Dead Fat & Clay Pigeons

I went to Emory yesterday to get 2 new lumps on my left side checked out – one between my skin and tissue expander and the other on my upper chest, near the site of my original tumor.  Dr. Torres said they’re likely “fat necrosis” or scar tissue.  I go back next week for an ultrasound to confirm.

Only someone who has had cancer would be hoping for “deposits of dead fat cells” in her body.

I found a good article at about local recurrence and all of the different benign things that can cause new lumps.  My goal is to be vigilant but not paralyzed by the fear of my cancer coming back.  So far, I give myself a 5 on a 1-10 scale :)

Before driving to Decatur, I went to physical therapy at Turning Point, which I’m doing weekly until the kids get out of school.  (Happily, these medical-heavy days are few and far between now).

Other than that, the kids and I are busy with end-of-school-year festivities.

As for Joey, he’s skeet shooting today with his peers at work.  He wondered this morning what he should wear.  My response?  “Neon!”

Happy Mothers’ Day weekend!


  1. My spirited daughter – so glad I have YOU in my life to call me mom – here’s to nothing buy fatty deposits, fewer and fewer medical appointments, more and more fun (and new) activities like skeet shooting and geo-cacheing, hiking, swimming, zumba-ing, stand up paddle boarding, running, biking, singing and dancing through all that this wonderful life has to offer and for many, many more Mother’s days to come. XOXOXO

  2. Actually, Joey should wear Blaze Orange. He could also wear it to a Packer game or Packer bar.

    • Ann Chase says:

      Dear Nicole,
      I am praying that there is nothing to be concerned about.


      • "Cousin" Penny Chase says:

        Hi Nicole and the rest of the Chase Gang,
        Chaz has someof those “fatty tumors”, kind of like small, spongey ping pong balls. Hope and pray that’s what your body is making…In the meantime, here’s wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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