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(JP language event) "Hair-loss with chemo" 「抗がん剤で髪が抜けたら」でお話します
yoko katz May 29, 2018

(JP language event) "Hair-loss with chemo" 「抗がん剤で髪が抜けたら」でお話します

(Sorry, only this event is in Japanese but) I will be speaking at an event at 6pm on June 11, 2018 at SHARE breast and ovarian cancer Japanese support group in NY.  The program invites a medical researcher to discuss mechanism of hair loss during chemotherapy.  I will be demonstrating turban wrapping. イベントでお話します。ニューヨークの乳癌・卵巣がんの日本語サポートプログラムSHAREにて、6月11日6時から、抗がん剤治療での髪が抜けるメカニズムの話があります。メモリアルスローンキャタリングの癌治療研究をしている田中先生のお話を中心にして、私は髪の毛が抜けたら、ターバンで素敵に変身できますよ というデモンストレーションをします。お会い出来たらうれしいです。

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4th Year Anniversary of My Breast Cancer Diagnosis 宣告から4年目
yoko katz May 19, 2018

4th Year Anniversary of My Breast Cancer Diagnosis 宣告から4年目

Today is my 4th year anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis.  For how many more years, will I remember that day so vividly?  Probably for awhile!

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A Healthier New Year!
yoko katz January 4, 2018

A Healthier New Year!

A Healthier New Year 2018, to you! (日本語は英語の後にあります。)

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Am I "Healthy" after Cancer? 癌治療後の私は「健康」なの?
yoko katz October 12, 2017

Am I "Healthy" after Cancer? 癌治療後の私は「健康」なの?

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

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After Surgery, Back to Work! 術後、お仕事復活
yoko katz September 11, 2017

After Surgery, Back to Work! 術後、お仕事復活

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.  

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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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Surgery!  いよいよ手術!
yoko katz August 23, 2017

Surgery! いよいよ手術!

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!  

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MRI and Pre-Surgery Test  MRIと術前検査
yoko katz August 18, 2017

MRI and Pre-Surgery Test  MRIと術前検査

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.

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Surgery is coming up. 手術決定。
yoko katz August 16, 2017

Surgery is coming up. 手術決定。

I decided to have a fibroid removal surgery.  It is coming up next week, Wednesday, 8/23, 2017.

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Possible Surgery for Fibroid Removal 子宮筋腫を取り除く手術かも
yoko katz August 11, 2017

Possible Surgery for Fibroid Removal 子宮筋腫を取り除く手術かも

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.)

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Marking the 3rd anniversary of breast cancer diagnosis 乳がん宣告3年目
yoko katz May 20, 2017

Marking the 3rd anniversary of breast cancer diagnosis 乳がん宣告3年目

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。 [caption id="attachment_2293" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A beret hat by Hats by Yoko Katz, yes, my design![/caption]

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symposium speaker (in Japanese) success!  乳がんシンポジウムの講師
yoko katz April 24, 2017

symposium speaker (in Japanese) success! 乳がんシンポジウムの講師

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. 日本語表記は、英語表記の後にあり。

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Tamoxifen, Leg Cramps→Magnesium  タモキシフェン、こむら返り→マグネシウム
yoko katz January 23, 2017

Tamoxifen, Leg Cramps→Magnesium タモキシフェン、こむら返り→マグネシウム

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.)  

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Happy Healthy New Year to You! 明けましておめでとうございます。
yoko katz January 3, 2017

Happy Healthy New Year to You! 明けましておめでとうございます。

A happy new year!  May Year 2017 be a happy and healthier year for you!

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yoko katz December 27, 2016

The magazine is published today! 本日雑誌発売日!

I have been waiting for today.  The fashion magazine with an article that I…

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Fainted at Oncologist Office 腫瘍内科で気を失う
yoko katz December 22, 2016

Fainted at Oncologist Office 腫瘍内科で気を失う

The first thing first:  I am FINE!  I just fainted at a blood test.  It was rather embarrassing!

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My Weight Again after Chemo 抗がん剤後の体重増加の私
yoko katz December 8, 2016

My Weight Again after Chemo 抗がん剤後の体重増加の私

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.

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Japanese Fashion Magazine Interview 取材を受けました!
yoko katz November 16, 2016

Japanese Fashion Magazine Interview 取材を受けました!

A Japanese fashion magazine editor from Japan flew into New York to write an…

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Normal Nails Again (21 Months after Breast Cancer Chemo) 爪がやっと元に戻ってくる(抗がん剤終了から21か月)
yoko katz September 7, 2016

Normal Nails Again (21 Months after Breast Cancer Chemo) 爪がやっと元に戻ってくる(抗がん剤終了から21か月)

After 1 year and 9 months from my last breast cancer chemotherapy treatments (ended in November 2014), I finally feel that my nails gained again the strength I used to had.  Up to this summer, my nails had been chipping, cracking, and coming into multiple separated layers all the time.  I could not grow them at all.  But now I can!

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SHARE cancer support group website 米・乳がん卵巣がんサポートグループ ウェブサイト
yoko katz August 19, 2016

SHARE cancer support group website 米・乳がん卵巣がんサポートグループ ウェブサイト

I am so happy to see the photos from the photo shooting from 3 months ago came out great!  I am on SHARE breast and ovarian cancer support group organization's website and it's Fall 2016 brochure.  https://www.sharecancersupport.org/  Click and see, I am on the home page!

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My Short Bucket List 私の短い「死ぬまでにしておく事柄リスト」
yoko katz July 25, 2016

My Short Bucket List 私の短い「死ぬまでにしておく事柄リスト」

I have a very short bucket list.  One of them marked off: "A Trip to Italy!" [caption id="attachment_2182" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Tuscany's Sunflower Field. トスカーナ地方のひまわり畑[/caption]

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After Chemo, Tamoxifen and Periods  抗がん剤治療後の タモキシフェン口径薬と生理
yoko katz July 12, 2016

After Chemo, Tamoxifen and Periods  抗がん剤治療後の タモキシフェン口径薬と生理

My periods have changed to horribly heavy periods after chemotherapy and being on Tamoxifen medication for breast cancer.  

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Happy 4th! 米独立記念日
yoko katz July 4, 2016

Happy 4th! 米独立記念日

“Happy 4th of July,” everyone! I am doing generally very well and enjoying the…

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Breast Cancer Oncologist Appointment: Nothing! 乳がん腫瘍内科定期健診:何もなし
yoko katz June 10, 2016

Breast Cancer Oncologist Appointment: Nothing! 乳がん腫瘍内科定期健診:何もなし

No news is the best news when meeting with my oncologist for semi-annual check-up of my breast cancer.  This was my 2nd check-up after completing IV (Herceptin) injection treatment in July 2015.  I was thinking "please don't tell me anything" and crossing my fingers when my doctor hand-examined my breasts.  I hope to keep "nothing" news in my future.  This time, it was nothing, yay!

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