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,

Newest Update

Journal entry by Cara McElhaney

It's been an emotional few days after I got what little hair I had left shaved on Friday.  I look in the mirror & wonder who that bald person is looking back at me?  Another reality check. Then on Saturday,  Rick took me to Designer Wigs & we found one that he picked out & likes a lot better than the one I got online. I wore it to church today & got lots of nice comments, which I needed to hear. 
Today was the first time my stomach was on a rollercoaster ride most of the day, & I felt a little queasy & weak. Since they've added Immunotherapy to the Chemo, I'm hoping my side effects aren't twice as bad. Lord, help me to be strong & give me courage to fight this battle & overcome this cancer!  My next treatment is March 4th. 
Thanks to all of you for your love & prayers that will get me through!
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