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In August 2006, doctors confirmed two words that changed our family forever: breast cancer. The season that followed was full of chemo and radiation treatments and three surgeries, a rigorous course that resulted in remission by May 2007.
We celebrated this victory for years, 5 years in fact. At some point into 2012, the back pain made it so difficult to walk, to stand. As the oncologist caught wind of this, bone testing ensued—which answered some questions about the pain in the bones. The breast cancer had returned and metastasized into the bones in the hips and lower back. Christmas of 2012, just months after the arrival of grandbaby #1, we were faced with a new battle ahead—an ongoing one.
So the advanced treatment course began. It’s chief goal was and is to keep life as normal as possible while continuing to keep the tumor marker counts low and prohibit the disease from spreading. Every so often, this treatment course changes as the body adapts to the drugs, but the goal remains the same.
Now, ten years in since the onset, round after round of chemotherapy and other drugs takes a toll on the body. Working a full-time job throughout this whole process too takes a toll. So today is the start of a new treatment course in addition to the chemotherapy. It’s called REST. The aim in taking leave from work for a few months is solely to allow the body to repair itself and tolerate the chemotherapy better. Our prayer is that the counts will begin to go down, and the quality of life will once again improve.