Share. Connect. Love.

Susan Maiorana - Journal

Read Entries & Updates


Posted 2019-04-13T17:52:16Z


Last week I had my last radiation treatment and the side effects are beginning to clear! I'm beyond thrilled that the treatments are behind me. There will of cousre be follow up appointments with my cancer team but for now I'm focusing on getting back to life. I've jumped back into working with a few freelance gigs and I'm also looking for a full-time job. Next month I'm off to Hawaii with friends to celebrate beating this and turning the big four-oh! [...]

Posted 2019-02-07T18:08:40Z

Keep on keepin' on

Today marks 3 weeks since my surgery and I'm happy to report that I'm doing really well. It was rough at first and I was in ER twice for stomach issues and low blood pressure but I'm feeling much better now! Everyday I feel a little less pain and have more mobility in my chest and arms and on Friday I start physical therapy so that should help move things along. [...]

Posted 2019-01-18T01:50:36Z

All done!

Susan is out of surgery and in recovery! Both the surgical oncologist and plastic surgeon tell me everything went well and there were no problems. Hooray! I'm sure there will be more to report in the coming hours or days but for now: Phew! And thank you all for your thoughts, healing vibes, prayers, and more. Special shout out to Sandheep whose support was shown (in part) with peanut butter ice cream delivered to the UCSF waiting room![...]

Posted 2019-01-16T20:04:24Z

Surgery tomorrow Jan 17!

Hello friends,

Just a quick update to let everyone know that Susan’s surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday January 17 at 1230pm, and is expected to take 3.5 hours to complete. All good thoughts, prayers, distance Reiki, meditations, etc are welcome to ease her through this procedure! I will write an update here when she is safely out of surgery.[...]

Posted 2018-12-30T23:02:14Z

Chemo is done!

On December 27th I was scheduled to have my 16th and final chemo infusion but I'm happy to report that it didn't happen. This last chemo drug (A/C) really hit me hard and my oncologist and I decided that it was too much to put me through the final infusion. It was a very emotional day for me but after several days of reflection I am feeling very positive about the decision and so so glad to have chemo behind me.  My job now is to focus on getting stronger for surgery which has been moved up to January 17th. It was originally scheduled for the 31st but since I skipped the last infusion, my doctor didn't want me to go too long between chemo and surgery. [...]

Posted 2018-12-01T21:29:00Z

2 Down, 2 to Go

On Thursday I had my second infusion of A/C chemotherapy. The first time around it was pretty rough but so far the second round isn't as bad. My medication regimen is much more under control this time so the nausea isn't as intense. I am a bit of a zombie but I'll take that over feeling like I did two weeks ago. A big thank you to everyone who has been helping out with food, it's so appreciated. We are covered for this next week for sure! [...]

Posted 2018-10-28T01:20:14Z

Update and a request

Hello community,

Susan and I are muddling through this cancer business, some days are light and ease-ful, others are sad and hard. Susan has had 11 infusions of a chemo drug called Taxol so far, and will have one more next Thursday, Nov 1. After that she will have 8 weeks of a different kind of chemo, called AC. Susan tolerated the Taxol pretty well initially, but chemo toxicity is cumulative and it’s definitely catching up with her now. She is experiencing increased side effects including neuropathy, stomach and skin problems, and the particularly dumb combination of fatigue and insomnia. Susan is going to write an update herself pretty soon and will share more about how she is feeling.[...]