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In December of 2008, a tumor was found on my right adrenal gland (Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma, a rare cancer, with only 250-300 cases per year) Surgery was scheduled for Dec. 18th. My right adrenal gland was removed along withe a grapefruit size tumor. After 25 days in the hospital I was discharged to finish healing at home.
My surgeon told me that he had gotten all of the tumor and that I was cancer free, but needed regular follow-ups.
For two years I had no signs of cancer. In Dec. 2010 during a routine follow-up some very small nodes appeared in my right lung. We took a wait and see approach. In March CT the nodes had grown and there were more. We became very proactive at this point. In April I was referred to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic in Houston.
After my visit there in early May I was referred to a local oncologist as well as an endocrinologist for my care.
I started chemotherapy right away. First with a tablet regimen. I was up to 34 pills daily very sick and the medicine was not working. We decided on trying traditional chemotherapy.
A port was implanted and I started IV Chemotherapy on Oct. 24th. I am on a 28 day cycle, Week one I have chemo, Mon, Tue, Wed. Week two the same. Week three blood test on Wed, week four nothing.
I will be on the regimen for 6 Months.
Terri and I appreciate ALL the prayers that have been said for us. Please continue to pray for us as we make this journey.