About 3 years ago Marti was having back pain that was radiating down through her hip. She went to the doctor and was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. In June of this year the pain in the hip was so bad she could hardly walk. The doctor sent her for an MRI and they found cancer in her hip and her spine. She was sent to an Oncologist and after numerous tests she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that had metastisized to her hip and spine. Without treatment they gave her 6-9 months. They did start her on a treatment of Arimidex, which is used in women with advanced stage or metastic hormone receptor positive breast cancer. With this treatment they are hoping to increase the timeline to 2 years. Her doctor has a couple of patients who have made it to 8 years. On Wednesday 8/23/2017 she met with an Orthopaedic Surgeon about her hip and what can be done to help her move again. The surgeon decided the best option was a partial hip replacement. He said he will have her walking the stairs before she leaves the hospital. This is very encouraging news as she already has a fracture and a very weak hip so this will fix that and give her a better quality of life. She is having the surgery tomorrow at 9:50 in the morning at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. I will update after the surgery.
~Wendy Deadwyler (Daughter-in-law)