Many of you know Robin, her husband Joe, her children (daughters) Becca and Brenda, (son) Bobby, (daughter in law) Kasha, or her grandchildren Logan and Hayden. As a family, we have set up this site to keep everyone informed on Robin's journey. Please check back here frequently as we will update it very often. Brenda will be updating this site when new information comes available. Our hope with this site is to support Mom and Dad and keep everyone informed of next steps. Mom would hate all the attention she will be getting as a result of this site, but we know that Mom has touched many lives over the years and we are well aware that people want to know what is going on and ways to help.
As many of you know, Robin (aka: Mom and Grammy) battled Breast Cancer in 2000. She remained cancer free and a big supporter of Breast Cancer research for the last 18 years. In October 2018, Mom was having serious and debilitating back pain. She went to the doctor for sciatica and when all the remedies didn't help, she went in for an MRI. The MRI showed "multiple masses" on her spine ranging in size from 1 cm to 4 cm. Because at least 1 of the masses was over 4 cm, a diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer was given. A biopsy was conducted on 11/8/18 to determine which type of cancer it is. Some may say, "does it matter? All cancer sucks". Which is true. Cancer shows no mercy to anyone. Knowing the type of cancer will help us determine a treatment plan and medicine to try to prolong Mom's life. Because this cancer is stage 4 and on the spine, there is no cure. There is no cutting it out, reconstruction or eliminating the cancer. Mom wants to fight this to the best of her ability. The biopsy showed Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Currently, mom is going through radiation to shrink the masses to hopefully release the pain of the sciatica. When radiation is complete, mom will begin taking a chemo pill and hormone therapy to stop her body from producing estrogen (which is what the cancer grows on). If the radiation and this first round of chemo don't work, there will be a stronger, more aggressive form of chemo that she will take. The pill will cause hair thinning whereas the more aggressive chemo will make her lose her hair again. She still has her wig (Scarlet) from 2000.
As of right now, we would like everyone to put our family on your prayer and well wishes list as we brave through this battle again. We aren't sure what the future holds but we do know Mom's fighting spirit will face this head on.
If you would like to send Mom a card, please use Brenda's address: Robin Garneau c/o Brenda Wiegert 4920 E 125th Ave Thornton, CO 80241