Tartan High School Relay for Life  2019

Rebecca Rousseau

First post: May 27, 2019 Latest post: May 28, 2019
Hello My name is Rebecca but most call me Becca or just Mom lol.  I am 37 yrs old  with 3 wonderful kids. Leeroy 17, Rachel 14 and Aiden 8. They are my world. I am that crazy sports mom on the side lines going crazy 😂🤣 My oldest playes basketball, Rachel playes Basketball and Fastpitch Softball but is leaning more towards softball next year in high school. Aiden is just getting into activites. He does Cub Scouts where he just earned his wolf badge and he is playing Machine Pitch Baseball. Watching my kids stay busy makes my day and allows me to feel NORMAL.

I was diagnosed back on Sept 4, 2014 with Stage 3c Rectal Cancer. I did oral chemo accompanied with radiation. After a short break I had the surgery to remove the tumor. After a very long intensive surgery I ended with a temporary Ileostomy and was told a few days after being discharged that my pathology reports still showed signs of cancer.

Let the fight begin: January 16 2015 Aiden's  4th biryhday I had my port placed. The following Wednesday I began chemo. I did 8 rounds every 2 weeks. I had minimal side effects witch made my anxiety go through the roof. In my mind for it to work I must be really sick from treatment.  My Oncologist was happy and declared me cure after my last treatment. 

I had about a good year with some ups and downs but September 2016 things started getting weird.  Everytime I complain about a new symptom the PA just blew me off telling me once I hit my 2 yr mark I will be better. The Neurologist was just as bad. Instead of finding out why the neuropathy and weakness in my left goot kept getting worse she was focused on my family history of Alzheimer's. No help at all again. 

I eventually switched to Minnesota Oncology in March 2018 even if it is just for follow ups. It is so much closer to home. My new Oncologist listened to me and made me feel like I wasn't going crazy.   June tests increase which led to scans, and the scans led to a PET Scan which finally led to a CT Guided Biopsy of my sacrum. Sadly this confirmed the cancer came back locally and in an are where it can't be removed. 

I began chemo shortly after that. I do also have a second team down at Mayo in Rochester this time around which I wish I had done that first time bacl in 2014. Dr. Harry Yoon MD has been great and he doesnt sugarcoat anything.  Which has made a huge difference this time around in regards to attacking the horrible beast.  To date I have completed #24 rounds of chemo with #25 due this Tuesday. I have also done  radiation with 6 weeks of Xeloda back in 2014 and after the recurrence I completed 5 days of Proton Beam Radiation down at Mayo with Dr. Kenneth Merrell MD.

I have AMAZING support with family and friends while I fight. There are days I feel loney but they remind me daily that I am loved and that I am not alone.

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