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

GOOD NEWS!! My blood work is getting better each week! My anemia has responded well to the high doses of Prednisone & have gotten my counts within reason!! My Red cells are still a little below normal,  but have slowly increased some. My Platelets are still a little low, but have increased significantly!! I am having lab work done each week until I see the Oncologist on the 19th to discuss what's next. I have had to stop treatment while on the high doses of Prednisone because they counteract each other. We will pray that we can get back on "course" when I see the doctor on the 19th.
I continue to feel really good & have energy while on steroids! Let's hope I don't "puff up" like a balloon which is typical with steroids! 😁🤔
I am so very blessed to have Rick to watch over me & "take whatever I dish out" to him. I thank God for his unconditional love every day. Keep him in your prayers so he doesn't run out of patience & stays reasonably healthy!
Each of you continue to bless me every day with your love, prayers & support. Words cannot express my gratitude!
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