Welcome to Lyndsey's CaringBridge website. We are using this page to keep family and friends updated on Lyndsey's treatment and recovery in one place. This is also a great place to show your support and words of hope and encouragement to Lyndsey while she goes through this process. Here is Lyndsey's story.
On May 11, 2017, Lyndsey was told she had breast cancer. After a number of doctor visits, tests and more tests, she was diagnosed with Metastatic Her2 Neu Cancer. As of right now, we know she has breast cancer, and we know it has spread to her lymph nodes, but we don't know where the original tumor is. She is being treated at Kaiser and they are continuing to test so they to determine where the cancer originated and confirm that it hasn't spread to any other part of her body. Even with these unknowns, they have outlined a plan for Lyndsey and put it into place. Today, June 2, Lyndsey had her first of 6 chemo therapy treatments. These treatments will be every three weeks for a total of 6 sessions over 18 weeks. This is a very harsh chemo cocktail and will likely be one of the hardest parts of her journey. Once these treatments are completed, she will have a full mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Once she is healed from that, she will continue chemo with a full calendar year of treatments with a drug specifically targeting her Her2 positive diagnosis. This treatment will be weekly, but will be much easier to tolerate than the first six treatments. They haven't determined yet if she will need radiation after chemo or not.
Since Lyndsey's first treatment was today, we don't yet know how she will respond to the drugs, so we just pray that her body responds well and her side effects are minimal. There are a few important things we do know, however -- one, her genetic testing all came back negative! That means there is no reason to believe there will be a genetic link to anyone else in her family. Such a relief! The second thing we know is that her prognosis is GREAT. Her oncologist believes this cancer is treatable and beatable and there is no reason Lyndsey won't be celebrating a cancer free future. We are so grateful to her doctors, current and future, for the life saving care they are giving her, and to all of her friends and family who are lifting her up in thoughts, words and prayers.
So follow this site for the most current information, and feel free to leave your thoughts for Lyndsey. Every prayer, positive thought and word of encouragement will help her on her journey to beating cancer and enjoying the long and healthy life God has planned for her.