned in the November 15, 2013 post, awareness ribbons are all over the web, although the color schemes may not yet be standardized (and ribbons and products related to causes have become very commercialized). I happened to wear a turquoise-aqua-tealish-color sweater (with matching socks!) to my medical appointments… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Three-Month Reviews, Views, & News

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained-Update

Final lessons from a pretty, but fragile, aqua bulb lamp.    The Patient Path . . .        Yields Illumination Last weekend, I got the call from Pier 1 that my “new new” lamp was finally in. I had broken the “old new” lamp 10 days before while making the purchase and had… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained-Update

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained

Lessons from a pretty, but fragile, aqua bulb lamp. This story was updated on March 19, 2014. Shattered Glass & Fragmented Spirits Part of my personal treatment plan is to sort through all of my possessions—mounds of them, many of them paper records and memorabilia—and consolidate and clear out as much as possible. This is… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained

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