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  1. My imaging was all negative. The oncologist is starting me on Femara to stave off estrogen sensitive tumors. Warning: the following might fall into the TMI category. I thought my body wasn't producing any estrogen, because my ovaries were removed. It turns out that the adrenal glands produce testosterone. There is an enzyme in the body called aromatase that converts that testosterone into estrogen. The Femara blocks the aromatase. The thing is that this ca-125 level can be caused by inflammation. My urologist, who I went to to check on the status of my bladder sling says that my vagina is dry and irritated. It seems to me like that might cause the high ca-125 level and that the Femara is making it worse. The standard remedy for vaginal dryness is estrogen cream, but I'm not allowed to use that because my BRCA2 gene makes my breasts sensitive to hormone induced cancer. Also my cancer, if it's coming back microscopically, is going to be estrogen sensitive and fueled by that. I need to figure out what alternatives there are to treat the vagina. It's bothering me more now. I'm remembering when I was in chemo that I was coughing a lot. This oncologist told me to take cough drops, but they made the cough worse, because the cough was due to GERD. Similarly, I got a rash that the other oncologist told me was shingles, but it didn't hurt, so I checked with the dermatologist, and he said it was hives and that I was allergic to the tape they were using. I'm concerned that I'm being treated in the wrong direction.
  2. I'm cheating on Josh, watching other performers.
  3. My mother had the unique ability to drive me insane with rage -- zero to sixty in a fraction of a second. She always felt that that was a mother/daughter thing. I always felt, but didn't say, "No. It's that you never listen to me and never want to hear what I feel." A narcissist.
  4. Such a brave girl!
  5. Lucia Micarelli will be performing 3/4/17 in San Pedro, CA. I wish I could go
  6. I feel DT is in clear violation of the constitution particularly of the emolument and foreign agent clauses; and, moreover, that he should be impeached by the House and tried and removed by the Senate. I fear that the Republican party values the party more than it values the country and will not have the will to follow through on this. In US history, two presidents have been impeached by the House, but then were acquitted by the Senate, which has to vote by a 2/3 vote to remove the President. In the mean time, the #45 is moving to destroy the intelligence services, which appears to be what his buddy Putin wants him to do. Also, he is moving to destroy the EPA and FDA, which is what his billionaire buddies want him to do -- even though these actions will poison the rest of us. I felt a bit sad that Jackie Evancho didn't have her best performance at the Inauguration. She was under a lot of pressure, and her sister was having gender reassignment surgery that day. She did much better in this clip I don't feel angry at her for performing. I found it delightfully ironic that her performance brought her sister's transgender journey into the national news. Josh said on twitter that he was asked to perform and "no comment" about his response. Of course, he has a decent excuse, being in an ongoing Broadway show, though he also has an understudy and could have gone. The understudy took over for several shows this fall and this winter when Josh was sick. Still, I'm glad that he had an excuse, so he could refuse gracefully, though I think it's pretty clear from his twitter feed that he in now way supports Trump. My CA-125 (cancer antigen) level jumped up to 217. That's high. It's supposed to be no higher than 35. It was 116 before I had my surgery in 2013. This is much higher. But they did a CT scan and didn't find anything. I get a mammo and brain MRI next week. The oncologist thinks that the cancer is coming back, but just isn't visible yet. I have read that these levels can become elevated due to other types of inflammation. I hope to get that checked out last week -- at least I suspect that the area around my bladder sling could be inflamed, because I'm getting a lot of intermittent pain from that area.
  7. I'm still really upset about Trump. Did you guess?
  8. Hopefully Josh has to leave the show July 2, so that he can go on a summer tour and see us.
  9. This whole tr*mp thing has me so upset. he is such a monster. the way he treated sen. schumer for tears over relative's suffering. not letting sen. warren talk about session's horrible history. It's so painful watching the dying gasps of my country
  10. I usually like silence also, though I've been learning to listen to some music particularity late at night I find the Internet highly addictive.
  11. Para: not sure what your school district is like, but here they really start piling on the homework in 7th & 8th grade. Girls, who care about their school work, have reported having to do 5-6 hours per day and being totally exhausted. I find this outrageous. I don't think a kid like that should have to do more than 1 hour a day, but that's what they have to do. I personally grew about 5" the year I was 13-14. Growing that much is exhausting also. Growing is done by the body when it is asleep. Also, the brain is changing dramatically around puberty, which makes it hard for kids that age to think -- as there are all kinds of new connections that have to be made. I would say give her a break.
  12. Josh has been tweeting up a storm against the Muslim ban. I'm very proud to be a Grobanite today.
  13. Are there enough honest republicans in Congress to stand up to this man? I don't know
  14. So many great movies that I wanted to see and haven't. Always too busy with other stuff.
  15. feeling so despondent about my country being destroyed by a despot. I really feel that this guy is like the one in North Korea. White House leaks seem to be indicating that he's whacko in private as well