Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 15

Insert Nap Here

According to the calendar, it’s been one month since my surgery. All in all, I feel much better. My right arm is pretty much back to normal, though all previous muscle definition is gone. My left arm is coming along. I have roughly 3/4 range of motion but absolutely zero strength and a weird tingly-numbness …

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Apr 12

the waiting game

I was supposed to see the oncologist next Monday, to figure out if need chemo or if tamoxifen will be enough. But they called to move it to Wednesday. 48 hours is not a lot. Except when you are waiting to take a deep breath and hopefully move on.


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Apr 07

Look Ma, 2 hands!

I just took a shower and washed my hair using BOTH my arms!!! Why am I telling you this? Because it’s been 3 weeks and 3 days since my double-mastectomy, and my left arm (the side where the sentinel node was removed) is still pretty much non-functioning. So lifting my arm above my head is …

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Apr 05

the proverbial 2 steps back

I thought I was feeling great. It turns out I was very bored and am an overachiever. I have been doing too much. By which I mean driving tiny short distances that NJ could run in under 10 min and going to lunch with a friend. I know. Talk about OVER doing it. But I …

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Apr 04

One ‘Selfie’ I’ll never post

For those of you not up on your internet lingo, a ‘Selfie’ is a self-portrait you take with your cell phone. After the plastic surgeon suggested it 2 days ago, I mulled it over. I was completely alone in the house this morning, about to take a shower, and I did it. I took a …

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Apr 03

the needle went up on the Schlumpometer!

Today, I left my house wearing jeans and a cute peasant top (over my white-old-lady-compression-tank) and had lunch with M. It was good to go somewhere that is NOT the hospital and to wear real clothes. But I have to admit, I got tired really fast, and the skin-stretching in the boob area is in …

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Apr 02

Alien Abduction

You know those people who say they’ve been abducted by aliens and ‘probed’? Well, I sort of feel like that with my body these days.  I was already feeling very at odds with my new body, the pulling all over, the pain under my arm and down my side, the scars. I had mentally prepared …

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