Mikki was first diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2009. She fought a great fight and was in remission until 2012 when she was informed that the cancer had metastasized to the bones of her spine and hips. As she continued oral chemotherapy, the cancer spread in 2015 to her liver. For nearly 3 years, the cancer was contained until May of 2018. From May- Dec 2018, the doctors tried multiple types of chemotherapy to no avail. In December, we sought out two second opinions and both agreed with the direction of treatment that was established by IU.
As of December 2018 the liver had not improved and the cancer actually grew. The two primary liver tumors were 1 inch and 2 inch in size. At the time, the bones had NOT changed and overall, the cancer had NOT spread elsewhere. Biopsy results showed the cancer as being resistant to endocrine therapy and therefore the cancer in the liver had mutated. The mutation is why her cancer did not respond to her old chemotherapy and therefore changed in the summer 2018. Mikki started a new chemotherapy.
As of February 2019, scans showed the cancer continued to grow on her liver. The good news is the cancer in her bones remained stable (present but not growing) and no other organs were involved. In an effort to stop and eliminate the cancer in the liver, the doctors began an aggressive double dose of chemotherapy. In addition to this approach being an aggressive attack on the cancer, it also meant a toxic attack to Mikki. Mikki went on leave from her work effective March 1st.
Summer 2019, Mikki underwent two different chemotherapy treatments ( C and G drugs). The PRAISE was that all three large tumors in her liver shrunk over the 18 weeks. Over the next 6 weeks, she will drop to only one chemotherapy drug( Drug G) and they will re-scan to see if that drug is maintaining and/or decreasing the tumors. In the meantime, please pray that there will be less impact on Mikki's body, because the current combination has shown some strain on her liver, while decreasing the tumors.
We are unbelievably thankful for the love and compassion to Mikki, Doug, Ben and Danny. We are very thankful for your support, kindness, meals, financial support, prayers and friendship during this journey.