Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dana Farber on Hormone Positive BC - A midnight special

As you may remember, I don't always find Dana-Farber articles clear, and sometimes doubt how they fit with other famous hospitals' findings.

You may already know a lot on the hormone positive cancers from your own research.  Even so, if you missed this article today that I found on Twitter, you might check it out because there is a video on what's new with hormone positive BC.  Or a recorded speech or... something.  I'm moving and haven't read that part yet,

You knew I'd say ... check out another hospital or the leading MDs on TW to see if they all agree.

My DCIS was hormone positive for estrogen and progesterone, so I still take Tamoxifen.

That's all I have the energy for tonight.  It's yours, typos and all.

I wish you health.

Friday, February 12, 2016


What did the doctor just say?  How can I take notes if I don't know what that word is or how to spell it?  Is it something horrible?

TODAY I learned something from skimming this glossary that  pointed out on twitter.  A real service from Breast Cancer Org. UK.

Search bcc or Glossary of  breast cancer terms  if this link doesn't get you there.

I wish you health.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BACK TO PT -- the worst thing and the best COFFEE BREAK EDITION

Yesterday I went back to the same place for physical therapy.  This time I had requested, upper body, balance, and confidence on stairs.   I have more peripheral nerve problems now plus some leg fatigue and aches that started 2 weeks after Prolia.  What I always have are rather short legs for a 5'2 person.

The worst thing about the visit was a problem I have almost everywhere:

There is not a chair or bed that room that I can sit on without pain.

I filled out a bushel of paper work, most of it standing up, some of it balancing the clipboard on part of their equipment.  

The new PT is not going to be my best friend, I felt somewhat talked down to.  And she gave me some bad news.

The best thing:

On my purse, I had tied a length of bright yellow elastic used in the upper body workout I had expected.  A nurse or therapist, maybe from inpatient, came up to me when I was in the hall leaving. She teased me a little - "I want you to use that yellow tape at home, don't just take it home."  After a little chat, she showed me how to fasten the tape to a door knob or even (if I can reach) the top of the door.  She made me laugh and made me feel at home again there.

Two employees, same day.  Such a "small" thing made such a therapeutic difference.

I wish you health.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SECRET OF YOUTH for you who skipped the exercise post ...COFFEE BREAK EDITION:


Casey Quinlan, Dana GoldmanPHD made me laugh on Twitter this morning; I needed a laugh so much.

"We already have delayed aging drug.  It's called exercise."

Osteoporosis, spine injury - read the part of yesterday's post on exercises that are not recommended for us with these problems.

I wish you health.