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My Story

Welcome to my page! Thanks for all the love & support! I couldn't get thru this without my wonderful family & friends!

I'll try my best to keep this as up to date as possible.

In August of 2008 I went to the doctor for some back pain that I had been having for awhile now. I was sent for a chest xray. They noticed something and sent me for a CT Scan. After the results of the CT came back the decided they needed to biopsy the mass the see what it was. It came back as Stage 4 metastatic melanoma. The worst stage of melanoma you could have. I instantley thought the worst. I couldn't stop crying. My doctor gave me lists of doctors I needed to call and set up appointments with. Nick and I left the doctors office in a haze. After I calmed down enough I called and set up the appointments. They were spred out thru outan entire month. I think after that we went to my parents house to tell them. Then we just called the restof the family abd my friends. It's all such a blur beause I was a crying mess.
After a couple of days I decided to call Karmanos Cancer Center. My first appointment with them lasted a good 8 hours because they got me in for a MRI that very same day. I cancelled all my other appointments I had made and have been with Karmanos ever since. I've done experimental drugs, chemo and radiation. My tumors have shrunk by about 35-40% so I'm pretty happy with that. I currently finished my 2nd round of IL-2 treatment and my left shoulder where the main tumor is located feels alot better so hopefully it has done it's job. I have to wait 4-8 weeks before I can have any scans to see if thetumors have shrunk since the IL-2 takes longer to work than regular chemo. I just can't wait for the day I can say that I am cancer free!!!!

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written on SEPTEMBER 16thI have some wonderful, awesome, fabulous, great, spectacular news :) :) :) :) Are you ready???? You sure??? My doctor said that I am in ... Read more

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Kelly Martin posted a new journal entry.

written on SEPTEMBER 16thI have some wonderful, awesome, fabulous, great, spectacular news :) :) :) :) Are you ready???? You sure??? My doctor said that I am in ... Read more

Kelly Martin posted a new journal entry.

I have good, no AWESOME news!!! :)I got the latest CT Scan results and ALL the tumors have shrunk 20%!!!!!!!!! Between this scan and the first one the grand total of ... Read more

Barb Davis signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Hi Kelly, So glad to hear things are going good. Your Mom told me she was going to the party , sounds like it turned out really nice. Did your Mom tell you were going to ... Read more

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<--- family shot @ Taqunamon Falls State Park 7/10....Hey everyone =) I've been a slacker on updating this...sorry!!! I guess that's a good thing. I have no MAJOR ... Read more

Kelly Martin posted a new journal entry.

I've been slacking on updating this...sorry :/ I don't have the laptop anymore. Pat had to take it back because the school was doing inventory so bye bye laptop. I'm ... Read more

Kelly Martin posted a new journal entry.

I wasn't able to start treatment yesterday because my hemoglobin levels were too low. They were 8.7 and they needed to be 9.0 I got a blood tranfusion instead. I got 2 ... Read more

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Hey punkin,  So very glad you are feeling better. Praying the clinical trial will result more skrinkage. Keep me posted. Love you so much, Aunt Jackie Read more

Kelly Martin posted a new journal entry.

I haven't updated this in awhile. Sorry!! :/The last IL-2 did not work. The big tumor by my lung grew by 2 mm and the smaller tumors shrunk a little bit. It was not enough ... Read more

Cortney Railing signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Hey sweetie! I'm so glad to hear you are feeling a little better now! I'm going to call you this week then since you're feeling better and probably up to talking more. :) ... Read more

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