Author Archives: Ruby Merten

Clinical Trial -Next Step?

“I regret to inform you that you don’t qualify for the study.” The study coordinator’s words were a blow.  My heart sunk.  Apparently, the fact that I had a mastectomy FIRST before beginning chemo is what makes me an unsuitable … Continue reading

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Final Radiation

“Have you been given your discharge instructions yet?” the nurse asked me as she handed me a slip of paper with those very same words on it.  After I shook my head, she sat down and went over the Do’s … Continue reading

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Cancer induced losses

8 unexpected losses I experienced due to breast cancer… After hearing that “you’ve got cancer” diagnosis, your mind spirals immediately to the potential loss of your life.  Of course no one likes to talk about that or even THINK about … Continue reading

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Changes since Diagnosis

Hearing the words “You’ve got cancer” absolutely WILL change you.  It’s inevitable.  Not only will your body and mind go through changes, but your soul/morality/spirit will likely change as well.  Below are some of ways that cancer has changed me. … Continue reading

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1/3 complete

“When you’re ready, take a deep breathe and hold.” Her voice is smooth and soothing.  I have heard Jodi say these same exact words at least a hundred times now.  I swallow, then fill my lungs with a healthy dose … Continue reading

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Beginning Radiation

I was just about to leave my desk for the day when my office phone rang.  A quick glance at the readout told me the call was coming from the hospital system that did my biopsy.  Finally!! It was indeed … Continue reading

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EBUS biopsy

“Any questions?” the anesthesiologist asked for the tenth time.  He had just done a very thorough job of explaining the EBUS (Endobronchial Ultrasound) procedure I was about to undergo.   So thorough, in fact, that it freaked me out a little … Continue reading

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