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Breast Cancer Study Update

It’s Labor Day in North America, and I feel like I’ve been laboring in the name of cancer for far too long now. The thing is, once you start, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. As anyone who has had a diagnosis in his or her life will tell you, the thought of recurrence never leaves the mind, even when you’re given a clean bill of health. It’s an interesting fraternity to be a member of.

Those of you who followed my Noble Breast blog before I moved it here know that last winter, my medical oncologist asked me to participate in an experimental immunotherapy drug study to treat breast cancer. On September 3, I reached an important milestone in the study and I wanted to update everyone on my progress.

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Holding Pattern (Insurance Woes)

This essay was originally published on June 16, 2015.

One topic I’ve refrained from discussing on this blog is the health insurance issue. The reason is, up until a couple of months ago, I was one of those rare individuals who wasn’t constantly battling with my provider. Unfortunately, all that changed in April, and now I find myself in a holding pattern while a very patient patient advocate wages war on my behalf. Is that too confusing? Maybe I should have referred to the advocate as “diligent”. Well, since I am metaphorically hamstrung at the moment, I will indulge in the pun.

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