Twas' the night of my first chemo to treat lung cancer (non-small cell) and I was all hopped up on steroids. Impulsively, I booked a bucket list trip abroad for a Tori Amos concert.
I've lost my hair rendering me bald, not once but, twice in my lifetime.Pictures document my hair loss and gain over the years.
I was diagnosed last week with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). I'm told of all the types of lung cancer, NSCLC is the "best," most treatable type of lung cancer.
During the recent Texas power outage & winter storm, I thought I might have lung cancer. Doctors found a mass on my lung. Yesterday, I learned that the mass is benign. I'm still going through testing and figuring out my treatment because a benign mass on my lung remains an issue, but at least it's … Continue reading Lung Cancer Scare & Texas Power Outage 😭❄🚫🔌🚱
A 4 year update, since the day I was list on the Heart Transplant Wait List. "As of today at 4:26:05 CST I'm officially on the ♡ Transplant List! I'm excited because I've given blood, sweat & tears since mid-June to this process, so I'm relieved. I'm also fearful. Mixed emotions-today is a big day. I'm so grateful to you for your ongoing support. I need it!"
My survival guide of how I overcame bone cancer, then later a heart transplant, breast cancer and the death of my Mum from ovarian cancer all within the same time period. I relied on some strategies to endure this time in my life. May my experience possibly lift your burden in some small way.
As a heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor, I have experienced intense physical pain and prolonged mental anguish. I have a few tricks I use to endure pain and I will share them with you. I hope it brings you some measure of relief.
Dear Breast Cancer Patient, Are you trying to decide between lumpectomy vs mastectomy? Unilateral vs bilateral? To have reconstruction or be flat chested? It's fucking overwhelming. I can't tell you what to do, but I can tell you what I did. I was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) only three months after my … Continue reading Breast Cancer: So Many Decisions, What Should I Do?
I am often asked, “where we’re you when you got the call for transplant?” For months I was vigilant, perhaps hyper-vigilant with answering my phone. Nothing would prevent me from picking up an “unknown” call, not even the sacred space of the movie theater was going to cause me to miss the call for a … Continue reading Getting the Call: Heart Transplant & Uber
Read about Jennifer's unbelievable journey that started in 1991 at age 14. Jennifer has overcome three different cancers: bone, breast and lung (all years apart and distinct). Ultimately, chemo as a teenager resulted in a heart transplant. Transplant was an intense journey, as Jennifer's mother also had ovarian cancer at the same time. Jennifer's mother lost her battle and died while Jennifer was recovering from breast cancer surgery. At times life felt unbearable for Jennifer. Now at age 45 in 2022, this difficult journey continues with blood clots and organ rejection.
This post is Jennifer's story.