Kimberly Guzman

First post: Dec 17, 2020 Latest post: Mar 6, 2021
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. I have a hard time posting about my health on Facebook.  I don't know why, but I try to keep things as positive as possible, and sometimes my health and the treatment is not positive.  I will be updating more about my condition and how things are going with my care here. If you think about me, send me a text!  I appreciate knowing I am in your thoughts and prayers and that you are checking on me!  Much love to you all.

Cancer History & Diagnoses
December 2020 - Diagnoses with Stage III triple negative ductal carcinoma of the left breast.  Basically, "triple negative" is the type of cancer, "ductal carcinoma" means breast cancer, and stage III was because of the size and rapid growth rate of 90%. Triple negative is very aggressive and mine was very aggressive.

June 2021 - I had surgery to remove the tumor bed. All was removed and I was diagnosed as cancer free!  I had radiation on the left side until October 2021.  

I continued having my normal check-ups and follow-ups.

In August 2022, I had a routine CT Scan of lungs.  They found more nodules than the last time I had a CT Scan.  Therefore we scheduled a repeat scan for 3 months out.

November 2022, the nodules had grown significantly and there were more new ones.  Therefore we scheduled a biopsy for early December.

December 13, 2022, I was told I have cancer again.  It's still triple negative, and because it spread to my lungs is considered Stage IV Metatstatic Breast Cancer.  It's no longer in my breast but that's where it originated from and therefore will be considered breast cancer from this point forward.

There's no cure.  There's only HOPE!  Hope that the chemo will keep shrinking it or stopping it from growing.

To keep it completely 100 here, the prognosis is that the chemo will work for awhile and then the cancer will become immune to it and we will have to change types of chemo.  There's not many types of chemo for my type of cancer.  Therefore, there is no end in sight for the chemo.  There might be a break at some point, but for now we're going to go as long as we can until I cannot tolerate the chemo any longer.

Present Day
I was very sad for a few weeks, and then God filled me with hope.  NO ONE on this planet is guaranteed tomorrow.  I will choose to go out on my terms, and that's fighting and with positivity and praising my Lord and Savior for never leaving me and always giving me encouragement every day.  It doesn't mean I don't have bad days, because I do, but I wake up every day and hear the birds chirping.  I used to sometimes get annoyed at a chirping bird by my bedroom window, but now, when I hear the birds I feel joy, I feel uplifted and I feel God's presence giving me another day to hear the birds.  I know that's weird and maybe a little kooky, but I appreciate every day I'm given.  I have been spending more time with friends and family and enjoying life.  Thank you for praying for me. Thank you for gifting me anything (flowers, money, cards, gift cards, text messages, phone calls, etc.)!  

Most of all, thank you for loving me or my family no matter how you know us.  Thank You & God Bless You!