My Story

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I was diagnosed with Stage 4, triple negative breast cancer, in December of 2008, which was followed by a lumpectomy, six months of chemotherapy, and 37 radiation treatment to my breast and sternum. I have the most aggressive form of breast cancer, with little hope for a medical cure at Stage 4.  It was discovered at my first mammogram at age 40.  Athough the tumor was small, it was on the inside of my breast near my sternum and was able to spread to the sternum and escape the breast area. After the first round of chemotherapy I enjoyed a year in remmission recovering, but then a brain MRI in July of 2010 revealed a brain tumor on the right side of my brain. I had brain surgery to remove the tumor, followed by a round of partial brain radiation. I again enjoyed about a year in remission, until a second brain tumor was discovered in November of 2011 on the right side of my brain.  Brain surgery followed to remove the tumor, but a cyst that had surrounded the tumor filled again with fluid requring a third brain surgery to put in a reservoir to drain it. These two surgeries were also followed by a second round of partial brain radiation. Unfortunately, I have not had another period of remission.  Within weeks of completing my second round of partial brain radiation.4 new brain tumors were discovered on the left side. These were treated with whole brain radiation. Shortly after this third round of radiation, I underwent lung surgery in Chapel Hill to remove a cancerous tumor.  My lungs have remained stable and have responded well to the chemotherapy treatments I have tried.  Unfortunately, within a couple of months a follow-up brain MRI showed many tumors throughout my brain, which have continued to grow and multiply. Chemotherapy just does not cross over the protective barrior surrounding the brain. I did participate in a clinical trial with a drug they are testing in Chapel Hill that they hope will more effectively cross the brain barrier, but it did not prove effective for me.  It also left me with very damaging neuropathy in my hands and feet.  I have exhausted all medical treatment options at this point, and have been given a terminal diagnosis. The medical community just has no cure for me, so everything is now in the hands of my Heavenly Father, who has so lovingly cared for my every need over the past 4 years through my friends, my family, my church, my neighbors, and my community.

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A sweet friend sent to me this great blog entry. It is so funny how God filled my heart and mind with this knowledge almost instantly when the nurse gave me my diagnosis ... Read more

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I just finished my second book by Graham Cooke, titled "Living in Dependency and Wonder." It is a very small book, but full of great knowledge. It has helped me ... Read more

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Neil and I are almost home. I have been renewed with hope and the power of the Holy Spirit. No man has the power to give me an expiration date. I am fearfully and ... Read more

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Neil and I are again at Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida for three days of intensive prayer for healing. Please pray for a miracle of complete healing ... Read more

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A friend recently asked me how I can find such peace under these trying circumstances.  I came across a sermon today by Dr. Charles Stanley, which contained many of the ... Read more

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I am asking for specific prayers for a miraculous healing and strong belief in Neil and I that complete healing will come.  I have typed some healing prayer verses below ... Read more

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Bad news. The cancer figured out a way to get around the chemo. Of course, I would have really smart cancer. Some of my tumors grew and I have ten new tumors. I can no ... Read more

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I was in trouble and You rescued me Torn to pieces now I'm complete Fatherless till You called me Your own No direction, till You showed me where to go How can I say thank ... Read more

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I am heading to Chapel Hill tomorrow for scans. I will receive the results on Thursday, followed by chemo. I have been battling a bad cold virus this past week, which ... Read more

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I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post. This round of chemotherapy brought less pain, but increasing fatigue. I was in the bed a lot more than previously, but God had ... Read more

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