I just got my hair done. If you know me you know that not only do I love my hair and getting it done but I absolutely love my stylist Jess. I really hope that I don’t lose my hair. Jess this is just a temporary hold on my appointments. I will be back!!

Deana Keller Deana’s Battle

First post: Mar 10, 2022 Latest post: Jan 7, 2024
A little history of my diagnosis!

I would like to acknowledge a few of people who have been and will be with me through this journey. These are my “support team”, Carrie, Dad (Mike) and Rachel.  

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotion. Many of you have asked how this all started, well here it is. Back in early December I felt a lump on my right breast, (I do my self breast exams regularly and didn’t feel anything until then).  As you know my mom passed away on December 15th, so my issues went to the wayside. After everything with my mom was done I called the doctor about the screening mammogram that was ordered last June (obviously I didn’t do it 🤦🏼‍♀️). I had that done on February 4th. A couple of days later the doctor called and said that there was a mass found on my right breast, possible other masses in both breasts and enlarged lymph nodes in the right axilia (arm pit). I was then scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram with compression and an ultrasound of both breasts. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be scheduled until March 4th. 
On February 16th I was walking into work (up stairs) with our associate chiropractor (Dr. Jessica Lewis) and took a step, felt a pop in my right hip area. The pain took my breath away and I had a hard time putting pressure on my right leg. Jessica suggested that Dr. G dry needle my hip area. I had the dry needling done and it didn’t help. There was an X-ray of my pelvis ordered. That report came back “unremarkable” or normal.  Jessica had looked at the actual image and there was a “spot” that bothered her. She consulted  with her dad (with my permission) who is also a chiropractor and he suggested more imaging. On Thursday, February 17th I went for another X-ray. Later that day Dr.’s G and Lewis called me to tell me that there was a 5cm tumor seen on my right iliac crest and it was recommended that I get an MRI with & without contrast to confirm that mass. I was able to get the MRI on February, 23rd. Thanks to a friend at the imaging center she made sure that it was read as a STAT. I got a call from my primary the next day saying that I have a mass that is indicative of malignancy (cancer) and I needed to get a follow up, staging and treatment urgent. (I’m NOT going to tell you about the issues with referrals from that PCP). I found an oncologist and got an appointment with him on March 3rd. 
On March 3rd, I go to the appointment with my entourage,  (my dad and Rachel). We get back in the room the doctor talks to me and then does the exam (dad walked out). The oncologist examines my right breast mass and lymph nodes. He does his physical exam then calls dad back in and says, he believes that I have Stage IV breast cancer that has metastasized to the pelvic bone. He orders a lot of tests; breast biopsy, pelvic biopsy, CT Scan, Bone Scan, Pet Scan and a Port placement. 
I think you are all caught up. Please keep checking in for updates. You do need to know that I have been upbeat and have a positive outlook during all of this. Please keep all of us, including my support team in your prayers.  

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