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Kelly’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Chondrosarcoma)

Kelly's Story (Chondrosarcoma)My name is Kelly and I am a wife, mother, and Air National Guardsman living up here in Watertown, NY. Back in November 2013, I went to Urgent Care because I was having pain in my abdomen so they did an abdominal x-ray. The reason for the pain eventually resolved itself, but the x-ray picked up something weird on the ischium of my pelvis, so started the journey of going to different doctors to find out what it was.

Originally they felt it may be benign, but a visit to a specialist in Syracuse found the truth. I have what is called chondrosarcoma, which is a rare bone cancer. That’s the worst of the news. The rest is more promising. It is low grade, it is highly treatable, and all the scans I have had show that it only affects the one bone. There is a chance that I have had this for a long time as it is non-aggressive and slow growing. After treatment, there is very little re-occurrence and the prognosis is excellent.

My surgery is scheduled for May 27th. Treatment involves surgical removal of the affected bone as chemo and radiation are ineffective for this type of tumor. There is no plan to rebuild the area as the risk of infection and rejection far outweigh the benefits. This also gets me on my feet sooner as they plan to have be up and walking the next day. I will be in the hospital about three to five days and then home to recover for six weeks. After that, there will be some work to do to get back to a new normal as my right leg will be weak.

I believe in having a positive attitude when you handle rough times. I believe that you have to be strong and put on your fighting armor to move forward so I use the tried and true armor of keeping a brave face and humor to get me through, but what I found is that it can be exhausting to keep the face.

The truth is that sometimes cancer makes you admit that you are scared, but what matters now is my resolve to fight this and to come out the other end like a true bad ass, like a proper representation of the name my parents gave me….

Kelly, Gaelic for Warrior.

Kelly
New York
Submitted 05/17/2014

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 article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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