A new semester has started this week. I have full of energy to kick off this semester. (Wednesday was my first day of classes.)
Author - Yoko Katz
I passed my dissertation defense in PhD Economics last week! My husband and son celebrated my achievement with a cake and Champagne on the same day. It was a long, and sometimes rough, journey to come to this day. I still have to make some minor revisions, but the major parts are all done! A big relief! (Yes, this is THE big project I have been referring as a big project in this blog.)
In the picture above, I took off my hat while defending it. I tried to look moderately stylish, but hopefully looked smart to defend a serious paper. How do you rate?
I remember the last year Halloween, I felt so sick that I did not even want to get up for bathroom. It was two days after my 5th chemotherapy. I had my nerve system started to be damaged, peripheral neuropathy, that I lost sensation with my finger tips and toes, and I could not walk uphill. That was an scary experience. This year, I was out in streets with my son, going along for trick-or-treating. I could not help but to think, “I could not even walk this street last year.” I was happy to be able to do this again.
My very last procedure of breast reconstruction: tattooing areola is now completed the reconstruction on the past Friday. I did mastectomy on my left breast on mid June 2014. It became my routine to take a look at my left breast every time I became naked. I almost ignore my original right boob. I always look at my left breast for some moments, I mean, every day for the last 16 months.
October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Anything relating to Breast Cancer causes, please post on Instagram or Tweet, with “#BCAstrength” hash tag. With the tag, mention your breast cancer awareness month activity such as:
1: I eat healthy
2: I exercise more
3: I wear Pink ribbon today
4: I made an appointment for mammography
Each entry of #BCAstrength, Estee Lauder will give $25 for breast cancer research up to $25,000.
My action today was that I came out open about my diagnosis to my students of this semester for the first time in this semester. Since I teach many young women at my college each semester, it is my job to raise breast cancer awareness of young women. Young women are more likely to assume they don’t have breast cancer and when they realize that they have it, the outcome can be worse than the average. No annual mammography is recommended under age 40. Often no pain associates with early stage breast cancer. I feel like I have a great mission to spread words and awareness of young women’s breast cancer.
Please take a moment to take an action to fight against breast cancer.
今日は、一つ 行動を起こしてください！あなたの行動1つが、＄２５（3000円）の寄付につながります。乳がん対策の活動をして、インストグラムかツイッターに “#BCAstrength” の ハッシュタグをつけて 投稿してください。例えば、
なんでも 良いです。自分の投稿１つ付、化粧品会社の エステーローダーが 3000円乳がん研究団体に寄付します。エステーローダーは最大合計300万円寄付します。
本日、私は自分の学生に、私の体験を話をして、One Actionを呼びかけました。若年性乳がんは、割と珍しいほうですが、突然にして起こりうることもあるということを、若い女性の多い私のクラスで紹介しました。若いので、まさか自分が癌だと思わずに、しこりがあっても無視することがあります。そして、痛みが出始めたときには、癌がかなり進行してしまっている場合も 若い人には多くなりがちなのです。
さて、一つぜひ 健康な食事の写真でも撮って、ハッシュタグをつけて、投稿して 乳癌研究費の募金にぜひつなげてください。お願いします。
(My hair has been growing into bushes. It’s been 10 months since my last chemotherapy. I used to have very long silky straight hair, but now look how curly it is. I have no idea how to deal with this. It is always going so bushy. I don’t feel this represents me and I cannot wait to have it grow much longer.)
It depends on the types of breast cancer, but especially when one’s cancer grows with hormone such as progesterone positive and estrogen positive breast cancer, getting pregnant raises some concerns. Chemotherapy let alone is a concern for damaging ovaries, there are other things to worry about, too. If a cancer patient is considering having babies after treatments, she should talk to doctors right upfront. This information is only based on my experience, please consult your physician when it comes to details and whether it can be applied to your case. Many cases, insurance companies may not cover this and it can be costly.
My family took me out to celebrate my completion of 1-year-long breast cancer IV treatments: Herceptin and Perjeta treatments!
I just came back from my bi-annual breast check up and no indication of breast cancer. (I hope I will keep reporting this good news every 6 months. If recurrence happens, it has it’s peak in 2 to 3 years after the diagnosis. )
I long waited for this day to come: my last injection treatment for my breast cancer is all done today! No more “chemo unit” visit every three weeks. I did it! (I did the chemotherapy from August to November, 2014. I had been on “targeted therapy” since then. The targeted therapy, the side effects are very minor. What I finish today is the targeted therapy.)
FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup the final match: US vs Japan. My husband and son were on US side, but I was on Japan side to watch the game. I did not expect any team would make 2 goals in the first 5 minutes at the final, but US did. The team USA was very strong!