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10/11/2016 Latest post:
A little background on my story ❤
A little over 18 years ago in Sept of 1998, my 12 yr old brother Chris started having bad headaches. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor that even today, is considered incurable. I was a 10 yr old girl with not many cares in the world and I didn't really understand what the word "cancer" meant. Only that Chris had to have a big surgery, and mom and dad talked in hushed tones around us younger kids most of the time. Folks at church always seemed sad when talking to us and acted like my brother was going to die at any time. Then my world was grabbed by the pigtails, flipped upside down and shaken to the core, when my mom sat us down a month later and said that she also had cancer. For almost a year after that, they both fought the cancer. Surgeries, radiation, experimental treatments and more. My mom mainly put off most of the treatments to make sure Chris had every chance possible to be cured. Ultimately, it was God's will to take my mom Home on November 4th, 1999. After my mom passed away, Chris' strength and will to fight was all but gone and he also passed away in July of 2000. Though the next several years were a bit of a blur for me, the Lord used them to truly lead me to Himself. From a medical perspective, we didn't exactly know why my brother and mom developed cancer at such a young age. But a little over 2 years ago, we got the answer! After my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at 28, the doctors wanted to do some genetic testing. I also went through that testing and found out that I have Li-Fraumeni Syndrome or LFS. This is surely what my mom and brother also had. LFS is a very rare genetic condition that puts people at a very high risk of developing multiple different types of cancer throughout their lifetime. The risk of rare childhood cancers and early breast cancer is quite high for folks with LFS as well. ;There's no "cure" or fix, only catching things early and knocking it out quickly. Because of this, I was able to enroll in a clinical trial at the NIH where I receive whole body MRI's, Brain MRI's and Breast MRI's. I also get my bloodwork checked every 4 months. Thanks to these MRI's, my Dr's were able to catch this breast cancer early and give me a great chance of knocking it out! To do this, and because of the high probability of developing cancer, it was decided I should have a bilateral (or double) mastectomy. It's been scary, it's been tough and not something I'm exactly looking forward to. But my God is greater, and my God is stronger than anything this life can throw my way. He's holding me tight and I'm content in His Will. Thanks for all the love, help, and support!