I decided to have a fibroid removal surgery. It is coming up next week, Wednesday, 8/23, 2017.
Author - Yoko Katz
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.
I have been on Tamoxifen medication for breast cancer, since November 2014, that is for 2 years and 2 months. I am supposed to take this for at least 5 years and possibly 10 years. I had been suffering from severe leg cramps, but having magnesium supplements gave me peaceful sleep!!! If you suffer from cramps like me, try magnesium supplement!!!!! (Ask your doctor, if you can take it.)
A happy new year! May Year 2017 be a happy and healthier year for you!
I have been waiting for today. The fashion magazine with an article that I was interviewed is released in Japan today. Story fashion magazine, February 2017 issue. As I am in New York, I don’t see the original version yet until the mid January… I am glad that my message has been out in public with a larger audience now!
The first thing first: I am FINE! I just fainted at a blood test. It was rather embarrassing!
I somehow gained weight about 15 lb more than the most stable weight for many years before cancer. Recently, I had an opportunity to talk to other survivors of my age. All three of us discovered that each individual gained about 15 lb. We are all about 2 years after our last chemo.
A Japanese fashion magazine editor from Japan flew into New York to write an article about me. The magazine name is “Story.” http://storyweb.jp/ I cannot wait to see how it will turn up! I will keep you posted about this. It should come out at the end of this year. (But, it will be in Japanese 🙂 )
光文社発行のファッション雑誌Storyから、編集者さんがはるばるニューヨークまで来てくださいました！先週末 金曜日から土曜日にかけて、取材を受けました。こんな経験は初めてだったので、思いっきり楽しみました。どんな記事になるのか、とっても楽しみ！また 発行日が近づいたら お知らせしますので、Stay Tuned! 乞うご期待！