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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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Wrapping Style in Winter 冬のターバンスタイル
yoko katz January 21, 2015

Wrapping Style in Winter 冬のターバンスタイル

I did not realize how hair keeps my head so warm.  After all those years with long hair I had, I feel cold in head this winter with newly growing very short hair.  This wrapping style became my favorite for this season.  It is warm, gives fullness and playful asymmetry design.  I also like this pin (find it, it is at my forehead) I put in the front on the wrap, too.  A part of it hangs down from the turban and it sways.  It adds a little charm to the style.  Because of the volume, my style does not speak out that I face hairless with cancer.

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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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I Love My New Boobs! 新しいおっぱい大好き!
yoko katz January 16, 2015

I Love My New Boobs! 新しいおっぱい大好き!

I am super excited to inform the whole world that I love my new boobs!  I had my reconstruction surgery on Tuesday and my breast were carefully and tightly wrapped with gauze and a compression torso wrap.

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yoko katz January 13, 2015

surgery, done 無事終了!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for me!  It’s done! i had not seen…

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A Day before Breast Reconstruction Surgery 再建手術前夜
yoko katz January 12, 2015

A Day before Breast Reconstruction Surgery 再建手術前夜

Tuesday, January 13, at 9:30 AM (EST or -New York-), I will undergo an operation for my breast reconstruction.   (Despite the title, it may be today for you.)  I am requesting all of your prayers for me from all over the world.  Thank you in advance, I will receive general anesthesia and will be sleeping well then.  At this point, I am just waiting anxiously for tomorrow.  It will be hard to sleep, but I should sleep well.  Nobody knows how well I can sleep after the surgery.  No drink, no food, not even swallowing accidentally while brushing my teeth after midnight.

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Vitamin and Mineral Rich toward a Surgery 手術に向けた食生活改善
yoko katz January 6, 2015

Vitamin and Mineral Rich toward a Surgery 手術に向けた食生活改善

Exactly a week from now, my reconstruction surgery is waiting for me.  I don't want to do it, but I will have a little bit more "proper" boobs.  I should be looking forward to it.  Yes, I trust in my plastic surgeon!  But a little bit scared, too.

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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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Day31: Casually Dress Well to See Doctors
yoko katz December 19, 2014

Day31: Casually Dress Well to See Doctors

31 days after chemotherapy. Especially since I discovered my breast cancer, I put more effort to dress well to see doctors.  It may sound odd to some of you, but it is very important.  I had a doctor's appointment today and the picture is how I went to see my doctor.

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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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Day13: Meeting with My Reconstruction Surgeon
yoko katz December 3, 2014

Day13: Meeting with My Reconstruction Surgeon

13 days after the last chemotherapy.  I had a meeting with my reconstruction surgeon.  It has been almost 4 to 5 months since I had seen him last time.  I made an appointment when my oncologist told me it was time to meet with him.

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