A Healthier New Year 2018, to you! (日本語は英語の後にあります。）
A Lifestyle Blog with Breast Cancer
Fashion can help us heal this process!
In May, 2014 at an age of 36, I was diagnosed with breast cancer; Estrogen Positive, Progesterone Positive and HER 2 +++ with Micro-metastatic on 1 lymph node (Stage 1B). I am a Japanese, living in NY area with my husband and a son. Left mastectomy is done. November, 2014: I completed Doxetaxel & Carboplatin 6 chemo cycles in every 3 weeks. Herceptin and Parjetatarget therapy IV injections every 3 weeks are over in July 2015. The 2nd stage reconstruction surgery is completed on January 13, 2015. Nipple and areola construction has completed in December 2015. Hormone therapy will be for 5 years until November 2019.
2014年5月、36歳、乳がん告知。エストロゲン・プロジェストロンホルモン ＆ HER2 ＆リンパ1つに微小の転移あり。(Stage 1 B) 左胸全摘出。同時再建開始し、2015年1月13日乳房再建の2度目の手術終了。2015年12月乳首と乳輪の再生工程終了。ドクセタクセル＆カーボプラチン抗がん剤6サイクルを2014年11月に終了。ハーセプチンとパージェタの点滴治療は2015年７月終了。口径ホルモン治療２０１４年１１月から５年間。ブログエントリーは、英語の後に 日本語記述してます(内容は、英語も日本語も同じ)。
I had to think twice before I answered, “I am healthy today,” 3 years after my breast cancer diagnosis. Have you thought about what it means to be “being healthy?” New definition is needed, let’s think about that. 日本語は英語の後にあるよ
After 2 weeks of the recovery time, I went back to work. During these recovery days, I had basically no social life, no make-up and no hair-do. Some friends pop-up to check up on me, and that cheered me up! But otherwise, I was getting a low self-esteem over time. So, dressing up brought back my good energy! I really needed that effect from the styling.
My uterus fibroid removal surgery on last Wednesday, August 23, 2017, it went well and I am recovering.
I received a phone call after lunch, telling me my check-in and surgery time for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23, 2017. I will remove a or many fibroid(s) from uterus, and I will be sent home on the same day (wow, unthinkable from knowing some Japanese medical system). Oh boy, the last couple of days, I could not focus on anything! Read More
I had MRI and a pre-surgery test done today. This to confirm that I don’t have any other concerns and the fibroid is fibroid and nothing else before surgery.
I decided to have a fibroid removal surgery. It is coming up next week, Wednesday, 8/23, 2017.
This summer in June, I had my regular oncologist visit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. There is no sign of cancer so far and that was good. But my fibroid is getting so big that the oncologist requested me to test and check with specialists. Over this summer, I have seen some specialists and it looks like I will have a surgery to remove it.
My GYN said my fibroid is as big as a grapefruit, or my utrus with the tumor is about 4 month pregnant size.
(The top picture, the hat I made, Hats by Yoko Katz, became a matching set to the hospital gown. LOL.)
Three years ago, today, I received a phone call from a radiologist. My husband also pictures exactly where and what position he heard the terrible news when I picked up the phone that day. I still believe that was not done right that I was told “all three were cancer,” and I was not informed of the stage of my cancer. How scared I was, you cannot imagine. The internet information only terrified me, telling me in statistics of “5 year survival rate.” When I was completely, I thought, healthy 36 years old. My son was only 8 years old, quickly my wild and worse imagination occupied me and confined me in a darkness. It was hard to breath, I cried for days and months. 日本語は英文の後にあり。
This past Saturday, April 23, 2017, I was one of three guest speakers at a breast cancer awareness conference held by a non-profit organization, Young Japanese Breast Cancer Network, at a residence of Japanese ambassador in New York. Two other speakers were breast surgeons from New York and Japan, both Japanese, and I was a survivor speaker. My title of the presentation was “my breast cancer treatments story: fashion helped me in my healing process.” My story + turban wrapping demonstration in 15 minutes.