I have been thinking about the choice making function in everyday life lately, since I have a well developed ability to imagine doing all kinds of things. Being retired from what used to take 80% of my energy, I see many novel areas to dive into or expand upon. For instance, there are aspects of … More Choice-making in July
“We’ve been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it is larger than that. It is to enable well-being. … Whenever serious sickness or injury strikes and your body or mind breaks down, the vital questions are the same: What is your … More On Being Mortal
I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to the birch wood. All morning I did the work I love. At noon I lay down with my mate. It might have been otherwise. We ate dinner together at a table with silver candlesticks. It … More Otherwise
Healing after the removal of the sentinel node and the tumor, (2.6 cm, grade 1, stage 2, er/pr+, her2-) (no positive nodes) went along well, except for a stubborn area of encased fluid called a seroma. It was near the incisions, which were on the right side of that breast near the armpit. Surgeons, I … More Details III, medical and radiation oncology 2003
With the freshly minted diagnosis of a malignant tumor in my right breast, upper right quadrant, I polled the friends who had had surgery for these kind of things. A, B and C were close friends, and E and N were neighborhood aquaintances. All were between ages 40 and 50 at diagnosis, roughly between the … More Details ll, Surgery 2003
I am discovering that there is an adaptive process to being thrust into the role of a cancer patient. In 2003, 2012 and 2014, I was in the care of many different physicians and providers through all three episodes of cancer treatment. Diagnosis absolutely depends on the work of radiologists, and the technicians who perform … More Details Part I, or, Me, a CANCER patient???