This CaringBridge site is to keep family and friends up-to-date on Maggie and her battle with metastatic breast cancer. Thank you for coming to find out more about what is going on in mom's life and for the love and support you all give to her. Maggie's faith in God, gentle loving kindness toward everyone in her life, and her artist's spirit always bring joy to everyone around her. We know God is capable of performing miracles and we are praying for this for Maggie, His faithful servant.
Many who have followed along since the beginning will see that this update leaves out a lot of details about what this has really been like. I'm not totally sure there are words for that. I'll do my best to fill in details through journal posts, but for now, here's a brief history:
To get you up-to-date
In 2014, Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was aggressive (Triple positive), but was considered treatable with surgery, radiation, and chemo. Over the course of 18 months, she went through a course of treatment in a clinical trial that was hoped to eliminate her cancer and prevent future recurrences. The trial involved using treatments for metastatic breast cancer in the first round, rather than later on to treat recurrences. Later in the process, we were informed that the trial medicines did not show improvement over standard treatments to prevent recurrences. The chemo was physically brutal but was believed to be completed successfully in November of 2015.
During 2015 and 2016, her team of physicians monitored her for changes, approximately every six months.
Mid-January (2017) Maggie noticed swollen lymph nodes near her collarbone and moved up her follow-up with the oncologist. A CT scan revealed that her cancer had returned very aggressively in many places (lungs, liver, sternum, skull, abdomen and neck). After a lot of additional tests, she has been placed in a new clinical trial using some of the same chemotherapy medicines she was on during her initial cancer treatment as well as an additional pill that is being trialed on humans. This is a treatment she will be on for the rest of her life.
At a minimum, our hope is that this medicine will stop her cancer from progressing and that Maggie will be able to live comfortably while continuing treatments. At the same time, we also believe that miracles can happen, that new research will become available, and that this treatment can provide time for a miracle to happen that will give her complete healing.
Please pray with us, send loving thoughts and encouragement and follow along here. I (Kristin) will post updates as they become available.
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