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A new lump 新たにしこり発見
yoko katz September 7, 2019

A new lump 新たにしこり発見

It is any survivor's nightmare to find a new lump from a previously treated area, and it appeared on mine last Wednesday, August 28, 2019. My heart jumped and I stopped breathing. No, this cannot be real. Unfortunately, only my son was available as his school had not started yet and he was the only one I could talk to confirm it. I hesitated at first... But I needed someone to tell me if there was something. He said there was something. I called my doctor's office to get the first available appointment: in 10 days.

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Recovering Well.  順調なリカバリー
yoko katz August 29, 2017

Recovering Well.  順調なリカバリー

My uterus fibroid removal surgery on last Wednesday, August 23, 2017, it went well and I am recovering.

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Feel Like "Normal" Breast ごくごく普通だと感じる再建後の胸
yoko katz February 18, 2016

Feel Like "Normal" Breast ごくごく普通だと感じる再建後の胸

I was digging snow this past weekend and suddenly, I felt like "wow, it is really normal" about my breast, which had been mastectomy and reconstructed.  I had no pain, and no pulling while shoveling the snow.  I talked about the look of my breast in my last post.  This time, I would like to talk about feel of the breast.

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Completed Breast Reconstruction 再建が終わった乳
yoko katz February 11, 2016

Completed Breast Reconstruction 再建が終わった乳

It was a long way to come, but I just made the last trip to my plastic surgeon's office.  I have known him for 1 year and 9 months.  I did 2-step reconstruction with silicone implant.  Here is the time line;

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Yes, my lost boob is finally back and complete! おっぱい再現 とうとう完了!
yoko katz October 25, 2015

Yes, my lost boob is finally back and complete! おっぱい再現 とうとう完了!

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.

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Semi-Annual Breast Cancer Check Up: CLEAR! 6か月ごとの乳がん検査:異常なし
yoko katz July 31, 2015

Semi-Annual Breast Cancer Check Up: CLEAR! 6か月ごとの乳がん検査:異常なし

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. )

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1 Year Anniversary of Breast Cancer Removal Surgery 乳がん摘出手術から1年記念日 Pose#535
yoko katz June 24, 2015

1 Year Anniversary of Breast Cancer Removal Surgery 乳がん摘出手術から1年記念日 Pose#535

Today, I mark the first anniversary of my breast cancer removal.  I made it!!!  I felt like ROAR, (like Katy Perry)!   I am surviving.  Coco Rocha's Study of Pose book had a great pose for that: #535.

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Regaining Senses on My Reconstructed Breast 再建乳房に感覚が出てくる。Pose #489
yoko katz June 11, 2015

Regaining Senses on My Reconstructed Breast 再建乳房に感覚が出てくる。Pose #489

Teaching has been over awhile ago, but my treatments go on.  I visited my plastic surgeon today, 3 weeks after the nipple reconstruction procedure.  (I visited him last week, too.)

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YES, finally! I fulfilled my appetite! やっと食欲が満ち渡る!
yoko katz May 28, 2015

YES, finally! I fulfilled my appetite! やっと食欲が満ち渡る!

It has been 6 months since my last chemotherapy.  I have been craving food like crazy since then.  Constantly fulfilling my appetite as much as I could.  I am ... finally content.

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"A+ Nipple" 最高級クラスの乳首 Pose#371
yoko katz May 27, 2015

"A+ Nipple" 最高級クラスの乳首 Pose#371

At my post nipple reconstruction surgery visit of my doctor, I received an A+ nipple from the doctor.  He took off my dressing and told me; "It's an A+ nipple!"

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Day of a Nipple Reconstruction 乳首再建の日
yoko katz May 20, 2015

Day of a Nipple Reconstruction 乳首再建の日

This should be my very last time writing this blog title, it is slightly embarrassing.  But it is done!

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Happy Mother's Day  母の日
yoko katz May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 母の日

A happy mother’s day.  My son left his mother’s day card that he worked…

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Option: A Cold Cap コールドキャップという選択
yoko katz March 22, 2015

Option: A Cold Cap コールドキャップという選択

Keeping hair during chemotherapy, we have an option called a "cold cap."  If I had more time to find out about this, I might have had this for me.  I knew about this, but I just did not have time to consider and arrange this.

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Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日
yoko katz February 18, 2015

Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日

"Oh, you only have one earring.  You might drop the other one."

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Reconstruction in Progress 乳房再建途中経過
yoko katz February 15, 2015

Reconstruction in Progress 乳房再建途中経過

It was exactly a month after my reconstruction surgery that I had an appointment at the reconstruction surgeon's office.  I don't have any more arm movements restrictions after a month of not be able to lift them no higher than my shoulders.  I am set free!

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