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After the breast cancer symposium 乳がんシンポジウム無事終了
yoko katz April 24, 2016

After the breast cancer symposium 乳がんシンポジウム無事終了

Yesterday's breast cancer event went successful!  I was one of panelists at the event and shared a part of my stories.  Some issues that young cancer patients may face such as career, raising kids and future pregnancy issues during treatments were discussed.  It was a meaningful event to me.  I hope to encourage people goes through cancer treatments.

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Breast Cancer Discussion Event (in Japanese) 乳癌シンポジウムに登場(ニューヨーク)
yoko katz April 21, 2016

Breast Cancer Discussion Event (in Japanese) 乳癌シンポジウムに登場(ニューヨーク)

I will be speaking as a panelist at a breast cancer symposium this Saturday,…

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Together, we are strong. 共に戦うから強くあれる
yoko katz March 15, 2016

Together, we are strong. 共に戦うから強くあれる

A dinner with two of my friends was a great time.  Especially, when I did not have to worry about cancer nor dissertation!  I am a super happy person!!!

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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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Spring 2016 Semester Started 新学期の始まり
yoko katz January 29, 2016

Spring 2016 Semester Started 新学期の始まり

A new semester has started this week.  I have full of energy to kick off this semester. (Wednesday was my first day of classes.)

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Dissertation Defense: Pass! 博士論文口頭試験 合格!
yoko katz December 23, 2015

Dissertation Defense: Pass! 博士論文口頭試験 合格!

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?

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Happy Halloween 2015 2015年のハロウィン
yoko katz November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015 2015年のハロウィン

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.

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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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[Action Requested!] for Breast Cancer Research Fundraising 乳がん月間
yoko katz October 19, 2015

[Action Requested!] for Breast Cancer Research Fundraising 乳がん月間

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Anything relating to Breast Cancer causes, please post on…

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Pregnancy after Chemotherapy 抗がん剤治療後の妊娠について
yoko katz September 23, 2015

Pregnancy after Chemotherapy 抗がん剤治療後の妊娠について

(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.

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Family Celebration! 家族でお祝い
yoko katz August 2, 2015

Family Celebration! 家族でお祝い

My family took me out to celebrate my completion of 1-year-long breast cancer IV treatments: Herceptin and Perjeta treatments!

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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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My last injection treatment is over! 最後の点滴治療終了!
yoko katz July 28, 2015

My last injection treatment is over! 最後の点滴治療終了!

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.)

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US vs Japan World Cup Women's Soccer Final 日本vs米 ワールドカップ女子決勝戦
yoko katz July 5, 2015

US vs Japan World Cup Women's Soccer Final 日本vs米 ワールドカップ女子決勝戦

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!

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Semi-Final US vs Germany Soccer in Montreal, Canada ワールドカップ女子 米VS独 観戦
yoko katz July 4, 2015

Semi-Final US vs Germany Soccer in Montreal, Canada ワールドカップ女子 米VS独 観戦

The past Tuesday, US won the semi-final Women's World Cup Soccer against Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  We were there to support the team USA.

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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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My period is BAAAACK!  生理が戻ってきた(涙) Pose#480
yoko katz June 22, 2015

My period is BAAAACK! 生理が戻ってきた(涙) Pose#480

I am super excited to have my period back yesterday after the breast cancer treatments.   I was told that chemotherapy could damage my totally healthy ovaries and could strip away my period FOREVER (at the age 36).  I welcome back my period with joy today!

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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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15th Targeted Cancer Therapy 15回目分子標的癌治療 pose#61
yoko katz May 26, 2015

15th Targeted Cancer Therapy 15回目分子標的癌治療 pose#61

I came back from my 15th targeted cancer therapy.  I visited a new chemotherapy treatment building.  I normally go to NYC to do the treatment, but the hospital opened up the new building in my area recently.

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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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