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Every Step of the Way: A Nurse's Cancer Diary - Entry 4

Published February 28, 2012 2:29 PM by Guest Blogger

Nancy Cohen, BSN, RN, has graciously shared her personal journal, in which she writes about doing battle with cancer for the second time in her life. This is the fourth installment of a weekly blog that will enable readers to join her on the journey.
 

Entry 4: The Waiting Game

October 29, 2011

I’m going back to that dark place; that place with IVs and anesthesia, dressings and drains, hospital gowns and the scent of germicidal cleanser. 

I may need chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This may be different from the first time or it may be the same. We won’t know until the cancerous mass and axillary nodes are analyzed and tested for estrogen and progesterone receptors and the HER2/neu gene.  

The waiting game, I’m playing the waiting game once again.  

The surgery is scheduled for October 31, Halloween. No trick-or-treating for me. 

I’ll have to pass this year and Tim will take our son while I’m recovering from the excruciating pain of another axillary node dissection, this time under the right axilla.

Click here to read Entry 3: Too Much of a Bad Thing.

 

 

 

2 comments

Nancy Cohen, BSN, RN, has graciously shared her personal journal, in which she writes about doing battle

March 6, 2012 3:37 PM

Compelling story.

Tim Cavanaugh, Ortho - PA-C March 1, 2012 10:04 AM
Mt. Laurel NJ

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