Enos Mills, was 14 years old when he moved to Estes Park in 1884 and began exploring the area. He wrote many natualist articles and books describing the region. As an adult he split his time between the mountains he loved and the eastern states.
He became a strong lobbyist for the creation of the region as a national park. In 1915 President Woodrow Wilson dedicated the area as such, winning over mining and logging interests.
The final treatment team. Lexi and Tiffany and Dr. Desai, delivered the last treatment of radiation, extracted the miserable ballon catheter and send me on my way. I look and felt like I took a "whoppin".
The Arizona Cancer Center is a great place to hang out killing time between treatments.
A large waiting are where the gals in the second photo are there to register you and see you get where you need to go. Meanwhile there is coffee, a little Deli and if you are there at the right time you can have a made to order omelet. There is a computer room, a TV room and lots of shelves with books to satisfy anyones reading desires. All with a soft player piano providing music in the background.
And, if you happen to have money saved after eating in the great restaurants around, there is a gift shop with lots of neat things, not all having to do with cancer.
(top)Dr. Yang PhD, Medical Nuclear Physicist checks all the attachments of the radiation delivery to the the ports extending out of the balloon catheter in my poor little (or not so little) boob.
(center)Dr. Cohen is the Radiology Oncologist in charge of my case and the team.
(bottom)HDR, high dose radiation machine holds the radiation. Here is one of the dosimetrists, Lexi, who does the hands on care and attachment of the 5 ports. In addition, behind the scenes, these professionals do the planning of the dose for delivery of the energy to the tissue that surrounded the tumor.
Several years ago I started a book discussion group that discussed films made from books.
Members are discouraged from stating one is better that the other. Rather, discussion is geared toward examining why and how one is different from the other.
Here are two examples. "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" was a great book based on a memoir describing a mans experience being so paralyzed that he can only communicate by blinking his eye. A great book and a great film. BUT different. Makes for a good discussion.
Today I saw the movie made from the popular novel "My Sisters Keeper". I have read several novels by Picoult. Although she is always a 'good read', I have been disappointed in too many twist and turns and a resolution that is not believable. IMO
The ending of "My Sister's Keepers" was changed in the movie. This might be a disappointment to people who want the the movie to be 'true to the book'. BUT this is something that is impossible if one wants a good movie made from a good book. Two different art forms -book and film- should be appreciated for what they are and can't really be duplicated.
In this instance, the movie held up and the ending was more satisfying and believable that the book. IMO
See earlier blog on how I define film versus movie. July 25 -Maggie on the Movies
The day after the ballon was inserted I had to go UMC Radiology Oncology to check the placement of the catheter in the lumpectomy cavity. The Contura catheter has 5 ports so that the team can deliver the radiation in the shape or contour of the cavity targeting adjacent breast but staying away from the skin or chest wall. In addition to high dose targeted radiation therapy, this procedure is over in 5 days instead of the usual 35 days for standard radiation therapy.
On Monday we start treatment with procedures at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
This is my team. I met them this morning when I went in with my balloon in place.
First I had a CT scan simulation. After the MD inserted contrast media into the balloon I went into the CT scanner to define exact location and size of treatment area.
From there we, the team, Ralph and I, went to another area for "Port Films" where the 5 ports of the balloon were measured and xrays taken to assure placement in the breast cavity. The size of the balloon is 50 cc's. For those of you not familiar with cc's, this is just short of two shots of your favorite______
More on the balloon and its function on tomorrows blog.
Team: On either side -radiation therapists. The blond in the back actually runs the machine, the two tall gentlemen are Medical physicists. The gal in the black shirt in the front is a VIP; a Very Important Person. She is a Dosimetrist. She calculates dose, energy and treatment fields.
After my studies, Ralph and I went to Mimis. These trips are very bad on my diet. While we were doing this, MY TEAM gets together and confers, looking at all the data and plans out the treatment program.
I went into counseling thinking that there would be nothing in it for me. No breast cancer in my family. Nada, Nunca, Zero. All died of old age and heart disease. But after the counseling session I realized that I did have a one in eight chance of having a mutation of these genes. Men can pass on the gene and it can show up in men as prostate cancer.
Long story short we decided to go ahead with the genetic testing. Medicare pays for it if you have cancer under the age or 4o and/or have a second cancer. I fill both these critera. AMEN to
The test is for mutations of genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes are present in both males and females and are tumor supressors. If you have mutations of this gene you don't have this protection.
photo: niece Heather, Maggie and twin sister Mary, in Puerta Vallarta