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Hope For Luisa
Hi, I'm Luisa...I'm 36 yrs. old and was diagnosed with Stage IV "Inflammatory Breast Cancer" in August (2016), of course to my shock and dismay. It's a rare, very aggressive form of breast cancer, especially for women under 40. It has already metastasized (spread) to my bones, so that's why it's considered Stage IV. At this point, they say that it's "incurable," but treatable. I have a 5-yr. survival rate of 40%, according to statistics. I'm hopeful that I will make it past the 5 yr. mark, though, because I am physically and mentally a very strong person! So, about me, besides the cancer, I am a person who loves to go and do things, I love animals, especially dogs and horses, and I love music, as well. I also love learning, and have spent an enormous amount of time (probably 50 + hours) researching this disease, treatments, etc... As far as treatment goes, I have already completed 6 very difficult rounds of chemo., and have 6 more to go. According to my last PET scan (Dec. 6th), the tumor in my breast has shrunk, there is less cancer in my bones, and the lymph nodes in my right armpit aren't even showing any cancer at all right now, praise God! So, right now the chemo. is definitely working! I'm taking the weekly dose of "Taxol," for a total of 12 weeks, then I'm scheduled to have a complete mastectomy, followed by radiation to the breast and bone. God-willing, I will complete all this by around April or May of 2017!