Kim Martin

First post: Jul 27, 2017
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Hello Friends and Family-
Just to bring everyone up to speed I have been working with prostate cancer for 11 years. When I was first diagnosed I made a decision to have the prostate removed since it was in an aggressive state. I remained clear for a couple years and when aggressive reoccurrence  happened, I was able to do a radiation treatment and remain clear for a few more years. 
When reoccurrence happened again, I was able to then go on a hormone therapy treatment which managed the cancer for about 4 more years until we reached a point where it is no longer effective by itself.  

In March of this year,  I had a radical shift with my PSA results and needed to have a bone scan and CAT scan to determine what to do next.  Those tests revealed that I have stage 4 prostate cancer and it has metastasized to the bone and lymph nodes in my abdomen. 
The good news is, chemotherapy ( Taxatore) with  Lupron hormone therapy has had dramatic success in clinical trials with my diagnosis. 
I post this information in the middle of my second round of treatment, with four more in the future.  My PSA is stabilized at a good level and looking forward to it dropping down even more to suppress the cancer and potentially  heal me. 
I have to report I'm doing remarkably well with all side effects and work daily with diet, exercise,  and spiritual connection.  I continue learning many lessons on this journey and the treatment involved. 
I am grateful for all the thoughtful prayers and well wishes coming from so many.  Please keep them coming,  they work. I will try to keep you all posted with my progress.  
Until next time - Kim 

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