Treatment Meetings and Plan

Warning: This post is long! This is not the usual post where I dive into the emotional aspects of my experience. Rather, this is a pretty cut and dry description of my three weeks of meetings and calls to develop a treatment plan. During my 2014 recurrence, I wrote a similar (...yet less detailed) post about treatment decisions. I received a lot of messages from patients and family members of patients who found that post helpful. This is for that audience. My hope is that this very detailed explanation of my treatment meetings may shed some light on how much information is involved in informing a treatment plan. While I share a lot of detail, I want to note that this is my experience. Every individual's situation and decisions will be unique to them.

An Amazing Day at Fenway: Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon

It was a day I will never forget!  Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Jimmy Fund's Radio-Telethon at Fenway to help raise money to strike out cancer at Dana Farber as well as raise awareness for the importance of supportive care services like Dana Farber's Young Adult Program.  Over the two days, the …

Medical Update 1: 5 Days Until 11 Years – finding out I have cancer

My doctor has a tell when she has bad news. She will start telling stories to help calm down the mood, but in reality it elongates the anxiety. A couple weeks into my first visit back from Indonesia, I had my annual MRI appointment at Dana Farber. As my doctor was talking, my heart was pounding, and I could tell my mom was uneasy. A few minutes later my doctor told us the bad news: There has been significant tumor growth in the area of my brain where I had my previous tumor removed 11 years ago.