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Subject: Remission Date: 6/28/2002 5:42 PM
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I saw my surgeon today for the one year checkup. And there was a mammogram as well.

Everything looks good. No signs of recurrance. She was very pleased with my progress, and thought I should start regaining more use of my arm. I can use it, and raise it straight overhead, but it pulls and hurts. She thought I would eventually find it easier to move.

She said that because I had exercised the arm everyday, there was more flexibility than most of her patients have. Obviously a lot of people start relaxing, and then can't use the arm properly.

We discussed exercising, and what precautions to take - I can only do a limited amount because of the concerns about edema - but I can do a few things.

I am currently in remission. That is the term for the next nine years - ten years from the date of surgery. Because the kind of breast cancer I had is slow-growing, it will take that long before they can be confident that I'm cured.

One year at a time.

One day at a time.

One hour at a time.

(Cat, you do not get fed for another twenty-five minutes - shut up)!

But I've made it this far. And the steps keep getting easier.

Nancy
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