Friday, 5/25/18


I went for follow up #3 today with Dr. Spiegel. She, again, looked at the left incision and thinks it’s doing better but still not exactly where she wants it. I will go again next Thursday with my fingers crossed. The issue is that there’s about a half inch area that won’t close. It was wider and gray last week. This week it’s smaller and white, which is better. All-in-all, she is super happy with my progress and the outcome. Dr. Spiegel speaks at conferences around the world and today she asked if I would be willing to be interviewed from a patient perspective for an upcoming video presentation. Very excited to share my experience and give back to her in any way I can. She is a brilliant surgeon.

I then went to see Dr. Lim, another medical genius and the one responsible for saving my life. Her work is astounding as well, considering all she did without making me look like Frankenstein. She was able to complete the mastectomies without damaging the outermost layer and without leaving any visible scars. She was the first doctor I saw in this process and her warmth and communication style set me up for success from the beginning. God knows how shaken I was at that first meeting. Dr. Lim has cleared me and will follow up with me again in six months. She is to the right in this picture and her PA and a resident are to the left.

Moving right along.

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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 leaving college to work. 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 has three daughters and currently resides in Houston.

2 thoughts on “Friday, 5/25/18”

  1. You have been so brave & an amazing learner during this process. Letting go and trusting others with something so precious takes a lot of guts! Love you

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