Genevieve Barba

First post: May 22, 2022 Latest post: Apr 11, 2024
7 April 2024
Hello, welcome to my CaringBridge website!
My name is Genevieve Barba. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer in May 2022. I completed Taxol, Carbo, A/C “Red Devil” intravenous chemotherapies, Keytruda immunotherapy (treatment was stopped in October ‘22 due to a thyroid storm incident that put me in the ICU), bilateral mastectomy, radiation therapy, breast reconstruction, and Xeloda oral chemo. I completed my active treatment in August 2023. After three rounds of fat grafting in 2023, breast reconstruction was completed in November 2023.

One night after work, in October 2023, I noticed a bump on the side of my throat. I soon learned the cancer had spread to my mediastinal and supraclavicular lymph nodes. I now had Stage 4 cancer. Interestingly and unusually - the pathology of my cancer cells had changed from triple negative to estrogen positive, Her2 low. My oncologist was very happy to tell me of the change of pathology, as it opens me up to more treatments, which is great news! In late ‘23 we began treatment with Ibrance and Anastrozole.

In January 2024, I started to get a headache. On 26 January I had an MRI. Results showed my breast cancer had metastasized to my brain. They found about 21 masses in my brain.

In February 2024 I was treated with 10 rounds of Whole Brain Radiation (WBR).

Recovering from WBR has been an interesting experience. Some days my brain is foggy, other days I’m here as before, my brain is clear, which is absolutely wonderful!🦋🦉🪺✨

In March 2024 I experienced a pulmonary illness that put me in the hospital for a week. We think the it was caused by Enhertu treatment. My lungs are healing from the illness and thankfully I’m feeling better. Now working on getting my body and lungs stronger. We start a new chemotherapy, Trodelvy next week. Please wish me luck!

I enjoy writing and communicating. I hope sharing my story can help others in some way.
Thank you for your care and support, my friends!

Genevieve V. Gorospe Barba

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