Category Archives: Medical Treatment

My Oncologist – Longest Relationship I’ve Had with a Man

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When I first found Dr. Lawry Kaplan on the UCSF website, I thought he was way out of my league – internationally recognized leader for developing new lymphoma treatments and the director of the lymphoma program at UCSF were among his cancerlebrity statuses. At the time, I was about to start first-line treatment at a […]

Dear Angelina Jolie

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Dear Angelina, Thank you for The New York Times’ op-ed piece, My Medical Choice. As you so rightly put it, “cancer strikes fear in people’s hearts,” and in my experience, many supporters will be awesome, but there will also be people who run for cover or give unwanted commentary at a critical time when the […]

Calling Radiation DONE!

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This past Monday was my last radiation treatment. And you’ll see in the attached photo that I was awarded with a certificate of completion. I’m also pictured here with Pat and John, the two technicians who worked with me most days. John is holding the dreaded mask and I’ve also got the sleigh bells in […]

Radiation progressing well …

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I’ve now had two radiation treatments and it hasn’t been too bad so far. Not fun, but not humiliating like the ‘anyone-else-want-to-see-me-naked?’ mask-making session earlier last week, and as it turns out, not quite worthy of a panic attack. The only side effect so far is that I’m fatigued. Today, I came home and crashed […]

Imprint of a Radiation Mask

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Yesterday’s radiation planning visit resulted in the production of this pictured face mask for the purpose of immobilizing my head and shoulders during treatment. I should preface by saying that I didn’t show up to this appointment carrying a ton of fear. On the contrary, I was actually treating this visit as a formality before […]