I found a lump in my right breast.
After many tests, it was determined to be Stage 1, triple negative breast cancer
October 6, 2008 - November 17, 2008
I received 4 chemo treatments - one every other Monday.
Adriamycin doxorubicin and Cytoxan cyclophosphamide make up the chemotherapy regimen known as AC
Adriamycin is administered first, followed by Cytoxan.
Cytoxan is a clear fluid once mixed, and Adriamycin is noted for being bright red. Adriamycin and Cytoxan are both given intravenously
Medications designed to prevent side effects are given before treatment. Administration of the chemotherapy is typically done in about an hour.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/116572-ac-chemotherapy-breast-cancer/#ixzz2WBwallv1
December 2008 - January 8, 2009
Started second chemo
How Taxol Is Given:
- Taxol is given as an injection or infusion into the vein (intravenous, IV).
- Taxol is an irritant. An irritant is a chemical that can cause inflammation of the vein through which it is given. If the medication escapes from the vein it can cause tissue damage. The nurse or doctor who gives Taxol must be carefully trained. If you experience pain or notice redness or swelling at the IV site while you are receiving Taxol, alert your health care professional immediately.
- Because severe allergic reactions have occurred in some people taking Taxol, you will be asked to take medications to help prevent a reaction. Your doctor will prescribe the exact regimen.
- Taxol is given over various amounts of times and in various schedules.
- There is no pill form of Taxol.
Lumpectomy - all margins were clear
Port a cath removed
March 9, 2009 - May 1, 2009
37 radiation treatments
I was deemed CANCER FREE!!
I received a call from my oncologist with my yearly CT scan results...not good.
Learned I had some spots on my lungs that needed further tests.
Learned it is Stave 4 Metastatic Breast cancer that had moved to my lungs, bones and lymph nodes
April 8th - started new chemo
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/191571-chemotherapy-drugs-for-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-the-lung/#ixzz2WC3WHgBH
I also get/continue to receive Zometa once every 6-8 weeks.
This is to help strengthen my bones to keep the cancer out.
I continued on with abraxion every other week.
May 26 - my PET scan showed GREAT improved.
We decided to stay on the abraxion until my next scan.
The spot that we thought had shrunk had actually grown - back to the drawing board with chemo choices.
Started carboplatin and gemcitabine
Gemzar is the brand name of the chemotherapy drug known as gemcitabine, which is commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, bladder cancer, ovarian cancer and metastatic breast cancer. It is often used in combination with other chemotherapy medications as, according to Cancer Research and Treatment, it is tolerated well by patients and produces few long-term side effects
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/41409-gemzar-chemo-side-effects/#ixzz2WC5T4RqL
Nausea and Vomiting
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/131554-carboplatin-chemo-side-effects/#ixzz2WC65tVVW
I was also accepted on a trial drug - BSI 201
I continued on BSI 2 times a weeks and life was clicking along.
My right leg went numb and for me to move my right side took so much thought...I knew something was wrong.
After going to the ER and an MRI, we found out I had a mass in my brain.
Had brain surgery to remove mass
It was the same breast cancer that had moved to my brain
Had brain radiation
Went crazy from steroids - had to be put in the hospital for monitoring
Had several more MRI because I just felt something was not right
Found out the tumor was back...same spot
2nd brain surgery
This one was a little more invasion to ensure he had it all.
I woke up not being able to feel my right side and couldn't walk without a walker.
Christmas Eve God told me to walk with just my cane - I did it and kept doing it!
I started physical therapy to help with my walking.
I started practicing driving in a parking lot - I had to teach myself how to drive with 2 feet...I still drive this way!
We were on our own - my mom had left and Eric's parents left - it was time to figure out our new normal.
Another MRI - showed my brain was healing from radiation and surgeries
I walked around the block by myself - no cane!!
PET scan showed a spot on pancreas - after MANY test and a scope later, we found out it was an ulcer...I will take an ulcer any day!
My right leg went numb again and I knew - something was wrong.
13th: I turned 35...and was a treatment!
Got an MRI and it showed the tumor was back in the same spot.
16th: Had 3 brain surgery
17th: was able to go home - I guess I am getting good at recovering from brain surgery!?!?
Yes, I was able to walk. My leg felt (and still feels) heavy and asleep, but I now know and trust it will do what it needs to do in order for me to walk on it.
Met with brain radiation Dr to talk about brain radiation to clean up area
Got kicked off my trail drug - had very mixed emotion about this
29th: I got my radiation mask made (link to pictures/video here)
30th: another MRI to "map the area" for radiation
Brain oncologist - he is sending in every last piece of sample tissue they have taken for over 250 other possible markers.
I have a feeling that this has something to due with hormones even though I am classified Triple Negative...this research will give us more insight to this
5th -7th: Brain 3 brain radiation treatments
15th: I am still recovering from surgery and radiation - I am tried but not exhausted which is nice.
Sept. 30, 2013
Had small seizure but it was determined NON cancerous
Had narcosis swelling - symptoms mimic those of tumor
Had narcosis swelling again. We were scheduled to go on cruise but had to cancel.
3 years of being cancer free in my body!!
18 months of being cancer free in my brain!
My white counts started dropping drastically. Dr. H took me off Xeloda to see if they would come back up...they didn't. She ordered a bone marrow biopsy to what was going on.
It came back positive as MDS or pre-leukemia.
Here was the problem with that, I HAD to get treatment for this or I had 18 ish months. Then, everyone was afraid the original breast cancer would come back.
It took Dr. H a few reach outs for her to find a bone marrow transplant doctor to do this...being Stage 4, have had 3 brain surgeries most of them did't want to touch me with a 10 foot pole. BUT she found Dr. Barryman in Dallas. We met, he said yes and we were off.
Next we had to find a donor match. This happened in record time...they found 4 PERFECT matches, and before I knew it I had the transplant date: October 30.
Today is January 1, 2017, I am home from the hospital and all my blood test are coming back great!