Cheri Birchard Still living a gr8 life ❤️

I have joined the caring bridge website to keep people not in my everyday  life in the loop on my ongoing journey with cancer.  As most of you know I was originally diagnosed in August 2013 with stage 2b.  I had a bi-lateral masectomy followed by chemo and radiation.  This past spring I was starting to have some pain in my sternum and finally convinced a new oncologist to do a Pet scan.  The breast cancer has metastasized to the bone in 4 places and to 3 lymph nodes; mediastinum cavity, pulmonary artery and my aorta.  I have fought to get a different oncologist and I am now being treated at UCI by a incredible specialist in MBC.  My treatment is not chemo at this point.  It is Inrance a oral medication and monthly shots of Xgeva and Faslodex.  One shot treats the bone cancer and the other shot helps to strengthen the bones.  The side effects are not too bad.  My attitude is not too bad either.  I am grateful for every day I can breathe with ease and be free of pain.  I live one day at a time and some days one moment at a time.  I am grateful to all of you who have been so supportive in prayer, calls, cards and in helping me actually afford to get a qualified oncologist.  I will be starting Social Security Disability this month, but I would like to recover enough health to go back to school for a MSW and return to social work at least part-time.  At this point there is no cure for MBC, it’s just about buying quality time with the many, many people I love.  And I pray I am granted enough time to see my children get married and have children.  I was born to be a grandma, it is my true heart’s desire. And I plan on doing whatever I can to be here for that blessed event(s)🙏🏼❤️

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