Suzy Kraft

First post: Jul 13, 2011 Latest post: Nov 20, 2015
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My battle still continues, I am still in active chemotherapy. I live my life in three week cycles. Chemo week, week after chemo and the week I feel decent again. Chemo week is spent in jammies dealing with side effects, lost of appetite, tired and other stuff. Week after chemo I spend getting hydrated again and gradually getting stronger. The week before chemo I get chores done, stuff done that will not be done for 2 weeks. 

I am doing this because so many people have questions and I want the answers to be available.

I was diagnosed with endomtertial cancer in February 2008. Since then I have completed 9 courses of chemotherapy of Taxol and Carboplatin, 3 of Taxol.  And 1 of Adrianmycin( RED DEVIL).  Still taking taxol and all the other drugs to combat chemo.

July 2010 I talked with my onocologist and now am about to go through chemotherapy again. Last summer there were 2 spots in my lower abdomin area and they are gone. This year there is a spot between my diaphram and lungs that is 2.7 cm, an inch in size.

My first round was typical, loss of hair, nausea but I did go through day to day life. Watch my daughter graduate from college. My son marry and then 6 months later my daughter marry.

After the second treatment, I was sicker... Even suffering from neuropathy and damaged my left ankle because of it.

Looking into my third chemo, I am not as postitive. I am not a good canidate for a port so I do not have one. The needles will have to go into my rolling veins. If you knew me as a child you would know what a triumph this has been for me to even think about needles. I do not yet know when or where I will be taking chemo just that it is going to be...

I am scared, who wouldn't be ? I lost my mother to lung cancer in 1992, she could not tolerate chemo due to heart problems and my dad in 2004 to emphysema. Last week I lost a close friend to lung cancer. However good news from that my son QUIT smoking. JUST put the cigarettes down and walked away.

My doctor through all of this has not changed. Dr Mack Barnes, III did my surgery and guided my chemo twice. However there HAVE been changes. I have gone from UAB Highlands to UAB Women's Children's Center. NOW I am changing again because Dr Barnes has left UAB and gone to St Vincent's. He is working with my insurance company to get me into chemo as soon as possible in the BEST place possible.

Another fact about my dr. Last summer for his vacation he, his wife and children did a mission trip to latin america to help women there. He is a man of God and prays daily!

Familty and friends, God is NOT done with me yet. I am just a vessel and he is actually dealing with the cancer. I do not want to do this however for some reason I was choosen. And WE will GET through this.

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