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A new lump 新たにしこり発見
yoko katz September 7, 2019

A new lump 新たにしこり発見

It is any survivor's nightmare to find a new lump from a previously treated area, and it appeared on mine last Wednesday, August 28, 2019. My heart jumped and I stopped breathing. No, this cannot be real. Unfortunately, only my son was available as his school had not started yet and he was the only one I could talk to confirm it. I hesitated at first... But I needed someone to tell me if there was something. He said there was something. I called my doctor's office to get the first available appointment: in 10 days.

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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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Happy Mother's Day  母の日
yoko katz May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 母の日

A happy mother’s day.  My son left his mother’s day card that he worked…

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Option: A Cold Cap コールドキャップという選択
yoko katz March 22, 2015

Option: A Cold Cap コールドキャップという選択

Keeping hair during chemotherapy, we have an option called a "cold cap."  If I had more time to find out about this, I might have had this for me.  I knew about this, but I just did not have time to consider and arrange this.

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Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日
yoko katz February 18, 2015

Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日

"Oh, you only have one earring.  You might drop the other one."

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wrap up for freezing temperature 極寒対策にマキマキ ターバン
yoko katz February 16, 2015

wrap up for freezing temperature 極寒対策にマキマキ ターバン

It has been very very cold in New York area, days of single digit temperature with strong wind.  Putting a wig itself is not a comfortable thing, but adding an extra knit cap to bundle me up makes wig tighten up with extra pressure.  When I take off the cap also makes wig look messy, too.

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Reconstruction in Progress 乳房再建途中経過
yoko katz February 15, 2015

Reconstruction in Progress 乳房再建途中経過

It was exactly a month after my reconstruction surgery that I had an appointment at the reconstruction surgeon's office.  I don't have any more arm movements restrictions after a month of not be able to lift them no higher than my shoulders.  I am set free!

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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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