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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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PhD Graduation (with My Handmade Gown)! 博士課程 卒業式
yoko katz June 4, 2016

PhD Graduation (with My Handmade Gown)! 博士課程 卒業式

I had a PhD graduation ceremony!  I am even more officially, well... I had been since February... but, Dr. Yoko!  I started the PhD program in 2001, that is 15 years of my work.  I am so proud to be able to come this far.  Thank you so much for supporting me, my family, friends, colleagues, my blog readers, and my professors.  Along the way, I started to teach Economics at US colleges since 2004, got married, had a baby, had been raising my son in bilingual, got breast cancer, completed chemotherapy, finished reconstruction, completed my dissertation and the graduation ceremony was the closing of the PhD program!

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2nd Year Anniversary of Breast Cancer Diagnosis 乳がん告知から2年目
yoko katz May 19, 2016

2nd Year Anniversary of Breast Cancer Diagnosis 乳がん告知から2年目

I marked the 2nd year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis on May 19.  Today, 2 years ago, it changed me so much.

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Attending a Wedding in Japan 日本で結婚式に出席
yoko katz May 18, 2016

Attending a Wedding in Japan 日本で結婚式に出席

I have attended a wedding in Japan about 2 weeks ago.  My friends from high school were there and some of them, I had not seen them for 20 years.  Many of them didn't know about my cancer.

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Support Group SHARE Photo-shooting! 乳癌サポートグループSHAREの写真撮影
yoko katz May 12, 2016

Support Group SHARE Photo-shooting! 乳癌サポートグループSHAREの写真撮影

I joined a photo session at SHARE -support for breast and ovarian cancer- yesterday.  I only had one hour to be there and I had fun of getting some photo shooting done with other survivors and SHARE stuff members. These photos will be used for their publications.  Look out!

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No more fussy hair after chemo, finally やっと抗がん剤後のボワボワ髪が無くなる
yoko katz May 11, 2016

No more fussy hair after chemo, finally やっと抗がん剤後のボワボワ髪が無くなる

Since my last chemotherapy about 18 months ago, I kept cutting my hair because it came out so unevenly strong wavy.  I used to have straight hair in natural, but it came out very very wavy.  Finally, it looks like much more of the hair I used to have today!  (This picture is just before cutting for the final time to say good-bye to my wavy hair.)

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