What happens on February 3rd?

If, like me, you are a fan of redemption movies—and of Bill Murray—then yesterday you tuned into AMC and watched Groundhog Day . . . again . . . and again. . . . My favorite part of the movie is near the end, when Phil (also the groundhog’s name) Connors finally gets it and… Continue reading What happens on February 3rd?

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Year Two Starts Today

On Friday, December 13th, 2013, I had a total robotic hysterectomy for what turned out to be Stage 1B, Grade 3 endometrial adenocarcinoma. One year later, after vaginal brachytherapy, colposcopies, and repeat Paps, I am . . . if not fancy free, cancer free. And I know how lucky I am. My journey with cancer has acquainted… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Year Two Starts Today

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: When Negative Is Positive

 Some Post-Thanksgiving Gratitude Three weeks ago, on 11/11, I had my second repeat Pap test since getting an abnormal report in the summer. In the past, it has taken two weeks to get the results. Today marked three weeks with no phone call. . . . As I was making turkey soup today with the… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: When Negative Is Positive

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: 11-Month Checkup on 11/11 . . . and Another Pap

     eleven is peachy . . . Today I had my 11-month post-hysterectomy visit (my surgery was December 13, 2013). My checkup regularity was thrown off by an abnormal Pap test this summer. Fortunately, it was followed by a normal Pap test—and also by a normal vaginal biopsy, taken during a colposcopy. Doing due diligence, my… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: 11-Month Checkup on 11/11 . . . and Another Pap

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: P.S. to Yesterday’s Post–Life on the Infinite Walkway

Yesterday I wrote about my one-year “to the day” anniversary of being diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer. Today is my one-year “to the date” marker. And I am lucky. Watching the evening news last night, November 3, I saw three stories about people who have lived lives that were, yes, challenged by cancer, but more importantly were full of… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: P.S. to Yesterday’s Post–Life on the Infinite Walkway

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Turning Back the Clock and Looking at “The Fault in Our Stars”

 On the Monday after we turned back our clocks in 2013 (November 4), I received a phone call at 9:17 AM, about the time I am writing this post the Monday after we turned back our clocks in 2014. You tend to store certain moments as if they're in an ice-cube tray in your freezer. But time… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Turning Back the Clock and Looking at “The Fault in Our Stars”

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: An Autumn Peach

 An Autumn Peach Reviewing my past year with uterine (endometrial) cancer, I am grateful for and thank everyone for their support. Also wishing my sisters with all gynecologic and breast cancers the very best this fall season. October 10, 2013: A year ago today, my reading group met to discuss The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak,… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: An Autumn Peach

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: A Surprise Bowl of Summer Cherries

  A beautiful bowl of summer cherries . . . Yesterday, as I was preparing to leave the house to visit my friend Pat R. for lunch, I saw that I had missed a call on my cell phone while I was upstairs getting ready. An assistant from my gynecologic oncologist’s office had called, something that… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: A Surprise Bowl of Summer Cherries

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