I was originally diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer HER2+ de novo to both breasts, hip, T2 of my spine and liver in 2014…at the age 38.
I did six rounds of Chemo Therapy+Herceptin+Perjeta which seemed to work; I was declared No Evidence of Disease (NED) from the neck down. That is until the little buggers reared their ugly cancerous lesions/tumors again in 2016 , at the age 41, when I received my 2nd diagnosis of Stage IV Metastatic HER2+ Breast Cancer with Brain Metastasis. So far I’m still NED from the neck down. From the neck up… well, that’s a different story.
2016 was not a good year for me because of my second MBC diagnosis. I had:
1) a craniotomy
2) went on a clinical trial which failed after four months
3) have done Whole Brain Radiation Therapy (WBRT)
4) was taken off Perjeta
5) was doing only Herceptin until my second opinion breast cancer oncologist switched me to Kadcyla before the 2016 holidays
6) Finished my eighth session of SRS Radiation booster the afternoon of 2.2.2017 to kick-start these buggers into shrinking or dying – preferably dying – I want them to go away!
I feel like I’m a young wife; I was been able to celebrate my seventh wedding anniversary in May. I’m a young mom with a mini-princess who turned 5 in December 2016. I should be looking forward to celebrating my 43rd birthday in May, along with celebrating Mother’s Day and my eighth wedding anniversary to my best friend!
My goal is to be around for my husband and daughter but reality wants to tell me otherwise. I’m not buying it! We have an amazingly fun life and I want to continue on that road!!
I know I don’t have control over this disease but I will keep charging ahead and pushing for more treatment options, more drugs approved and/or fast-tracked by the FDA, and more lives saved.
Live, laugh and love – that’s our family motto and I’m sticking to it! I will live every day I have on this earth to the fullest and every day will be well into the future! ❤️