Busting Through The Finish Line?!

My next two surgeries are scheduled. Monday, July 8th is the  Uterine Polypectomy and Ablation. To recap the need. For peace of mind, I had a uterine sonogram. Good thing I did! There were three polyps. They biopsied one of them. Great news is it was benign!! With my being on tamoxifen, there is an 11% chance it could turn to cancer. You can be certain that is an 11% I don’t want! Begone polyps! Begone all uterine lining! I don’t want to go through this again!

Lexi and Rylee (my left and right breasts respectively) are back in the limelight for the next surgery on Friday, September 6th. Their story was paused before completion, because they needed time to heal! Six surgeries in seven months was a bit excessive for them. Now that they’ve almost had a year since their last stint, they are ready to reach the finish line. The nasty infection Lexi had to endure was a game changer for her overall look and feel.  We’ve known since the last surgery that they would be on the table again. They are not symmetrical, and Lexi still needs a lot of TLC.  The surgery will include new implants, nips, tucks, repositioning, and relocating a little bit fat. My exercise must be paying off! Today, my plastic surgeon had to really search for a place on my body with enough fat to remove and relocate a smidgen!

After both surgeries I will have physical restrictions. Driving will be one of them. I am hoping I’ll have a little help from my local friends! **Hint! Hint! Hint!** Thank you!

In the meantime, I am containing my treatment. My diet is clean and nutritious. On the average, I exercise six times a week. I get Vitamin C and aloe IVs once a week. I’ve also gotten two antisense injections, a formula made partially from my own cells which is designed to kill cancer cells. Once I’ve had three of these injections, I’ll retest my blood in Greece to determine the drop in circulating cancer stem cells.

Next week, I have a bone density test. I am very interested in the results. Part of the reason I am exercising so often is to build my bones! Exercise does a body good!

Interestingly, even when diagnosed with osteopenia, and taking tamoxifen which has a known side-effect of pulling calcium from the bones, my mineral metabolism specialist at the highly respected UT Southwestern Medical Center, recommended I get a bone density test only every two years. One would think it is critical to know if the treatment I’ve chosen is working or if it needs to be modified, especially during the first year. The bottom line, as she told it to me, is that my insurance will only pay for the test every two years. Her medical recommendation was based upon my insurance not based on my medical need. Incredible! I would think a doctor’s treatment plan would be based on the patient, with the caveat of insurance coverage.

In any case, testing at two years was not acceptable for me. I need to know if my efforts are having a bone building effect, so I can either continue what I’m doing or modify my plan. Paying for the test outright at UT Southwestern is $250, while it’s only $125 at Radiology Associates! In research options, I called my insurance company and found out that they will indeed cover the test any time that there is medical necessity!

I tell you all this because it is a great example of why we need to be our own health advocates! I had asked that doctor on several occasions if my obvious medical necessity would change the insurance coverage. She said no unequivocally. She never even brought up the option of paying for the test outright. Her vision and treatment recommendations are wrapped around and blinded by insurance coverage. It took my tenacity in knowing I needed to be retested, no matter how the test was going to be paid, to find out that indeed medical necessity can sometimes make a difference. We need to listen to our healthcare professionals, and then follow our own inner guidance.

There you have it. The down and dirty! The up and clean!

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.
2013-05-19 17.27.19

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