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Posted 2017-05-31T22:12:25Z

Chemo starts Monday

Hello...so a funny thing happened today...my computer crashed. Really. So, as we thought I will begin chemotherapy on Monday morning, June 5. I will be receiving a cocktail of 4 drugs:Taxotere + Cartoplaxin + Herceptin +Pertuzunat. (not sure my spelling is correct) This will be administered once every 3 weeks for 6 times. So approximately 4 plus months.  I will then be having surgery to remove my right breast -- a mastectomy. [...]

Posted 2017-05-27T13:09:51Z

Memorial Day Weekend

Good morning! This is Rose. 

I am feeling better today and getting used to this port "thingy". I am looking forward to my sister Connie and brother-in-law Freddy's visit this weekend. They are assigned to babysit me. Ha! (Or maybe go on a mission for dim sum.) You see, Steve is back to work this holiday weekend at the fire department and I am feeling a bit anxious not having him by my side. Steve has been with me at every step of way. What a way to spend his May vacation!
Yesterday my UW Carbone Cancer patient navigator called me to make sure I was doing OK and if there was anything I needed help with...encouraging me to stay busy this weekend. I have been so impressed with my care so far and all the support services. [...]

Posted 2017-05-26T00:59:07Z

Port placement complete!

Another day, another medical appointment. We arrived to Meriter Hospital in Madison at 5:45am this morning for surgery to place a port in Rose's chest. The port is under the skin and allows medication to be injected into it which goes into a catheter that is connected to a large vein. There is a nice picture on this page that shows how it works: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2476249[...]

Posted 2017-05-24T20:44:00Z

Operation MRI...success!

As you may know, Rose needed to have an MRI to help the doctors determine the best way to treat the cancer. The first try didn't go so well. It was an older (smaller) MRI machine and Rose had a reaction to the medication that was supposed to calm her claustrophobia down and it made it worse! [...]

Posted 2017-05-24T16:08:00Z

First day on the new web site!

Hello and thanks for checking on Rose...or Rosie...or Roseanne! 

So, like many women, Rose got her diagnosis of breast cancer after a routine physical and mammogram. Her cancer was undetectable by any other means and if there is anything she wants people to know, it's GET YOUR ROUTINE MAMMOGRAM! Early detection makes the cancer more treatable. We shudder to think what would've happened if she had skipped this mammogram after being so careful to get one every year.[...]