Medical Update 3: On Feeling Powerless, Moving Forward, and my Treatment Plan

Since my last medical update, a lot has happened in a short amount of time.  I have been writing throughout the past week about what has been going on, so instead of separating it into different blog posts, I have put it all under one post with multiple sections: Part 1:  Written Wednesday, January 14th …

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.