Anna

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"I continued to do as much as I can on days when I can. May the good Lord continue to carry me through this journey."

I began my cancer journey in 1976 with symptoms that didn’t make sense to me, my primary care physician or my  gynecologist. It wasn’t until May 1977 when a diagnosis began to form in the GYN office… a positive PAP Test was followed by the comment, “You’re too young for this!” More tests, another consult with my PCP and a change of gynecologists led to a life saving surgery in September 1977.

Fast forward forty (40!) years, with several other bouts of cancer in-between. Thanksgiving 2014, I was once again thinking I had some weird symptoms that were not adding up. By Christmas, I began losing weight and the idea of another bout of cancer began. In January, due to bad weather, I put off going to the doctor. After seeing my PCP for an annual check-up that showed nothing, I made an appointment with myr oncologist/hematologist. Blood work was done confirming metastatic breast cancer on March 3, 2015.

Bone scan, P.E.T. Scan, and an MRI all showed the presence of mets in ribs front and back, hips, etc. Following the scan results, more blood work was done and the numbers had tripled. After a shot/treatment, and another blood work with a result – tripled numbers [again]!

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Several treatment options were discussed. The treatment was switched to Ibrance and Letrozol. Almost immediately, my numbers stabilized and began to drop! After several months of treatment, a new pain was felt. The gallbladder, apparently [had developed] numerous large gallstones and become painful. Upon removal of the gallbladder, it was found to be full of cancer, but it was gone from that spot! My numbers stayed steady in March, April and May, however, in June they grew a few points, July a few more points, then August, a repeat of growth. Yet, the PET SCAN showed less overall cancer.

And so the roller coaster of MBC continues. In the meantime, I live “normally” with constant doctors visits, a lymphedema flare that had not been present since 2010, and on a wing and a prayer that I live another ten years or so.

I continued to do as much as I can on days when I can. May the good Lord continue to carry me through this journey.