The reports, paperwork, and various other
things that suck to read:
Over the course of cancer diagnosis and
treatment you get a lot of things in writing... lab reports,
treatment directions, things that are meant to be supportive that
aren't, things that aren't meant to be supportive but somehow make
you feel better. A lot of these things either won't make sense to
you (a lot of them didn't make sense to me) or aren't that
important, but I'm going to stick them here anyway (click the
thumbnail images to view a more readable size). Somewhere somebody
might benefit by looking at what you get to read when you're
diagnosed with cancer...
The appointment that started it all:
this is the appointment I made with my
rheumatologist when I first discovered a lump in my breast. The
appointment that started my whole day of "no, that's not
good, that doesn't look good, you should be worried" instead
of the usual "I'm not a doctor, I can't really tell you what
the test results are".
These are the findings after my
mammogram, which happened the same day. It kind of
"So, I have this lump... can you look
"That's not good... you need a
mammogram right away."
"That's not good... you need an
ultrasound right away."
"That's not good... you need a biopsy
And then some horrible, horrible
These are the results of the initial needle biopsy... if
I recall correctly three different samples were taken.
The process wasn't actually painful, but it was certainly
very stressful. That whole first week was a lot of
waiting for results. Le sigh.
This is the bone scan they performed
at the end of the first week in an attempt to determine
whether or not the cancer had spread to other parts of my
Obviously this isn't all of the
paperwork I've received so far, but I haven't exactly felt
like a rock star lately and it's been a lot of work to go
through everything and make it presentable. Also I may
have been busy swashbuckling and wizarding and stuff in
pretend video game realms. I'll try
to get some of the more interesting lab results up as soon
as possible, but in the meantime there ought to be enough
here to keep you busy for a while...