Thursday, 4/12/18

RETURN TO SPIEGEL

One last visit to finalize information and discuss my options. No one will tell me what to do, only my options with pros and cons. It seems the answer is double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. The lumpectomy seems to be out completely because of the “highly suspicious” nature of the 6:00 mass and the chances of going back in for a mastectomy beyond this is high. It seems my options are single or double mastectomy. I have calcification in the right breast as well, but no cancer is suspected there. However, the term, “mistake,” has been used quite often. The context is that my breast tissue is making mistakes, two mistakes at this point in time, which means, it will continue making mistakes. Because of my preexisting conditions (AFib and Lupus), continual surgeries would be best avoided. If my breast tissue makes another mistake five or ten years down the road, or further, my body will have been living with these conditions that much longer and I will be weaker than I am now due to age. Another major surgery and/or treatment while I work with AFib and Lupus at say, age 70, would be less than ideal. I will see Dr. Lim again and the decision will have to be made beyond that.

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Christine Cadiz

Houston-based writer making contributions through truth- and story-telling. Sometimes dark, often insubordinate, and always raw, a balance is struck in each conclusion that evokes a sense of resolve to the absurd drama so intricately woven into our human experience. You will find short stories sometimes based in truth, true stories sometimes based in harsh reality, musings that may strike a nerve, writing prompts just for fun, and a novel or two in the works. Welcome, and thank you for reading. Christine Cadiz was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1964. She was a kid in the Florida Keys and an adult in Miami. She's been writing since she was nine-years-old and was a Journalism major before quitting college to earn a living. Christine worked in marketing and advertising for seventeen years. She stayed in Florida for forty-three years before relocating to North Carolina and then Texas with her family. She is married and has three daughters and a dog. They currently reside in Houston.

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