I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductile breast cancer in 2008. I did everything possible – bilateral mastectomy, chemo and tamoxifen for 5 years. I had breast reconstruction but after having 4 sets of implants due to complications and 13 surgeries, I finally decided my body didn’t like the implants so I had a DIEP flap done.
When I made it to 8.5 years, I thought all was good, but then I started having swelling in my abdomen which was attributed to my DIEP flap, and severe pain in my left leg which was thought to be sciatica. After numerous doctors, including my oncologist, telling me it wasn’t cancer related, I finally convinced my primary care doctor to send me for a CAT scan. Two days before Christmas in 2016, I was diagnosed with metatstatic breast cancer which had metastisized to the liver and bone.
I began chemo, immune and bone therapy with Zometa in January 2017. Then in February 2017, while taking a shower, my left femur just broke in two without a fall taking place. No one was home and I laid on the shower floor for over an hour screaming until a neighbor called 911. It was the worse experience of my life. I had a titanium rod installed in my left femur and restarted my treatments. In May 2017, another lump was found under my arm so hormone therapy was also added to my treatment. Praise God, in Sept 2017 my CAT scans showed significant improvement and the plan is to stop the weekly chemo and continue with the immune, hormone and bone therapy with Zometa.
The goal is to have quality of life for my remaining years until a cure is found. I cannot continue to endure all this pain and weekly treatments without my faith in God. God has been with me every step of the way and has given me hope when I have none. This weekly treatment has been grueling and I have gone from a wheelchair in February, to a walker, to a cane.
I have always been a very active person and this has really been hard. I have learned to rely on God for absolutely everything, as simple things such as getting dressed are hard. My favorite verse is Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” And he has fought for me and I believe he will continue to fight for me!
God has also given me a wonderful son who is taking great care of me and an awesome sister who takes me every week for treatment and reminds me to hang on when I get down. We need a cure for this horrific disease! I don’t want to see any more women get diagnosed.