Cara’s Story

Site created on January 21, 2020

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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 right 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,

Newest Update

Journal entry by Cara McElhaney

After my visit with  the Endocrinologist,  Dr. Patel, she informed me that the hypothyroidism is caused from my chemo treatments & I'll need to stay on meds to help my thyroid produce the hormones my body needs.  It's unlikely that it will heal itself & go back to normal.
My toothache is much better thanks to the nerve pain meds, gabapentin! I'm waiting for the Oncologist & Endocrinologist to talk & get the approval to extract the tooth if necessary. 
Just thought I'd give you some happier news after my frustrating post.
Life is good I'm fighting through this bump in the road & will be good as new soon!  Thank all of you for your love, prayers & support! It keeps me going!
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