Tag Archives: Cancer

Is it? It Isn’t … Not Yet, Anyway.

The dermatologist called me Friday to let me know that the biopsy results show  the brown spots re-appearing on my forearm are not necessarily true melanoma; he called them atypical nevi. He suggests two choices: return to his office in two weeks for a follow-up biopsy to see whether the new spots are still expanding …

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Next?

So, what do you think people who “look like they have cancer” actually look like?  I’ve known a lot of people with cancer … early stages, treatment stages, later stages… In my mind’s eye, I think I can recognize a person with cancer. Most of the people I know who have had cancer were either …

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An Update on the New Treatment

The dermatologist, whom I’ll call Dr. Williams in my new book, recommended a new treatment for the Actinic Keratosis on my forehead (commonly called AK, and considered a pre-cursor of cancer.)  Normally, he would use cryosurgery: squirts of liquid nitrogen that freeze the skin cells, resulting in their falling off after blistering and scabbing over. …

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A Very Strange Trophy, Unexpected

It’s been a month since Rick and I walked the second Five Mile MS Walk this Spring. Within six weeks, we succeeded in walking nearly ten miles, and were very proud to complete the second walk successfully, even though we were the last to cross the start/finish line. But a few days after the walk, …

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Heat Wave

I do not like the heat. When my younger sisters would invite me to go to the sunny beach on the coast of New Hampshire, I would decline, finding any excuse available to avoid the sun, the heat, the crowds and the traffic in the parking lots. They thought of the beach as Heaven, and …

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What About Genetic Testing?

Have you ever thought of the complexities that have been added to our lives in the past few decades? Are you mystified at the grocery store when the cashier asks “Paper or Plastic?” Does the number of alternative choices on a restaurant menu’s “choice of sides” boggle your mind? Are you able to answer when …

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Cleared From One Doctor’s Appointments

This has been a very busy ten months, but things are quieting down now. I’m happy to say that the dermatology surgeon gave me a clear pass today, with no more follow-up appointments with him for now. I’ll continue to see the dermatologist every three months, but the most recent visit with him also gave …

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Very Good News

This morning the dermatologist’s secretary called, reporting that the two biopsies I had earlier this week show no evidence of cancer.  Like the check-up three months ago, only typical age-related inflamed keratoses were found. I’m asked to watch for a return of pigmentation when the two sites clear, and if seen, come in for more …

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Wait … and Weight

You know, six years ago I changed my menu and shed many pounds, dropped many clothing sizes, and began feeling better. But that year, the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis took the wind out of my new-found sails. I persevered, though, with the nasty injections for four years, thinking it was the right thing to do. …

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Thoughts on Thanksgiving Eve

We’ll be heading out tomorrow morning for a nice dinner with our daughter and her friend, who is cooking a turkey dinner for all of us. Our son will be on duty as a paramedic and won’t be with us,  but will be in our thoughts. So will our grandchildren, who will also be at …

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