My last day of radiation treatment happens to fall on Guam's Liberation Day!!!! You can't see me, but I'm totally doing a *happy dance*! Thank you to everyone who has been there for me, especially to Ryan and Patti for driving me to my treatments. I have a scan this coming Friday, so stay tuned for [...]


So it’s Day 6 of radiation and so far I've been hanging in there. I feel nauseous from time to time but overall not so bad. I do feel tired, but I always feel that way so it’s hard to tell if it’s from radiation or just lack of sleep. I've also been having more [...]


Today is my first day of treatment. After checking in at the front desk, I was given a pager that prompts me to head to the fitting rooms to change into the hospital gown. I then proceed into my assigned machine, which by the way is the only machine I’m allowed to use. The nurses [...]


Before I go in for radiation treatment, I had to first get fitted into my machine. But first I had to drink a “protein” shake and as usual I feel like throwing up as I'm trying to keep it down. But the liquid helps to locate the tumor, so I do my best to be [...]


This has to be got to be one of the most colorful and fun rooms at UW Medical. After meeting with the radiation oncologist at UW Medical, it has been decided that radiation treatment will take place prior to surgery. So why radiation over chemotherapy? Luckily for me, the tumor is localized and so doing [...]


I want to acknowledge and give a great big shout out to Dr. Venu Pillarisetty, my surgical oncologist. He exuded so much confidence in his own capabilities, I knew from day one I was in good hands. Working with him has been an incredible journey. He has always been so upfront about the pros and [...]


It has been 2 days since surgery and already they have me getting up and walking around. This is really hard to do since the pain of getting in/out of bed is agonizing. On another note, I’m able to eat normal food again. So I decided to go for the beef tenderloin as my first [...]


I want to start off by thanking my dearest friends for being there every step of the way. From helping create the website, to planning events, and helping me to get up to walk around. Day one of recovery has been quite painful. My incision hurts more than the first surgery. I have the worst [...]


Here’s a quick recap of my surgery day: I started my pre-surgery prep work at 8am Friday morning and didn’t finish till about 11pm. By far the worst day of August! I was instructed to drink MoviPrep, a powdered mix with water. It tasted just like floral perfume…absolutely disgusting! I had till noon to finish [...]