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Liza’s Story

Liza was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer Dec 13, 2010. She completed chemo, radiotherapy and bilateral mastectomies in 2011. In December 2012 she was diagnosed with a recurrence, with brain and liver metastases. She has completed Gamma Knife for the brain lesions and is currently on oral chemo: Xeloda and Tykerb. 

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Liza here-

After visiting with the liver specialists, consutlting with radiation oncologists, medical oncology, and intervational radiology, we have come up with a plan.  On July 8th, I will have a laproscopic partial resection of my liver at the U of Washington.  I wil lhave a 1-2 night stay and then be home to recover. Thank you in advance to my step mother Cheryl, who will be coming up to help with the kids while I recover.  In the end, it was my desire to have a good tissue sample to type my new tumor that made up my mind.  This way the oncologist will know the tumor type and can tailor my new medication protocall to best treat it. There is still a hope that this is a benign tumor and having a sample will allow us to know for sure if this is a return of my cancer or not. I will let you all know how my medication and treatment will be changed once we get the pathology results.

I feel like I just had surgery and am not super excited to have yet another one.  Liam reminded me that it had only been 4 months since my last one.  I am feeling a bit run down and very tired of jumping through these hoops.  I pray that once this tumor is out, I can stay disease free for a long time.  I am getting tired of putting out fires. I could use a bit of a rest before I have to tackle something like this again.  And I am not talking about the physical recovery.  I need, and I think my family needs some time to just be.  The stress and uncertainty takes its toll.  

Thanks for thinking of us.  We will keep you updated.  
7 people hearted this



Stephen Anderson
By Stephen Anderson
Enjoy the heat & family on the 4th.
There are many who keep you in their prayers. Those prayers will be with you on the 8th.
Jennifer Brightbill
By Jennifer Brightbill
All fingers and toes crossed for a great outcome to the biopsy and then a nice long break from all things cancer!
Ruth Bach
Dearest Liza,
Always in my heart and mind. So much love,
cynical utopian
By Fareha
Prayers for you and your family.
Margie Medd
By Margie
Hang in there, Liza. You're making well researched and smart decisions, which is job #1. We're all here for you...and with you.
angela junkins
By angela junkins
Keeping you in my prayers daily.
deb z
Sounds like the best possible plan. Looking forward to seeing you beyond this surgery getting a nice long break from all of this crap. It is totally clear that you can be super strong but it will be nice when you don't have to be for a bit. Thinking of you Yores every day!
Pam Logsdon
By Pam Logsdon
You are in my thoughts, for sure. I pray that you and your family will get the rest you so deserve from this constant battle. You are my hero. Hugs to you dear Liza.
Jeanne Jobes
By Jeanne
You and your family are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.