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Nov 7, 2017 Latest post:
Mar 21, 2018
Dear Family and Friends, As many of you may know, I had been having some back pain at the end of July, early August. I correlated the pain to several things within a two week span, cedar point roller coasters, 4-wheeling, water tubing, and later a fall in August. I tried chiropractor visits, visited a sports pain doctor, ice, heat, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc. On October 2, I was able to get into my family doctor to get it checked out further resulting in an X-ray showing a compression fracture in my T8 vertebra. I had a Kyphoplasty procedure done on October 30th to inject cement into the fracture to help it heal correctly. This has helped with most of the back pain. In addition to the fracture, I had been monitoring a quarter sized lump in my right breast. In 1999-2000, I had 2 fibroadenomas (cluster of noncancerous tissue) removed which were benign so I wasn t as concerned because they felt the same. In 1999, I was instructed to keep doing self-breast exams and start mammograms at age 40 (I am 37). I wasn t concerned until it began to increase in size. On October 2nd, My doctor ordered a mammogram and an ultrasound of both breasts focusing on the lump, which had tripled in size. On October 13th, I had a biopsy done to send out to be checked by pathology blood testing. On October 16th, 2017, I was called and told they found cancerous cells in the sample. Things moved very fast after this. I met with an oncologist he next day who ordered more testing including, CT scans, MRIs, Bone Scans, blood work, etc. After all the testing, they could rule out that the breast cancer had NOT spread to any of my organs but possible to my bone, causing the compression fracture to happen. This has been confirmed that is has metastasized to my T8 vertebrae. ( This is not Bone Cancer-they are treated very differently). Most 37 year old women do not get fractures in their spine without something else going on to weaken the bones. After meeting with my surgical oncologist in Columbus on October 31st, my treatment will consist of pre-surgical chemotherapy to shrink the cancer for about 4-6 months, then mastectomy, radiation to kill any further cancer, then preventative mastectomy on my left breast, followed by reconstruction on both. I also had the Myriad Genetic testing done that tests for multiple familial genes that can be linked to cancer. As of November 6th, the plan is to place a port into my chest for treatments which will begin soon. As Ashley said, get the poison in there to kill it! This is what I know as of now. I will update further as things change. I know that this is a lot of information to process, but I wanted everyone to have all of the facts moving forward with my treatment. So yes, I may lose my hair, remove my breasts, be very tired and irritable, and not always feel like doing things. Please still keep asking, it will eventually get better, and I WILL KICK CANCER S BUTT! This will be a long process but I will need every single one of you to be my cancer warriors, through prayers, helping with rides to treatment, bringing meals, "Poke presents" as said by Aunt Tressa :-) , as well as being there for my family members to talk to. THEY WILL NEED YOU TOO!! This will not just affect me, but those around me as well. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer what I know with truthfully accurate answers. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I have a very long journey ahead. If anyone asks, please give them accurate facts. If you don' t know, please get them through this site. I will be happy to tell you the next steps as I know them. I felt that this was the best way to keep everyone updated who wanted to be but not have to respond to every text either. I love you all, Kendra
P.S. The tribute donations go directly to this site, it is not a "go fund me page". I haven't set anything up yet as I'm not sure what I will need. Thank you for your support