Author: Vanessa

last surgery?! (Oct 4, 2008)

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Posted Oct 4, 2008 1:32pm

the whole family at my "Pink Party"

hi all! so i’m pretty excited that in a couple weeks, i will hopefully have my last surgery in the near future. :) i’m going in this time just for some modifications to my reconstruction surgery, for “the icing on the cake” as jessica put it! and as my surgeon said, she got me 99% of the way the first time, and now is the time to do some “cleaning up and finishing off”!

and a few other things that happened since my last update:

~ me & billy went to disneyworld! it was my first time and billy was super excited to go, and we both had a great time. it was during hurricane season, but we didn’t get too wet. :)

~ i became a god-mamma! jess and jason had us over for max’s baptism and it was super fun! (anything with max is fun!)

~ billy got mario cart for his wii. let’s just say he doesn’t (yet!) fare well against his international online buddies from japan. (they are freakishly good!)

that’s about it! be sure to check out the pics — there’s some new ones! :)

i’m famous! :) …. (Aug 14, 2008)

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Posted Aug 14, 2008 10:36pm

i’m famous! :) ….

…well kinda, sorta. but first thing first. guess i haven’t posted lately because this all sure looks different! i hope it’s still easy to access all your messages because that is my favorite part!

ok, so on to me being famous…as most of you know, last december i went to new york to be photographed by david jay, a really cool photographer who is taking pictures of young women under 30 who have breast cancer. he is calling his endeavor the SCAR Project and it is just that — a portrayal of women in all stages of treatments and surgeries. david hopes to raise money for research, increase awareness and hopefully present a series of images that will challenge the traditional perceptions of this disease (www.thescarproject.org). i had such a great experience the first time, having went after my mastectomy and radiation. his photo was so true and completely reflective of my inner emotions. then after i had my reconstruction and my thyroid surgery, i realized i had even more scars and kinda wished i had waited. but when i emailed david to check in, he said to come back and do a follow-up shot! so that’s what i did. :)

me and christina drove to new york last weekend and had tons of fun. but that’s not even the juicy part! david is trying to get more exposure in order to get funding for his project and to raise money for the cause. he connected with a producer from Lifetime who was very interested in doing a documentary on the SCAR Project. so what do you know, we had Lifetime follow us around new york and interview christina and me! They got lots of footage of the photoshoot and of us before and after it. it was crazy! we apparently are really good at doing the “walk down this street and pretend you don’t see the camera” thing. hopefully we did alright with the interviews too. we all know how much I love speaking in public, ha ha! ☺ the lifetime documentary is a work in progress so who knows what will come of it, but it was cool to be a part of it. If I hear of any new details with the SCAR Project or with the documentary, I will pass them along!

Other than that, it’s been pretty quiet on the homefront. :)

May 14, 2008

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Posted May 14, 2008 10:30pm

I got the pathology results from my thyroid surgery last week, and everything was benign, so I got nothing to worry about!! I have to go in a month or so and get my thyroid levels tested to see if I will need to go on the thyroid medicine. They only had to take out the right half, so hopefully the other side can regulate enough and I won’t need the medicine, but what’s one more pill really?! My stitches are out, and my steri-strips are off and the scar is hardly noticeable already…not like I’m worried about scars or anything. :)

my hair is growing!

Apr 27, 2008

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Posted Apr 27, 2008 5:22pm

as many of you know, my sister jessica finally had her baby last monday, the 21st! she was originally due the 15th, so she was 5 days late. maxwell richard was 8 lbs. 4 oz. and is super cute!

my thyroid surgery is tomorrow morning, so fingers are crossed that this will be it for awhile! :)

Mar 20, 2008

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Posted Mar 20, 2008 2:23pm

well i got the last of my drains out yesterday, so i am officially “wireless”!! i’ve been feeling good and moving around fairly well, so i’m pleased with the progress. i found out that i will need to have at least part of my thyroid removed, since i have a cyst with “abnormal cells suspicious of thyroid cancer”. the biopsy could not tell for sure, so to be safe, they are just going to take it out. that surgery is april 28. i will need to stay overnight, or maybe even 2 or 3 nights…apparently they need to monitor my calcium levels and can’t let me leave until they are normal.

i’m hoping my surgery is late enough in the month, since as many of you know, my sister Jessica is pregnant and due April 15. we all are looking forward to some “good news” coming out of these upcoming hospital visits! :)

Feb 25, 2008

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Posted Feb 25, 2008 10:12pm

hey guys! so i had a follow-up visit today with dr. sillins and she was able to take off most of my bandages, and i got 3 of my 5 drains taken out! needless to say, i am more comfortable now. we also measured my belly incision and it is 19 inches long!! and that’s not even counting the four other incisions on my chest! i’m just an ugly mess of stitches and super glue right now, so i’m looking forward to the days when i’m all healed up. it’s hard to have your belly stretched so much that that you can’t lay flat, and have to walk hunched over, but i’m getting straighter every day, so that’s good. :)

Feb 21, 2008

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Posted Feb 21, 2008 1:00pm

good afternoon and happy friday eve! Billy here. Vanessa is doing well and excited about being home. Sleeping at home is much better than at the hospital. I am glad to have her back home.

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i'm home! in my own bed! :)

Feb 19, 2008

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Posted Feb 19, 2008 4:09pm

Hey everybody! Vanessa here! Still at the hospital but Billy brought up the laptop and there is wireless internet here, so thought I’d check in. :) I’m feeling great and doing good, and it looks like Billy has been posting some updates, so you probably already knew that.

Some good news is that I might be able to leave tomorrow!! Dr. Sillins was very pleased with how I was doing and how I am recovering, so if all goes well tonight, I might be outta here soon! I get to walk around later and move around a little, so that will feel good to stretch my legs.

I’m still super tired since the nurses are constantly coming and going in my room, and because these lovely drugs make me sleepy. I’m looking forward to getting a better night’s sleep when I am at home. :)

I guess that’s it for now. It’s been good to be able to do a normal thing like posting updates, so I know I’ll be 100% soon! :)

As always, thanks for all the prayers, flowers, and support. Hopefully next time I update, I’ll be home. :)

Feb 19, 2008

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Posted Feb 19, 2008 12:07am

per Billy – Vanessa is improving every day. Today she was able to move (with assistance) from the hospital bed to a chair thus qualifying her to relocate to a regular room which she gladly accepted. Yippee! She probably still has a few days left at the hospital. She knows everyone is thinking about her and praying for her. She thanks all of you as do I. Please do not feel like you have to visit her in the hospital she would prefer to use the time in the hospital to recover.

Also, her results from her Thyroid Biopsy came back positive for an abnormality. This means the mass in her thyroid could be anything not normal, but the bottom line is that it will need to be removed at a date to be named later.

Once I figure out how to add pictures I will. Until next time everyone have a Happy President’s Day.

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me with my bubble wrap heating blanket


taking a snooze


christina helping me eat

Feb 16, 2008

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Posted Feb 16, 2008 11:03pm

per Billy. – Vanessa is doing well. Her surgery went longer than expected but better to do it right than fast. She is currently in the ICU at St Luke West, so she can be monitored around the clock for precaution. Hopefully tomorrow evening or Monday they will be able to move her to a regular room where she will be for about 3 days. Thanks for all the prayers.

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getting our game face on! :)

taking a peek at the crazy pictures we took

me & mombo

let's get this show on the road!

my sisters jess & christina passing the time

billy & dan chowing down

amy lou & jess in the waiting room

it's finally time for my family to leave! get there at 6:30 in the morning and leave at 11:15 at night!

billy excited to be going home

Feb 2, 2008

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Posted Feb 2, 2008 10:07am

I have good news! I had a CT scan on Tuesday and met with the doctor on Friday to get the results. He said nothing was showing up on the scan! So that means I’m in the clear for now. He also said the chance of the cancer coming back usually happens within 5 years, so I’m not rejoicing completely right now, but I’ll take it!! The weird thing that the scan DID show was that I have a 9mm cyst on my thyroid. Dr. Brennan said it’s totally unrelated to the breast cancer, and wants me to get an ultrasound of it, just to see if it poses any immediate concerns. He didn’t seem too worried about it though, so I’m sure it’s nothing to be worried about. It’s weird though because you can kinda feel it if you touch my throat…it’s like i swallowed a 9mm bullet! :)

So that’s my good news for now! We are still on track to have do my surgery on the 15th of February. Right now we are just kinda cleaning up our house, since I will be out of commission for awhile, and not to mention it’s not too fun to recuperate in a messy house!

Jan 15, 2008

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Posted Jan 15, 2008 9:26pm

Happy New Year! (15 days late!)

So I FINALLY have a date! For my surgery, that is…not a secret night out. ;)

The magic day is February 15th. I’m excited to to finally find out, so I can get it over with. I still have to get scans at the end of the month, so hopefully everything looks good. Not sure if I ever mentioned what I will be having done for my reconstruction surgery, so here’s the short version: I’m getting a prohylactic mastectomy on my non-cancer side (i already did it on my cancer side!) since i am at high risk of it eventually striking that side, and then having tram flap reconstruction on both sides, which is a fancy way of saying that the surgeons will use my fat and some muscles from my belly to rebuild my chest. Its a long and complicated surgery because of all the micro surgery involved (the blood vessels all need to be reattached so there is a blood supply). Afterward i will be in intensive care for a few days, and then a regular room for a few more. So…not actually looking forward to the surgery and recovery, but it will be great to finish what is hopefully my last step for awhile. :)

Dec 18, 2007

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Posted Dec 18, 2007 10:05pm

ready to leave cincy for NYC

Wow, it’s been awhile since I posted an update, but I guess that’s because I’m feeling great!

I’ve been finished with radiation for over a month, and my skin has finally healed back to normal. The week or two after my last radiation treatment was really rough. It was very raw and burnt so bad that it was bleeding, so it was very painful, but now it’s 100% better.

Nowadays I’ve just been taking my chemo pills, and there hasn’t been many noticeable side effects, so it’s been rather uneventful lately which is good. Once the one set of chemo pills is over, I will have my reconstructive surgery (probably in February sometime). So nothing really until then.

My fun news is that I went to New York city this past weekend with Billy and Christina! It was lots of fun. We went so I could take part in the SCAR Project, which is a project that David Jay, a professional photographer, is currently doing. He is taking pictures of young women under 30 who are surviving breast cancer. He was very nice, and it was really neat to be able to be a part of it. It was loads of fun!! I am going to post some pics from the trip, so be sure to check them out!

getting my make-up and hair done for the scar project photoshoot

me & christina in the bathroom (don't ask)

big smile


me & david jay, the photographer

me & joanie, the fashion director


During our quick trip we saw the Time Square and the Rockefeller tree, The Museum of Modern Art, went to Frankie & Johnny’s Steakhouse (where there apparently was a mob hit back in the day), walked down 5th Avenue, went to the new Apple flagship store, mastered the art of subway transportation (sort of), and saw the off-Broadway show Altar Boyz (where I got pulled up on stage and serenaded!). It was super cold and kinda nasty weather-wise, but it was all worth it. :)

Becky, Christina, Billy & me by the Rockefeller tree

Billy, me & Christina by Radio City

at the Altar Boyz show in NYC (I got pulled up on stage!)



I’m sure I will see many of you for the holidays, but if not, have a safe and happy Christmas. :)

downtown NYC...super cold and snowy

Oct 31, 2007

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Posted Oct 31, 2007 8:52pm

Our cool pumpkin. Oh, and notice the sweet tuxedo shirt on Billy! :)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Hope you had lots of treats!

So I got good news today…my last radiation is Friday! I was supposed to do it all next week too, but Dr. Cross said the more concentrated doses I was supposed to do next week would actually have been redundant because that area will be removed at the time of my surgery.

So, yay!…only 2 more to go! :)

Oct 22, 2007

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Posted Oct 22, 2007 11:10pm

So…here’s a long overdue, but not very exciting update: I’m halfway through radiation, with 3 weeks still to go. I go every afternoon during the week but it doesn’t take too long. My skin is getting red and looks sunburned, but i don’t have any feeling there since my surgery, so it hasn’t been too bad. Not much else really to report! :)

Thank you for my birthday wishes and cards!!

Sep 23, 2007

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Posted Sep 23, 2007 10:11pm

It’s been a while, so here’s the update: I met with the radiation doctor last week and got marked and measured so I can start radiation in a week or so. I also have to take a chemo pill for 18 weeks which I will have to stop taking during the radiation. Dr. Brennan wants to hold off on my second surgery until after I am finished with the chemo pills, so it won’t be as soon as we thought. I also met with a physical therapist who specializes in lymphadema. Because I had lymph nodes removed in my last surgery, I have to be cautious about my arm from now on. The therapist was great and gave me lots of exercises and stretches.

Well, that’s it for now! Happy Fall!!

Sep 10, 2007

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Posted Sep 10, 2007 10:48pm

Team Vanilly!!

My sisters Christina & Jessica, me, Jason, and Mom.

Way to go Team Vanilly! The Race for the Cure was a lot of fun and we didn’t get too wet. I think 3 miles was just long enough, since everyone seemed pretty tired at the end. :) Thanks to everyone who came out for it!! (I posted some pics so take a look.)

I got my pathology results last Thursday and they weren’t the best…The margins of what Dr. Abello removed were not clear, so that means she will have to remove more at the time of my second surgey. Also, she took out 9 lymph nodes and there was cancer present in 5. That’s really all we know right now, but we meet with Dr. Abello again this Thursday, as well as Dr. Brennan to discuss future plans. We were obviously hoping for better results, but heck, it’s nothing I can’t handle!! :)

Billy "warming up" for the walk...(I swear he made me post these pics!)

Seriously, you should thank me for cropping out some unwanted visuals (use your imagination!) :)


Me & Amy

Matt & Amy

Me and the Misenhelder girls...can you tell they are sisters??!!

Part of Team Vanilly

More of Team Vanilly

Me & Jenni

Amy & Tom


Sep 4, 2007

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Posted Sep 4, 2007 11:31pm

so it’s been awhile since i last posted…and lots has happened!

I had my masectomy surgery last thursday and stayed that night in the hospital. i had to keep getting morphine shots for pain, but by friday i was feeling lots better, so it was good i stayed there for the night. i spent the long holiday weekend at home taking it easy and taking lots of naps. billy, my mom, and sisters got good at being on “vanessa duty” so i could recover quite leisurely. boredom set in really fast, so i was happy to get out a couple times to take walks and for some much needed retail therapy! :)

i’m still looking forward to walking this weekend in the Race for the Cure, so i think by then i will be in good condition. (speaking of the race…plans are being set for meeting places, etc. so we will be sure to pass them along to all of you who will be walking!)

this thursday i have a post-surgery follow-up appointment when we learn all about the pathology of the tumor and find out if the surgery was successful and if all the margins were clear. if all went well with the surgery, i should still be on track for radiation to start in a couple weeks.

i want to say a big “thank you” to everyone who sent flowers, called billy to check on me, and sent me get well wishes…THANK YOU! i know i am so blessed to have so much support!! :)

Aug 12, 2007

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Posted Aug 12, 2007 7:52pm

Last one! Reading a magazine to pass the time of my final chemo!

No more chemo! I’m all done!! It’s crazy to think that it’s been 20 weeks since the first one, but it is a good feeling to be finished. :)

Some sneaky people decorated our car to celebrate the last drive home from chemo. :)

It’s here…as promised…the T-shirt design! The image is now as one of the photos, so take a look. Get your orders in now so you can have it for race day. The cost should be about $6 or $7 dollars I think. Jenni is handling the ordering, so she is the one to give your name and T-shirt size to, but of course let me know too if you are coming to the race so we can make sure everyone gets the plan for meeting up. :) 4 weeks to get in shape!

P.S. I added some other photos too.

Me at the cancer center where all my chemo treatments have been.

A "Purle Heart Award" all the nurses signed and gave to me as a parting gift.


Jul 30, 2007

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Posted Jul 30, 2007 9:57pm

So I’m almost finished with chemo! Just 2 more treatments left. I can’t wait to be able to check it off!

Also, I have learned that my after-chemo plan is going to be a little different than what we thought. I will now have 2 surgeries instead of one big one, and the radiation will be between the two surgeries. The tentative date for the first surgery is August 30.

The recovery after surgery shouldn’t be too major, so I am still planning on walking in the Race for the Cure on September 9. In fact, I just finished registering me & Billy for the non-competitive 5K walk! I’m getting excited since so many people seem to be interested in coming along! I think it will be lots of fun, so the more the merrier. As far as registering, the best way to do it is register as an individual (as opposed to a team) and we will have more detailed plans later on for meeting places, etc. You can go to www.komencincinnati.org and click on the Race for the Cure link on the right to register.

The other thing that should be fun for the walk is we are making T-shirts! You get a race T-shirt if you register for the race, but for those of you who can’t make the race, or who can and want to sport some super-cool race gear, we are going to get some printed. As soon as we have the design nailed down, I can add it as a photo to the care page for you all to get excited about…so keep an eye out for it! :)

Jul 16, 2007

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Posted Jul 16, 2007 10:14pm

4 more to go! Almost done!

The quick update: We meet with the surgeon again on Wednesday to talk more about “the plan”. We met with Dr. Cross, the radiation doctor, last week and he has very nice. He was very prepared and I felt like he was familiar with my file and situation, so my radiation should be a breeze!

Also, my Grandma got to go home from the hospital finally, and she’s doing good. :)

There’s been some interest in walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on September 9th. I’d love to do it if my surgery schedule permits, which I should know soon hopefully. If I end up not being able to be there, I know my friend Jenni is planning on doing it for sure. I hope it works out for me to be there so I can walk with other “survivors” and supporters. If anyone else is interested let me know!

Jul 7, 2007

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Posted Jul 7, 2007 12:02pm

Well, still plugging away! I know some of you were wondering when my next update would appear, so here it is! Just didn’t have too much to report really, but here’s the latest…

I’m down to 5 more treatments!! I’m eagerly counting them down, can you tell?!? Also, Dr. Brennan thinks my tumor is STILL shrinking! It started at 5cm, and last time is was half that size, but now he thinks it is about 2cm. So of course that was good news!

The other good news is that it appears that my hair is growing back!! I don’t want to get overly optimistic since I still have some chemo and radiation left, but it seems as though the taxol is letting my head hair grow a little bit at least. Which is weird because as of a week or two ago my eyebrows were still thinning and my lashes were falling out, so who knows! Doesn’t make much sense to me, but I’ll take it!

Next Tuesday we meet with Dr. Sillins (the reconstructive surgeon) to get some more info on options and ultimately get a gameplan, I suppose. As far as I know, I am still tentatively scheduled for sometime in September for surgery, but we still have to hammer down the specific dates. On Tuesday I will also meet with Dr. Cross (the radiation doctor) for him to take a look at me pre-surgery for him to get a gameplan as well. We did learn that my radiation will most likely be after I recover somewhat from surgery, and I will have to go 25 times (5 times a week for 5 weeks). But each time “getting zapped” only lasts a couple minutes, so the whole process doesn’t take that long. I will probably know more once I see Dr. Cross. So many darn appointments!!

That’s about it for me. For those who didn’t know, my Grandma (mom’s mom) is still in the hospital. She went in last week after a car wreck, so she’s busy getting better and trying to heal up a bit. It’s looking like she will need several weeks of therapy, which means she will be in the hospital for awhile, but she is looking like she is feeling a little better now. Please keep her in your prayers. Thanks!!

Jun 25, 2007

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Posted Jun 25, 2007 9:39pm

Just wanted to report that my mom did great with her surgery Tuesday, so thanks for all your prayers. It was a long day, but she did fantastic. :)

Billy and I were able to get out and celebrate our anniversary over the weekend, so for once we had a dinner conversation not related to doctor’s appointments, taking medicines, or paying bills. It was great!!

Also, Billy talked to the genetic counselor and got the results of my P53 test. I tested negative for the P53 mutation, but I do have a “variance” in part of my P53 strand. I’m not exactly sure what this means, and there haven’t been many studies that determine if this variance is cancer-related…so…that’s where we stand as of now.

7 more weeks of taxol!!

Jun 17, 2007

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Posted Jun 17, 2007 3:09pm

Taxol #4 went great Friday! Mom and Billy went with me and the nurses let both of them sit with me since it wasn’t very crowded. I saw Dr. Brennan again and he said we are still on track and things are looking good. :)

Thanks for ALL your prayers and words of encouragement. All your support has been fantastic! If you could also keep my mom in your prayers this week…on Tuesday she is having gamma knife radio-surgery to zap the tumor in her brain. I know all your prayers have done wonders for me, and I’m sure they will also help my mom get through everything and ease her worries. Thanks so much!!