After a wonderful summer traveling to Scotland and London where we met Tess and friends, a September week in Fenwick Island with family, and enjoying time as empty nesters, Robin developed intractable acute lower back pain. After three to four weeks of physical therapy, ice/heat and massage and still no relief, Robin underwent a MRI of the lumbar area. And on October 11th, we discovered that Robin had a lytic lesion(s) on her spine with the likely diagnosis of breast metastatic disease. In an instant -- and I mean instant --our lives forever changed. A bone scan and sacral bone biopsy followed which confirmed the diagnosis of stage IV breast cancer. 10 rounds of radiation ensued under the care of Dr. Adi Halthorpe at Mercy. Radiation miraculously resolved her sacral pain and after a week, she began her first of 6 rounds of chemotherapy (also at Mercy). The difficult part during this time was a) an unexpected mutation from the original estrogen positive tumor to now a HER2+ tumor, altering prognosis and b) keeping the news from Tess until winter break when she would have a month to process and be with us. Paranoid by the powers of social media and any possibility of Tess getting wind of Robin's diagnosis, we were determined to share selectively. Obviously, no parent wants to share the news of a cancer diagnosis with their child but in doing so --informing Tess and ultimately many others -- a huge weight had been lifted for Robin and myself. Not so for Tess but with discussion, support and time, we feel Tess is handling the news fairly well. As of now, Robin has completed 3 rounds of chemotherapy and because of a recent recurrence of new sacral pain, she is receiving 10 more rounds of radiation. Walking has been a challenge in spite of medication but hopefully, as before, the radiation therapy will relieve the sacral pain. Her goal is to get back to working out at Lynne Bricks regularly!
Needless to say, we are VERY grateful for your love and support, your walks and delicious meals, morning coffee gatherings, lunches, chats, and texts, etc.! With the help of Caring Bridge, we will continue to update you with her progress. Robin remains optimistic (most of the time), strong and determined and our girl will continue to kick cancer's ass!