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Sandra’s Story

If you don't know already, I was diagnosed Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer in January 2011. Obviously, it was a shock.  The good news is that we have acted aggressively.  We will use this site to keep everyone up to date on my treatments and prognosis. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support for all of your prayers and happy thoughts!

The most common question that we have gotten is how did you find out? I found out after visiting my OB/Gyn and talking about some issues that came up after Anya's birth. He immediately sent me next door to the Breast Center for imaging. Between 8am and 11am I had gone through an exam, mammogram, ultrasound, core needle biopsy, and had a diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer.
We found out pretty early on that the cancer has spread to my bones (pelvis and spine), making it officially stage 4. The type of breast cancer is estrogen and progestrogen positive, so it is likely that I have had this since I got pregnant with Anya.

We are lucky to have such a great support system and we are moving forward with hopeful spirits and ready to take on this new challenge. Please keep in touch, we may take a little while to get back to people, but we really appreciate all of our friends, family, and colleagues both in Chicago and across the continent.

Sandra, Sanjay, Raj and Anya

Latest Journal Update

Very quick update

Scan results are in: Good news. No new tumors and the existing one is slowly getting smaller. I still have cancer, but it is responding to treatment. No new drugs for now. Thank you for your prayers, happy thoughts, and best wishes. We will keep moving forward.
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Martina Nieswandt
By Martina Nieswandt
I am glad and very happy for you!
Kathy Garstecki
By Kathy Garstecki
So So So Happy for you
Gail Barr
By Gail Barr
So happy about your good news! Prayers answered!
Marcia Mays
By Marcia Mays
Love this good news!!!
Nik Rokop
By Nik Rokop
Keep sending good, then better news Sandra! Wishing you well!!
Lori Matten
By Lori Matten
So glad to read this update. Miss you all!
Surbhi Lal
By Surbhi Lal
Woo Hoo! Take care Sandra. That is indeed good news.
Janet Dykstra
By Jan D.
Oh, thank goodness!!! So happy to hear the good news!! Keep it coming!
As usual, thinking of you and your wonderful family, wishing you still lived here on 3rd.