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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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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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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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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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"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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Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日
yoko katz March 5, 2015

Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日

"This is not like me."  "I did not want to do this."  "I did not choose to do this."  "It does not reflect my character."

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Wig Style Attitude/Teaching Wed ウィッグを付けたときの心構え/水曜授業の日
yoko katz February 26, 2015

Wig Style Attitude/Teaching Wed ウィッグを付けたときの心構え/水曜授業の日

When I wear colorful wigs, I found there were times I had to be careful when to wear them.

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Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日
yoko katz February 10, 2015

Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日

In a 3 hours lecture, I walk around classroom, visiting students here and there.  I give students worksheet, sometimes an individual work, or a group work.  I catch some troubled students early to set their understanding straight before they get really in trouble at the end.

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Teaching Wednesday 授業水曜日
yoko katz February 4, 2015

Teaching Wednesday 授業水曜日

Teaching two courses -3 hours each- in a day, while I was constantly concerned about my breasts is stressful.  I was changing back and forth between Power Point by pulling down a slide screen and let it roll up for a use of blackboard was a pain in the butt breasts.

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20 Days after Reconstruction Surgery 乳房再建手術後20日
yoko katz February 2, 2015

20 Days after Reconstruction Surgery 乳房再建手術後20日

I could not handle well of seeing the scar sites on my breasts last night.  I was almost fainting and called my husband to take me to bed. -nothing happened to the surgery sites, it was all psychological, just wanted to let you know in advance.- The picture is from our window about a week ago.  I did not modify the color, it was a beautiful sunset.

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Teaching Wednesday for Spring 2015 Semester 水曜授業日
yoko katz January 29, 2015

Teaching Wednesday for Spring 2015 Semester 水曜授業日

Spring semester has started at college and I am back on my teaching schedule.  My very first teaching was supposed to be on Tuesday, but an expected huge blizzard cancelled it the day before on Monday.

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yoko katz January 19, 2015

9th Targeted Therapy Day 9回目分子標的治療

Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be my 9th targeted therapy day: treatments for HER2 -Herceptin and Perjeta.  Wish me luck for an easy IV insertion again.  One after another treatments... (Look how much hair came out so far!  The picture is from a week before my surgery.)

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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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