On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Living precariously

I dodged another bullet.  A nephrologist called me this afternoon, said this morning's blood chemistry was improved ("coming down nicely") and that I'll soon be able to carry on with regular chemotherapy treatments.  He thought it was the contrast dye that triggered the spike -- one that caught everyone's attention, I'll say that.  I don't do things by halves.

I told him I thought it was a perfect storm.  I had a 6th infusion of Taxotere and wasn't feeling well, didn't move for most of ten days, got dehydrated, had a CT scan with contrast dye and - to top it off - enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day feast (and next day's lunch) of corned beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread.  "That's enough to put anyone into renal failure!" was his response and it all made perfectly good sense to him.

Whew!  I haven't breathed since Tuesday......


  1. I'm so glad to hear you're improving, Barbara! I've been thinking about you...

  2. Wow, every time I go away for a time I come back to hearing something didn't go right but you do seem too be able to transcend each episode. That's a good thing!

  3. This is certainly GREAT news! Hope you continue to feel better and better! I love your optimism!

  4. Hi Kate and Timaree -- Around town they call me the miracle woman! I have been extraordinarily lucky to have outlived my diagnosis many times over.


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