My name is Marcia Wearing. I was diagnosed in 1984 with stage four bone cancer (osteosarcoma). I was given a 50/50 survival rate. I was 18 years old at the time, and had dreams of becoming a dancer. I put my career on hold and began a regiment of chemotherapy. I went once a month for chemo treatments, and bone scans. The three different medicines that I took did not shrink the tumor in three months. I went in for surgery to remove the tumor that had not shrunk, but was growing, Due to the severity of the disease I ended up losing my right leg.
I became very bitter, blaming everyone, and not seeing that no one was to blame. I thought I had done something wrong to have this happen to me. I began doubting I would every see let alone stand on a dance floor.The doctors told me that they had one more drug and if the chemo does not work they could nothing for me. I took my last chemo treatment and took an experiment drug that was not for bone cancer, it was for another type of cancer. I had to go back to the hospital two days later to have a bone scan to see if the cancer had responded to the chemo.
I had my miracle, it was gone, no signs of any tumors. Not many people get a second chance, so I took full advantage of my new life. I went to college for criminology with a minor in creative dance. I had been taught how to dance in a wheelchair. The pain went away, and I began to laugh again. I felt so wonderful on that dance floor. I stayed and graduated with a degree in creative dance. I remained cancer free for 29 years and then the nightmare came again. In 2011, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I had to have radiation and a lumpectomy. I have been in remission for two years. I thank God for all of the years I have been given. I am proud of my scars, it is something that tried to kill me. I won, those are my battle scars, and I wear them proudly.
LIVE FOR TODAY, LEARN FROM YESTERDAY, HOPE FOR TOMORROW. LET US PLEASE PRAY FOR A CURE. THANKS FOR LETTING ME TELL MY STORY.
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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.
Your story is amazing! Both bone cancer and breast cancer is unbelievable and you survived both and ended up dong what you wanted to do. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story.
Great story Marcia. It’s beautiful to see a battle won like this.
I have a niece with osteosarcoma. She went through cirurgy twice and new focuses are appearing in her legs. She went through chemo, but it didn’t help much.
Could you share the name of the experimental treatment you took when you were fighting your osteosarcoma? I want to give it a look and a chance.