Tag Archives: neuroendocrine

it’s just a number

Neuroendocrine tumors don’t get staged like other types of tumors: they get graded. Quite simply, the tumors get called one of three numbered grades based on how quickly the cells divide and how well-differentiated they are. Grade one is low, … Continue reading

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fighting cancer with cuddles

The first thing I asked for after I was diagnosed with cancer was a stuffed liver. Instead of wanting to send out the cavalry to battle my diseased liver (and pancreas), I wanted to cuddle with a plush version of … Continue reading

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housekeeping: part 2

My most popular post last year was the housekeeping post I wrote in October 2011 to explain my diagnosis in further detail. This post, as well as my About page and Updates page, were getting a little out-of-date. So I … Continue reading

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water under the bridge

I have become so immersed and so comfortable in my world of cancer that I forgot how weird it is to be 26, look normal, and have cancer. I have so many friends my age with cancer now, I take … Continue reading

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zebras (NET Cancer Day)

Today is neuroendocrine tumor cancer day. I will be wearing a zebra ribbon and my “i am a liver” bracelet (which has been newly engineered) and trying to avoid any awkward conversations. Which probably isn’t the purpose of NET Cancer Day–the … Continue reading

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happy birthday to me

I’m coming up on a lot of year anniversaries in the next few weeks. The most important of which is the 25th, the day I was diagnosed. But today is my birthday. Under normal circumstances, I am getting to the … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs

I’m sure you remember my elevator speech, because it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about it: “I was diagnosed in October with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer—the same type Steve Jobs has.” The rest is not important. The day I … Continue reading

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housekeeping: part 1

It has recently come to my attention that my About section may have been a little misleading, so I made it more clear and explained “pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer” a little better. I am now so used to all of the medical … Continue reading

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lack of control

The hardest thing–which is also, in a weird way, the easiest thing–about cancer is that I literally have no control over what it does. Sure I can decide to take my chemo or not take my chemo, but taking the chemo … Continue reading

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the checks and balances of a scan

I had a scan today. Scan #7 of this ordeal, fourth PET-CT. I’ve been on another three rounds of the pills since the last scan, and I am feeling relatively good and relatively without symptoms. Which might mean that I don’t have … Continue reading

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