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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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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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Attending a Sweet 16 Birthday Party
yoko katz December 27, 2014

Attending a Sweet 16 Birthday Party

My husband and I attended a sweet 16 birthday party in this holiday season.  It was a formal black-tie dress code affair in theme of white and black.  It was my very first time attending a sweet 16 birthday party.  The birthday girl came out in a beautiful long red dress.

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Day27: Echocardiogram
yoko katz December 15, 2014

Day27: Echocardiogram

Day 27 after my last chemotherapy.  I checked myself in for echocardiogram.  Target therapy of Herceptin and Perjeta, some patients develop heart problems with them.  According to a nurse I spoke to when I had the treatment a week ago, if any heart issue came up with the treatments, it should be temporary.  Soon after the therapy is over, the issue will go away.  My heart will be monitored every a couple of months.

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yoko katz December 2, 2014

Day12: Teaching Tuesday

12 Days after the 6th chemotherapy.  Today was the last day of my Tuesday course for the semester and I gave the final exam.

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Day10: Massaging on my legs
yoko katz November 30, 2014

Day10: Massaging on my legs

Day 10 after the 6th and the last chemotherapy.  A friend came over to do massage on my feet and legs.   Kids, her kids and my son, had fun together in and outside.

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Day8: A Happy Thanksgiving
yoko katz November 27, 2014

Day8: A Happy Thanksgiving

Day 8 after my 6th and the last chemotherapy.  We had a happy Thanksgiving.

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Day5: Teaching Monday
yoko katz November 24, 2014

Day5: Teaching Monday

Day 5 after my 6th chemotherapy.  I was not sure if I could commute with public transportation today as I felt so sick yesterday.  My legs have tingling sensation and are very weak.  My parents drove me to the closest station, which only takes 2 minutes ride.  A train to the NYC, and taxi to my office.  The same routine on the way back, too.  I minimized my walking distance so to make sure that I will have enough energy until tomorrow's teaching.

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Day3: after 6th chemo
yoko katz November 22, 2014

Day3: after 6th chemo

Day 3 after my 6th chemotherapy.  I felt nauseous and needed to stay in bed.  My son has been practicing for a middle school's musical, he participates as a member of chorus group.  His three shows were on this weekend.  He asked me to come because he really wanted me to see it (or him).  I had to think about it.  I was not sure how I would be.  Finally, I decided to come to see it.

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yoko katz November 14, 2014

Day16: Panic Attack

Day 16 after my 5th chemotherapy.  I had a panic attack.

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Day12: Teaching Monday, Age-Unknown
yoko katz November 10, 2014

Day12: Teaching Monday, Age-Unknown

Day 12 after my 5th chemotherapy.  It was a fun day today.  I got many comments on my fashion.

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Day7: After 5th Chemo
yoko katz November 5, 2014

Day7: After 5th Chemo

A Japanese friend sent me a set of three pairs of socks when she learned my breast cancer.  The three pairs are different in material; silk, cotton and wool.  I am supposed to wear them at once in the order of: silk to be direct on food, cotton and then wool to be the last.

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Day6: After 5th Chemo
yoko katz November 4, 2014

Day6: After 5th Chemo

I had a lot of rest and it was a slow day today.  My friend took my son out for a sleepover  since last night and they had fun days until today.  My son came back with full of stories to share and that made me so happy.

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Day5: After my 5th chemo
yoko katz November 3, 2014

Day5: After my 5th chemo

People who takes care of me very closely tells me that I am doing better for this cycle.  I look better, talk clearer, eat better and am out of bed for longer hours than my previous cycles.  That is right.  But I still feel nauseous and sick that I really wish there were a day that I would feel great.  I'd love to have a break, only a day would do me great.

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Day14: Choices I did not choose
yoko katz October 22, 2014

Day14: Choices I did not choose

The picture of our homemade ghost when my son was in pre-school.  The head is made with super-market plastic bag filled with newspaper.  自分の家で息子がまだ幼稚園の時に一緒に作ったゴーストのハロウィンの飾り物。それ以来毎年飾っている。頭は スーパーの袋に新聞紙が丸めて入っている。 I had choices to make my IV injection easier: a port or Picc Line.

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Day11:Soccer Mom!
yoko katz October 19, 2014

Day11:Soccer Mom!

It was a breezy cold day, but a perfect sunny day for soccer!  Other than my teaching loads, it was my first time going out from home since my last chemotherapy.  It has been 11 days since then.  I put make-up, wig and a knit cap, and there I am a soccer mom.

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