Thursday, February 21, 2008

Memorial Service

Linda's dad--Raymond Grunthaner-- passed away on Friday, February 8, 2008. A mass is being held in his memory this Saturday, February 23, 2008 at St. Dorothea's Roman Catholic Church in Eatontown, NJ at 11:00 am. Instead of flowers they ask that you donate money to the MS society.

Friday, February 8, 2008

This week

This week we, Natasha, Linda and myself, met with the surgical doctor, the oncologist doctor and their entourage. More of the same and me having to make the decision. I was prepared to have the mastectomy but the doctor seemed to think the wider excision could be just as successful. So yesterday I was convinced that was the way to go. This morning I wake up thinking, "oh, let's just get it over with". I don't want to go through all this again down the road. Certainly I don't want metatastic cancer; and, so I don't know what to do. I am terrified of the operation for the mastectomy and being in the hospital does not appeal to me at all, but neither does dieng of cancer that has metastasized. Of course, until this week, it never even occurred to me that I could die of cancer. I've always assumed I will be ok. And Linda's dad is critically ill and in the hospital and that is very upsetting right now too. We are having our share of tragedy at the moment. But, this too shall pass.......

Friday, February 1, 2008


Yesterday my friend Natasha and I met with Dr. Borgen and his entourage. I wish I could report great news, but for me it was a little disappointing. They did find some miniscule cancer in both biopsies and so now I have more decisions to make. I can either have another lumpectomy--which is basically what they call a wider excision--going to the sites that they took the tissue and taking what they call a "wider margin" and then more biopsies. And more decisions. The other choice seems to be a nipple saving, skin saving masectomy. Radiation is not ruled out either, but the doctor seems to think that doing more surgery and then radiation would be a more successful way of dealing with the cancer. We'll talk to the doctor and his team next week for more consultation on these options and we'll go from there. So that is all the news that is fit to print.