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!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Not funny to me

Saw the orthopedist today and got the results of the x-ray of my humerus. What do you think, is that a fracture, yes or no?  At least now I have a clue as to why the the pain was so difficult to manage.

I have an appointment tomorrow with my general doctor (I'm taking a lot of morphine, I know that's not the correct term, but my brain simply isn't working properly).

I am surprised by all those who mention praying for me, often strangers, often friends.  Certainly welcome, either way. In the chemo suite I am the beacon of hope as no current patient has outlived the disease this long.  May it continue!

I did learn some things today.  There is most certainly a tumor at the site creating the drop-dead reaction I experienced.  Even I'm beginning to count the days to my own end, but hoping a broken bone is simply a blip.

The next step is direct radiation.  You would think I would be dreading more rads, but no, this is very different. I had brief radiation to four places back in 2002 - for pain relief - (palliative care) and I felt better almost immediately. Radiating a bone is not even almost radiating a sensitive organ such as the bladder.  Hopefully I can get on the schedule soon!

I keep trying to scratch the itch in the crook of my arm - which has suddenly turned to cement.


  1. Wow! That's what my son's foot looked like and they did surgery to pin it back together. This is not just a crack or a light break. This is major. No wonder the pain doesn't cease! I hope the radiation helps but doesn't that weaken the bones more?

  2. Got my medical degree at girl scout camp... but that looks broken to me... OMG that must really hurt. Hang in there... I will continue keeping you in my prayers.

  3. Ouch!! Hoping for pain-free days soon!


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