Sue Culler

First post: Oct 4, 2019 Latest post: Oct 19, 2019
In April of 2017 I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Breast Cancer after finding a lump in my left breast. I underwent a lumpectomy in May 2017 and it turned that they didn’t get clean margins and it was larger than thought. So I underwent a mastectomy in June 2017 plus they removed some auxiliary lymph nodes which 1/9 had micromets. I underwent 30 radiation treatments inJul/Aug 2017 and then was put on Arimidex to block estrogen to be taken daily for the next 5 years along with Zometa every 3 months. From February 2018-July 2018 I was nauseous constantly and lost 32 pounds. My doctors couldn’t figure out what was causing it so they sent me to a Gastroenterologist and they did X-rays. In the meantime I was preparing for and had reconstructive surgery. The X-ray showed my stomach and intestinal area but also caught the bottom of my lungs and spine which both had innumerable nodules and lesions. In August they biopsied the nodules in my lungs and it turned out my Breast Cancer had metastasized to my lungs and bones. It was now Stage 4 or also known as Metastatic Breast Cancer which is treatable but not curable. I will now be on treatment always and as one treatment stops working we switch and try another until you run out of possibilities or my quality of life is so bad we stop treatment. My cancer has been very aggressive and had to switch to 6 different treatments this year. Earlier this year during my quarterly scans It showed lesions on my brain and I had to undergo radiation for them. I also had an impending hip fracture and underwent radiation for that to ease the intense pain. So over the last few months I have had to stop working and driving because of my pain relief regimen. I try to stay positive and am grateful for all the support I have from my family and friends, I am so fortunate.

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