Spreading Good News (Part 370 – My Breast Cancer Journey: Phase 2 Begins)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.



THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “My 15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love”

Dr. Carol Carpenter of Livonia, Michigan, says, “For Dog Lovers Everywhere.  My 15 Dogs: A 55-Year Journey of Love is a readable, delightful book. It belongs on the bookshelves of vets, dog shelters, the humane society, rescue organizations, senior centers, schools and dog lovers everywhere.

This book is full of tenderness, compassion, humor, sadness — and it tells the story of true love between the author and each of her 15 dogs. I laugh when I recall Alex with the purple tongue or Buster’s tail thumping against the oven hard enough to make a cake fall.

The author tells each story so well. I can picture Sugar with the bag on her head trying to get to the food scraps in the middle of the night. Then there’s such devotion as we learn of Sugar’s seizures and the author’s loving care. The imagery throughout the book stays with me. I’ll never look at another sunflower without seeing JoJo wearing his upturned collar from the vet.”

Read the preview and other reviews for “My 15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love” and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.


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My  15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love



THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place




MOTHER’S DOZEN:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!




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~ Joyce Fields



My Breast Cancer Journey:  Phase 2 Begins

On September 13, I had my consultation visits with my Medical Oncologist, Dr. Mark McNamara (Dr. Mac), and my Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Helen Chen.

It was logistically convenient because they’re about a five-minute drive apart.  Another blessing!  (This is California, and driving from Point A to Point B can be “challenging.”)

My diagnosis is Stage 2 breast cancer that is not very aggressive and is hormone receptive.  Dr. Mac said that my outlook is “very, very good.”  Another blessing!

He explained the benefits of chemotherapy and Tamoxifen.

If I chose to do it, chemotherapy would consist of four sessions, which would increase my odds for a cure by 4% (1% per session).  I think those odds are way too low, so I chose NOT to do chemotherapy.  Dr. Mac said that, for me, it is “reasonable not to take chemo.”  And “the overall cure rate is still high.”

This cancer being “hormone receptive” means that it is feeding off hormones.  The Tamoxifen will decrease (but not stop) my hormone output, blocking the cancer’s ability to feed, and the cells will die.  I will take this pill every day for five years.  Dr. Mac said that “Tamoxifen is more beneficial than chemo.”  That made me even more comfortable with my decision.  Plus, Tamoxifen has been around for a long time.  I know several breast cancer survivors who took it more than 10 or 20 years ago.

Additionally, Dr. Mac said that, for all his Stage 2 breast cancer patients, he recommends a whole-body PET scan to see if cancer cells are in other parts of the body.  I will be scheduling an appointment for a PET scan.

Dr. Mac also said, “Surgery + radiation = mastectomy.”  I already had the surgery and was ready for my radiation consultation appointment with Dr. Chen.

At this point, I’ve had two sessions with Dr. Chen.  At the first appointment, her nurse documented my health history and took my vitals; then Dr. Chen explained how radiation works.  (The tumor has been surgically removed.  The radiation will kill any remaining cancer cells in my breast.)  The radiation is targeted to a specific area.  My thyroid and heart will not receive any radiation.

Then I was introduced to Todd Walker, the Chief Radiation Therapist.  He showed me the machine that would measure me for the radiation treatments.

At my second session, Dr. Chen marked off the area on my body where I would receive the treatments.

Then Todd and Kelly (the Radiation Therapist who would be treating me) put me on that machine and measured and marked me for treatments.  Everything was totally painless!  Another blessing!!

My radiation treatments will start on Monday, September 26.  They will last for 20 minutes—Monday through Friday, for seven weeks.  I can expect the treated area to tan (I’m already a caramel brown complexion), but not burn.  Like any other tan, it will fade, and I’ll get my color back.  Yay!!

Thank you for your continued prayers and good wishes!!

Stay tuned.

NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed this piece, send the link to others.  Thanks!!

If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334 (scroll down).


~ Joyce Fields




About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of 10 books (mostly non-fiction)--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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8 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 370 – My Breast Cancer Journey: Phase 2 Begins)

  1. Sending well wishes your way. The chemo therapy cure rate is low, I would’ve reconsidered as well. Hope it all goes well. No matter what complexion you end up with, you’ll still be beautiful.

  2. ipad 2 says:

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  3. I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great info I was looking for this info for my mission.

    • I’m glad you found my blog and that it helps your mission! This is my own personal information about my breast cancer journey. I started blogging about it on my post #334. There are several posts, but they are not in consecutive order–there are other helpful, inspirational posts in between.

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