Shelly Krause

First post: Apr 12, 2017 Latest post: Nov 29, 2017

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Hello dear family and friends.  Having read some of other peoples' stories and journals over the years, I have come to see and appreciate the value in this site for informing those in my support group about what is happening to me and my family.  I have also found myself inspired by others through their faith and strength.  I fear my journals may be substandard.  However, I will attempt to be open and honest and informative.  Thank you for caring enough to be interested.

Many of you know of my breast cancer history.  A super survivor story!  And cancer free for 16 years....until now.  I will tell you here that my husband, Jeff, was diagnosed last Christmas time with prostate cancer and is going through chemo and soon radiation treatments.  I may include info on him on my site, since he has not felt the need for his own Caring Bridge site.  He is currently struggling with fatigue, constipation, some trouble/stress at work, and he is bald.  But his faith in his (and my) Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is holding us all up.

Back to me.  I had some blood clotting issues last year, and looking for an underlying reason such as cancer, I had a full body CT scan done.  The doctors told me it was negative, and I felt positively cancer-free!  Unfortunately, in looking for a breast cancer"recurrence", they were focused on my lungs and vital organs.  A small pelvic mass ("likely a benign fibroid")  was overlooked.  A month ago, I had some severe cramping and diarrhea, and saw my primary to check things out.  A colonoscopy revealed a small spot of cancer containing endometrial cells.  Another CT scan followed, and a visit to a Gynecologic Oncologist.  The diagnosis was "pelvic mass".  Dr. McNally concerned me with a lot of possibilities and still unknowns.  Next step will be an MRI to determine the actual origin and just how far it has spread.  This is as much as we know for now, and I will have another appointment next week to discuss MRI results and determine course of treatment.   Surgery in a couple of weeks is likely, with chemo and/or radiation to follow.   Stay tuned.....

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