Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Over time, we will add more functionality to this page including additional ways that you can help. For now, this site will provide updates on Beth's health journey. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
In December, Beth was diagnosed with triple negative regional breast cancer. This is an invasive form of breast cancer that has spread to one of her lymph nodes. The good news is that Beth's CT scan came back negative meaning that the cancer has not spread further at this time. Because this is a fast-growing cancer, her treatment path has already been identified and will be aggressive including chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and surgery. The doctors are hopeful that while the cancer is fast-growing, they can also treat it rapidly - especially given that this was caught early on.
After being seen at both MGH and Dana-Farber, Beth has made the informed decision to go with the team at Dana-Farber for her treatment. We feel blessed that we live in Massachusetts, home to the world's most sought after cancer treatments and teams; and, we are confident that the best of the best are now fighting on Beth's side, too. Not only do her doctors at Dana-Farber focus solely on breast cancer, but they also specialize in triple-negative breast cancer and have access to the most treatment options including clinical trials, if needed.
Beth received her port on Friday, December 17th. Her Chemotherapy treatments will begin on Thursday, December 23rd and will be once a week (on Thursdays) for the next 12 weeks. After that, she will go down to two chemotherapy sessions a month for two months (4 more treatments). Then, there will be a few weeks that we wait until surgery, which is slated to happen in June.
This will be a marathon of a fight, but the prognosis is good and we remain focused on that along with each small milestone that we can achieve through the course of the next six months.
We know Beth has an army behind her in this battle and we are incredibly grateful for that. Through all of you, we know that we can keep Beth mentally strong through this, while also ensuring her family is well taken care of and loved, too.
Beth is strong. We are strong. We are stronger together with you.