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Except for the star field (which uses a stencil), this piece is a manipulation of one of my mammogram images. Created in ArtRage. Full size at https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4175/34645964255_6a912b18cc_b.jpg.

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My CA 27-29 breast cancer marker had been trending upward for a year and had crossed into the High range on April 21. Cancer markers aren't that reliable, but that trend had my oncologist and me concerned. The marker remained high after follow-up testing a week later.

Our next step was to see if anything suspicious showed up on a PET/CT scan, which occurred yesterday (May 11). I got my results late this afternoon via patient portal. Everything looks normal. YAY! (WHEW!) I see my oncologist on Monday for the official word, but "No hypermetabolic malignancy/metastases." pretty much covers it. Thanks to everyone for their good wishes! <3 Larger size at https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4190/33776645394_4af0256f32_c.jpg.

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I tweeted this image to my Congressman (after calling his office for the umpteenth time, giving his staffer what for) and posted the link on his Facebook page AND mailed copies (with my contact info) to both his DC and district offices. I had tried faxing it, but his faxes aren't answering. And I will continue to post and mail and fax as often and for as long as I can, because he needs to feel the blowback. For months he had been expressing his reservations about "Trumpcare," but he voted for it anyway. My tweet is at https://twitter.com/Elissa_Malcohn/status/860205648285401089. Original size image is at https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4187/34283735762_6eedd4d74c_o.jpg.

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I had been hoping to get to a Science March on April 22, 2017, but my body told me otherwise, my recent B-12 shot notwithstanding. (The closest marches to me were about 30 miles away.) I posted this shot on social media instead and did some activism from home.

I'm holding my bottle of anastrazole and wearing a Rogue NASA tee. All profits from the tee sales benefit Girls Who Code and the National Math + Science Initiative.

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Announcement in our local paper this week about the group I facilitate, Creativity Heals. I'm in the mustard-colored shirt. This photo was taken last spring, when I still wore my compression sleeve following a chemo port-associated blood clot. (The sleeve was not for lymphedema but for venous swelling from the clot.) The meeting shown was an infinity scarf workshop given by one of our members.

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I'm posting this picture in response to a request to see what my hair is like now. I finished chemo on Oct. 16, 2014 (4 cycles A/C + 12 cycles Taxol). My hair started to return about two weeks before I finished the weekly Taxol infusions. This picture was taken on Jan. 26, 2017, so I had finished chemo about 2-1/4 years ago. I still have a bit of chemo curl left, which is especially visible right after a shower. My hair had been thin to begin with, but is even thinner now from anastrazole, which I've been taking for for almost 26 months.

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Collage is made from public domain materials found via the Public Domain Review (http://publicdomainreview.org). The sky and rainbow are from Rainy Season in the Tropics (1866) by Frederic Edwin Church. Birds are from Trochilidae, plate 99 from Ernst Haeckel’s Kunstformen der Natur (1904) and (at center) Vol. 1 of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1754) by Mark Catesby and George Edwards. The egg shape at right is from Ascidiacea, plate 85 from Haeckel. Flowers are from Temple of Flora (1807) by Robert Thornton. Architectural setting is from Variae Architecturae Formae (1636), based on the forms of Dutch Renaissance architect Hans Vredeman de Vries (1527–c.1607). Done in ArtRage. Large size at https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/631/31883529691_ed82c2e6cc_b.jpg

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Riff on a holiday card. Full size at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5833/30973887430_5de9188d4b_o.jpg. Original card image at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5633/30973903200_348bbcee0a.jpg. Season's blessings to all!

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Ornament, done on my desktop ArtRage. (Original at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5458/31311948475_bf19d06c97_o.jpg.) Wishing everyone a holiday season filled with love, peace, comfort, and all good things.

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An extraordinary short film (15 min.). The twist at the end is why I'm posting it here.

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Another in my series of art quickies. I made this one from a shot of the compression bandages used when I had blood work done at my cancer center on Friday. After a dud stick and an unusable blood vial because it filled so slowly that it clotted, the third stick was the charm. I'm still waiting for some results, but I'm happy to say that the tests look good so far! (I'm not expecting any surprises.) Full size at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5477/29873397304_c81a074ef9_o.jpg. Original shot at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5332/30205555120_d9220341b1_c.jpg.

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Happy Monday, everyone. I continue to do my daily art quickies, in which I take a photo with my tablet and manipulate it using ArtRage for Android. This quickie is based on a shot of trees that I took from my cancer center's parking lot on Friday, when I had my three-month checkup and blood work. Full size at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5692/30529522155_c789187e1f_o.jpg. Original shot at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5626/29898863594_7071a45811_c.jpg.

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