In 2008, I was taken to the ER for severe back pain which had been going on for quite some time. After a MRI they found it was cancer, but found it was coming from somewhere else. To make a long story short, breast cancer had spread to my bones and formed spots on my liver and lungs.
I was put in the hospital and put on morphine to control the pain until five days later when they decided to do surgery. They took out two vertebra L3L4 and put in two rods and six screws. I stayed in the hospital for six more days. I have done really well with my back for the past five years now. After recuperating I started with chemo. I had six treatments. I was so blessed to not be sick even though I did loose my hair. The chemo worked, it shrunk the tumor.
Then it was time for my mastectomy which was one of the hardest things for me during this journey. After that came 33 radiation treatments. I’ve been on a maintenance treatment ever since I finished chemo, first herceptin then a research drug called MM-111 that lasted for 22 months. I went in for infusion once every week. I then started having issues with my right hip/leg. After several test and different doctors, a MRI with contrast finally showed a tumor on my spine. It can’t be removed, so this past December I had 10 radiation treatments on my back which shrunk it some. I’m starting on a new treatment called Kadcyla. It’s an infusion every three weeks.
So the journey continues. My right leg is numb from my knee down to my foot. I have to be careful walking because it’s weak also. But I’m really trying to stay positive and have faith that God will bless me with more good years. I will continue to push forward with this fight.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.