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New Breast Cancer Post 
Mar. 8, 2012 1:49 pm 
Updated: Mar. 21, 2012 8:35 am

If you don't find it here, try If interested, it'll give you the latest, other than the results of the breast skin biopsy which are negative. There's no cancer here!!!


Mar. 8, 2012 2:42 pm
Yay!!! Thank God! Your first post that I read was your last one. My mother-in-law is a two-time cancer survivor, so you have been on my mind a lot. I am soo happy for you :)
Mar. 8, 2012 5:40 pm
Congratulations and cheers to your continued good health!
Mar. 9, 2012 1:40 pm
I couldn't possibly be happier for you!
Mar. 9, 2012 1:42 pm
Congratulations to you, Ellen!
Mar. 9, 2012 5:27 pm
Mar. 9, 2012 9:09 pm
Fantastic! What good news to get!
Mar. 10, 2012 4:55 am
Hi, here I am smiling about your news. Big hugs my friend. What will you do to celebrate?
Mar. 13, 2012 5:40 am
Wonderful news! So happy to hear you are well.
Mar. 14, 2012 6:58 am
Can't tell you how disappointed I am to hear of your horrible experience with Moffitt, which is located in my home town. Interesting reading your documentation because Moffitt is spending big $$$$ right now on TV advertisements. Sounds like the facility really needs an outside consultant to go in and do an evaluation of internal procedures. Or maybe the nurses and doctors need a kick in the butt telling them they need to do a better job of implementing and completing their paperwork. The patient shouldn't be put in the position of doing this for them. Unfortunately, too many physicians are "technicians" and have no training (or really just don't care) in dealing with the patients' emotions and compassion. You'd think there would be courses in med school on this topic, but if there are, I'd say most are flunking them. In my experience, the ones who do show compassion to the patient are rare. I've always thought that those physicians who can't relate on a personal level should be working in a laboratory where they don't have to interact with patients one on one. So sorry to hear of your unfortunate experience at Moffitt (particularly your surgeon) but very happy to hear the good news on your current health. And I agree with you on one thing. We all need to be more involved in making decisions on the course(s) of treatment for our illnesses. Good wishes coming your way for good health!
Mar. 18, 2012 8:11 am
@lutzflcat: I wish Moffitt was the only place I've run into problems that seem to stem from "streamlining" patient care. It's relatively new in the medical world, and when I first ran into it, I knew it wouldn't work: people are unique, and can't be dealt with like widgets on an assembly line. From what I'm told, the time spent with each patient is now being tracked, and the reimbursement by insurance companies to the medical providers are based on their "timeliness". This is in addition to massive layoffs of non-clinical staff. Nurses in urgent care facilities are (for example) having to do the lab tests that were once done by lab technicians. This supposedly in the name of better care. My gut tells me it's all profit driven. Even long-term providers of mine, who used to take as long as needed with me, are now looking at their watches. As for the surgeon, she'd made a conclusion about my condition before she even met me (she admitted to that). Then she made the diagnosis before doing any testing, and THEN she focused on anything negative she could find. I wish I knew why she feels that's appropriate, but for me, it's harmful, so I fired her. I have one more appointment with Moffitt, but not with the surgeon. We'll see how it goes.
Mar. 21, 2012 8:35 am
ellenmoriah, keep us posted on how things progress. As before, best of luck of luck on your journey.
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Well, my mother (bless her) had 8 people to feed, so she made foods that were easy to prepare. My favorites were her baked ribs with barbecue sauce; english muffins topped with cheese, tomato, and bacon, and then broiled; and spaghetti noodles with tomato soup and cheddar cheese stirred in. I wouldn't make these dishes today, but they're full of fond memories.
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Adding orange juice to diced tomato sauce • Adding Cointreau to fresh fruit salads or a chocolate sauce • Adding tequila and bittersweet chocolate to chili • "poaching" salmon in orange juice, sprinkled with Old Bay and tarragon • adding cidar vinegar and soy sauce to vegetable soups • adding fresh mint to steamed red potatoes • knowing how to bail out a botched dish (example: over-steamed broccoli mashed with bleu or swiss cheese isn't nearly as bad as over-steamed broccoli on it's own).
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Over-steaming broccoli and most any other veggie... and a lasagna that was so loaded with oregano, no one could eat it.
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