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Update on Husband

First thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. Usually I answer each and every comment but I beg your indulgence, please consider this post as my letter to all of you. Duke, my husband, is in ICU at Clinica de Merida. He’s been there since the evening of September 30th. He is sedated and intubated. Hindsight is a killer, isn’t it? I am trying very hard to be present, and not regret any of my decisions along the way. Just like in my parenting, I know that I have done the best I can with the information that I had at the time. Duke (and yes, that is his real name) is a private person, very introverted and quiet.Which is why I always refer to him as Husband on my blog. For the last couple of months he has been tired and irritable. Looking back, I now realize that he was probably not getting enough oxygen. My best ...

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My adventures with Seguro Popular Part 1

I have been reading Shannon from Rat Race Refugee  and her experiences with Seguro Popular.  Seguro Popular is the Mexican Health insurance for people who don’t have other insurance. Any legal resident of Mexico is eligible to apply. For more information about the program you can go to their website. It’s interesting to me that our experiences with Seguro Popular are so different. I wonder if it’s a combination of where we live, our last names, and our appearances. Dark haired, black eyed, I have standard Mediterranean looks, she’s blonde and fair skinned. I have a very common Spanish surname Díaz, I have no idea what her last name is but I’m willing to bet it isn’t a Spanish one. She lives in San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful city, but has to go to Querétaro for treatment, while Mérida is the medical hub for the Yucatán peninsula. It’s hubris but I’m pretty sure my Spanish is better, if nothing ...

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Accepting my diagnosis of breast cancer

Everything happened so fast, not even a week after I saw Dr Carla to when I had my biopsy. Looking back at my notes, I see that there was a period of about five days after the biopsy that I didn’t do anything. That is because I was waiting for the results from the pathologist. I fully expected him to tell me that it wasn’t DCIS and only calcifications. My brain shut off as the Dr Sanchez explained that the cells were definitely DCIS and I had cancerous cells in the margins too.  He assured me that DCIS is 100% curable with surgery. I decided at that moment that I would have a tram flap reconstruction immediately after my surgery. The first of my expectations that had to go.  Doctor Sanchez said that he didn’t recommend it being done that way. I asked for a second opinion from another pathologist. Two days later, I dropped off my slides and paraffin ...

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Going on a medical leave of absence

I have a doctor’s note and everything! Writting a blog is an interesting experience, I have made many friends through this medium and grown as a writer. I have around 3000 regular readers, in the blogosphere is a drop in bucket, but which I am so grateful for. I debate how much is oversharing and how much to keep back. It’s a fine line.  Rather than just not post for awhile and leave you all wondering what happened. Here it is, the short version is: On October 8th I went in for a surgical breast biopsy and I have DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in my right breast. The good news is that it’s 100% curable by surgery. The bad news is that means on Wednesday, they are going to remove my right breast. It totally sucks. I have cried and I’m crying right now. However, as cancer goes, this is pretty straightforward. I will be in the hospital for ...

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