Nov 13, 2020 Latest post:
16 hours ago
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. August 2016 was a heart breaking month. That is the month that I started on my cancer journey. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast cancer, ER/PR positive and HER2 negative. I went through a lot of tests first before ever starting chemo at the end of Sept. 2016. I started losing my hair and finally went completely bald. I never realized how cold your heed could get without any hair. I traveled to Northcreek, Kenwood, with my sister by my side where I had numerous treatments to try and shrink the size of my tumor. However, the last day of chemo came on Feb. 16th, and I knew that I was facing a left breast mastectomy. That day came on March 14th. All was removed along with 4 very large lymph nodes. Then after I sort of recuperated from that, I started radiation at Northcreek from the end of April until June 7, 2017. I rang the bell thinking I was leaving everything behind me. Oct. 2018, I decided to have an L4-L5 fusion of my spine because of back pain that I had been having. Everything went smooth on Oct. 31, 2018. I recuperated from that and gained my strength back so that I could lift 40 lb. bags of cat food and 40 lb. bags of cat liter. (I have 5 indoor cats, but I also feed the outdoor feral cats.) 2020, I started having pain in my back again and I was afraid that I would have to have another fusion because the doctor had told me that that could happen. I knew that I didn't want to go back to him(not because I didn't like him, but his office was pretty far). So I put off thinking about what I should do. Then the Pandemic hits in March, and we did not do anything. Finally in July, I decided to go to an orthopedic doctor because the pain was located more in my hip than my spine, I thought. Had an X-Ray which showed nothing, and he said that I should see a back doctor. So I picked out someone from Beacon Orthopedic because that where Barry was going for his next knee replacement. The doctor ordered an MRI and that is when the radiologist showed me the scan with the 3 black areas on my spine and 1 small one on my right rib. He said that I really needed to see my oncologist, but that is another story. After all of my 1st cancer treatments, my oncologist moved to S. Dakota. My surgeon also left and moved back home. So, I started over. The 1st oncologist that I picked ended up being the wrong fit for me. I remember telling him the summer of 2019 that I was having pain in my back. I distinctly remember him asking me what I would like to do. That's when I decided that I longer thought he was caring for me. I was just another face that he saw once a year. So, when this all came up, I decided to try my sister's oncologist. She was new to the same practice. Yes, both of my sisters also have had breast cancer. Shelby who is 13 years older than me, and Marty who is 10 years older than me. Anyway, I must say that I am very happy with the oncologist that I chose because she listens. The 1st thing that my new oncologist decided was for me to have 10 treatments of radiation to help with my pain that I was having. That started the 1st part of Sept. 2020. Then I needed to wait to start the next treatment so that Barry could have his 2nd knee replacement which he was able to have on Oct. 6th. So now, I am taking chemo pills called Ibrance, 21 days on and 7 days off, once a month double shots of Falsodex (chemo), and every 12 weeks an IV of Zometa to try and strengthen my bones. This treatment is supposed to help me to live a little longer, but it does come with side affects. I will never be cured. Thank you all for listening to me ramble on. Good Bless you all.