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9/29/2017 Latest post:
Five years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer . I chose bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction to avoid radiation and chemo and to achieve the lowest risk of recurrence. Those goals were achieved and in July 2017 after a scheduled 6 month check up with full blood work reviewed, my doctor declared me to be five years cancer free. Around the first of September I began to feel fatigue, uncomfortable,shortness of breath and did not feel well off and on for a couple of weeks. The symptoms increased and prompted me to go to the ER on Tuesday September 19th. During that visit a CAT scan revealed spots on the liver and I was told to follow up with my oncologist. I met with Dr Frase the following afternoon, he discovered I had lost 6 units of blood and was in disbelief at how drastic my blood work numbers had changed since July. From the ER reports he confirmed the lesions on the liver were a concern and he admitted me straight to the hospital to receive 2 units of blood and a series of test were ordered. On Thursday morning I had an endoscopy procedure with biopsies of liver and surrounding lymph nodes and in that procedure the doctor discovered a bleeding tumor in the juncture of the esophagus and stomach. The results of these test indicated I was in stage four of gastroesophageal cancer that had spread to the liver and abdominal lymph nodes. It is a very aggressive cancer, not operable or curable. It is not metastatic breast cancer. I was released Friday because my hemoglobin was stable and Dr Frase recommended I begin radiation immediately to stop the bleeding of the tumor. I will have 4 radiation treatments this week and will begin intensive chemotherapy Monday October 2nd. Today in addition to radiation I will receive my Port-a-Cath procedure in preparation for chemo treatments. Here begins a new journey for me and my family, not one I was expecting but one I trust God to walk each day with me. Even though I will not be able speak to each person or visit individually your love, support, thoughts and prayers will be a strength and encouragement to me through your journal entries . My heart is grateful knowing you will keep me, my children and my family in your prayers.
Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.