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Nov 25, 2018
"Its all in my head." That is literally and figuratively. Lets go back to how this journey with cancer started. In March of 2018 I was experiencing symptoms that required me to visit every women's favorite doctor. The symptoms I was experiencing required me to have a procedure. Pathology from that procedure revealed the word that no one ever wants to hear, cancer. I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. There was not tumor per say but only cells so we thought we caught it early. After those words had time to sink in, I went in to have a total hysterectomy. That surgery went well and I felt great. I felt great until June 5th. (x-apple-data-detectors://9) I was at work and I noticed that I was having difficulty typing. I knew the letters but I could not get my fingers to hit the keys on the keyboard. I was rushed to the ER where an MRI was completed. There was a tumor on my brain. I was scheduled for an immediate brain surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery was a success. The pathology report showed that the two cancers were related. I had one treatment with the gamma knife as a precaution and I would undergo 6 rounds of chemo. Everything was going well after my brain surgery. I went in to have a routine follow up MRI in September. I was at the doctors office for 8 hours that day. They found 5 more tumors. Needless to say the bottom fell out of my world. My chemo was stopped and I started on a coarse of whole brain radiation. After my whole brain radiation is complete I will go back to Minnesota to take the next steps in my treatment. I am not sure what that step is but we will figure it out.
While I was starting my cancer journey, one of my sisters was on her own cancer journey. The pathology for her cancer showed a genetic variance. That simply means that there was a mutation and a missing gene. Without any information on the variance,the specific variance is not documented any where in the world, so they are not exactly sure of the implications. Long story short, I am missing the same gene as my sister. We are currently being studied by a genetics lab in California.