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7-20-17 Almost One Year Cancer-Free

  I'm embarrassed that it's been so long since I've written here. After each CT scan, I tell myself I'll update this blog, but I haven't. I think I'm just so relieved each time the scan comes back clean that I don't want to even think about it any more. But the truth is that I think about it all the time and how lucky I am we caught my lung cancer so early. It was a Thursday, July 7, 2016 when I had all the symptoms of a heart attack. (You can scroll down to the first entry in [...]

6-23-17 Nicole Sandler Show – Friday with Joel Silberman

Today, I'm thrilled to welcome my friend, media trainer and strategist, Joel Silberman to talk about politics, the future of healthcare, cancer and more. The website I gave out to use to call some of the more "moderate" Republicans most likely to vote against the GOP Wealthcare bill is TrumpcareToolkit.org. Please use it every day!

6-20-17 Nicole Sandler Show – Tuesdays with GottaLaff

  GottaLaff joins us every Tuesday to talk about the news of the week. Today, we spent a lot of time discussing the Republican health care repeal and replace bill that no one except the 10-13 Republican men who are working on it has seen. I shared Greg Sargent's Morning Plum Line blog today, which gives the latest... We already knew that Senate Republicans were going to try to ram through their health-care bill by resorting to a scandalously secretive, absurdly compressed process. But now we have the details: According to the Wall Street Journal, the text of the bill [...]

6-20-17 Nicole Sandler Show – Tuesdays with GottaLaff

  GottaLaff joins us every Tuesday to talk about the news of the week. Today, we spent a lot of time discussing the Republican health care repeal and replace bill that no one except the 10-13 Republican men who are working on it has seen. I shared Greg Sargent's Morning Plum Line blog today, which gives the latest... We already knew that Senate Republicans were going to try to ram through their health-care bill by resorting to a scandalously secretive, absurdly compressed process. But now we have the details: According to the Wall Street Journal, the text of the bill [...]

12-13-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Reality Sucks

I apologize for the delay in posting this show. I've been turned upside down and inside out of late -- sort of like this country. We have fallen through the looking glass and entered Opposite World©. I was actually out during this show -- I had my first three-month post-surgery follow-up with my oncologist. We did a CT scan last week, and this appointment was to go over the results. And the news is great. He said it all looks wonderful. So, three months from now, we'll do it again. But for now, I'm cancer-free! That's the good news. Part of what sent [...]

10-18-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Nicole’s Back!

I don't think my back ever looked like that. I had surgery to remove the cancers growing in my left lung seven weeks ago today. Just five weeks ago, it looked like this: That was a couple of weeks after my surgery to remove the lower lobe of my left lung and take a wedge from the upper lobe, where cancerous tumors made their homes. The numbers are the incisions for the Da Vinci Robotic surgery, as opposed to an open thoracotomy which is akin to torture. Aside from the site where the chest tube was (which still hurts like [...]

Saying No to Chemo!

It comes from nowhere, like the proverbial thief in the night sneaking up silently behind you to steal your life. Perhaps a better analogy is an earthquake, but only if you were trapped in the rubble, unable to climb out. It hits unexpectedly and leaves you to figure out how to survive. In a split second, everything changes. EVERYTHING changes the moment you’re told you have cancer. Once the shock wears off, if you’re like me, you get to work. In my case, the barrage of tests was supplemented with an avalanche of articles about each new term that was [...]

My Decision Is…

After meeting with the oncologist, Dr. Mudad, last week I said that I'd make a decision regarding chemotherapy today. So my decision is... that I'm getting another opinion first. You may recall that the first opinion I got was less than credible, so I'm discounting everything I heard from that doctor. Although I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Mudad, he can't definitively say whether or not he'd recommend chemo for a family member with the same issues. As I said, it's not rare, but my case is unusual. So we're getting one more opinion! I have an appointment on Thursday [...]

9-21-16 To Chemo or Not – That is the Question

I've found my oncologist! Yesterday, we met with Dr. Raja Mudad, who treats patients with lung cancer at Sylvester Cancer Center at UM. He was present at the tumor board conference where my surgeon, Dr. Dao Nguyen presented my case Thursday afternoon. After all of this, the one thing we still know for sure is that my case is unusual and somewhat confusing. That it's confusing to me is an understatement. It caused the other oncologist we met with, a very highly respected and credible doctor, to contradict himself when David and I saw him last week, making me uncomfortable about putting my [...]

9-15-16 Recuperation Roller Coaster

My best medicine I had planned on posting this a few days ago. Unfortunately, the painkiller haze, the pain itself, minor (and some major) meltdowns, and my need to sleep and rest delayed it slightly. I also want to write posts on the surgery itself (that'll be quick as I was out for the entire thing, but there are a few notes to pass along) and my hospital stay (avoid the University of Miami Hospital like the Plague!!), so those will be coming soon. And I'll keep you posted on the next part of the cancer fighting portion [...]