Cara’s Story

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I have been diagnosed with Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma that was found in a groin lymph node while trying to find out why my left leg has been swollen for 6 months.  All the testing has not been able to reveal the source, but it is in a few more lymph glands.  The Oncologist tells us that it is a "good" stage 4 and that it's treatable!  They are doing Molecular testing to see if chemo or Immunotherapy would be the best treatment.  First indications are Immunotherapy will be the best, but all the testing is not complete.  In the meantime, I will have chemo treatments every 3 weeks for 6 treatments.
I will keep you posted as to how I'm doing and what the effects are.  Hopefully, I will skate through this and this bad dream will be over!!
Your love and prayers will get me through!  Feel free to text and email, and phone calls are always appreciated!
Love and blessings,
Cara

Newest Update

Journal entry by Cara McElhaney

As I sit here during my 4th treatment, I thought I'd bring you up to date on what I found out with my appointment with the Oncologist.  My thyroid levels are at .09, so they're referring me to Endocrinologist at SLE. He has ordered a PET Scan for 4/14/20, to see what results the treatments have had on my affected lymph nodes.  I will also continue on maintenance treatments of Immunothetapy indefinitely every 3 weeks until I cannot tolerate it or more cancer shows up. I will have a PET Scan every 3-4 months to see what's going on.
He reminded me that since it's Stage 4 & Metastatic, we have to stay on this to hopefully kill it, contain it or prevent it from spreading if possible!  I guess I'm going to have to send videos to the twin grandbabies so they'll know who I am? It's so hard to stay away from my 10 grandkids & all of my family! I was so grateful to have my S-I-LOVE & her daughter-in-love come to see us before the lock down. We also enjoyed our daughter, Heather,  for a week before we got seriously quarantined. Ascentist Ear. Nose, & Throat where I work, has furloughed 75% of their staff without pay. Of course, I'm included. It's probably a blessing in disguise with my health issues. Of course,  we're going to miss the pay, since Rick is retired.
I guess I'm going to need lots of your prayers & support for a lot longer than I anticipated & for lots of different reasons. So, hang tight & pray this COVID-19 is extinguished over the world. I pray for you & your safety.
Thank you for your constant love & prayers,
Cara
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