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Laurie’s Story

Thank you so much for visiting my page!!

Diagnosed Feb 14 2011. Surgeries March, April & May 2011.  Started T/C/H chemo July 20, 2011.Chemo stopped due to heart failure September, 2011 Restarted Chemo Oct 12th 2011 Started 6 months of Herceptin Infusion Jan 2012 Finished chemo in July 2012  Diagnosed with Heart Failure 60%   March 2013 Port removal surgery. Heart Failure Progresed to 65%  Need Defibulator implanted when strong enough.


I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer on February 14, 2011.  I have been struggling for the last 2-3 years with Rheumatoid Arthritis and depression.  

  I was initially told in Feb that it was a very very small cancer, about the size of a pencil eraser and that lumpctomy and sentanal lymph node biopsy was the way to go.  I had that surgery in March and was told immediately after that everything was fine and that my lymph was clear, but 2 days later was told that the margins werent clear and that there was cancer in the sent node. 

I was told another lumpctomy would take care of it, there was a delay scheduling that and after I finally got that one in April there were 8 more areas of cancer.  Although I was told I could have another lumpctomy I  decided to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction on May 17 at Baylor Dallas.  This was followed by chemo at the Sammons Cancer Center.   I planned to have TRAM Flap reconstruction by Dr Jason Potter at Baylor Dallas.  I am taking Tamoxafin for 5 years. 

Dr Jeffrey Schussler at Heart Place Dallas says my heart failure has now progressed to severe and there is no hope for reversal or getting better.  He says I could die any day and I will have to learn to live with it.

Thank you so much for your prayers and moral support during this difficult time most especially for my parents and children. 

Latest Journal Update

May 2014

Still wearing the external defibulator and supposed to finally get one implanted this month.  I have found a study that I qualify for that may improve my heart so I am happy about that.  Found an FDA approved device that treats pain and depression and have decided to try it!!

I hate reading my journal here and seeing that I am STILL like negative and whiney and still holding grudges.  I am really trying though.  Tiffany has forgiven me and has allowed me back into her life and its a wonderful thing.  She is starting law school in the Fall.  I worked things out with my other relative and apologized but with both of them I just have to keep hoping and praying that someday we will have the closeness that we once had.  I am very grateful for their forgiveness and do not feel worthy.  Perhaps thats why I have so much trouble forgiving IDK have to think about that.  

Still staying at Mom and Dads and I really dont know how either of us will function without the other when we move next month,  I need them badly and like to THINK they need me...well I know they do in some ways but they need their privacy and independence in their golden years as much as possible.

Thanks so much to those of you who have stood by my side during all this.  I will never forget the things you have done for me and my family and I plan to pay it forward!!  If I have not sent a think you note or something I hope you can forgive me, I worry about that.  

Thanks for caring,