“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” -Audrey Hepburn
I would like to thank everyone who took the time to raise awareness and show support during breast cancer awareness month. Everywhere I looked, I saw pink!
Here’s a quick snapshot of my recent scans:
Lungs – Bilateral pleural effusions are gone
Liver – no visible tumors
Kidneys – normal
Bones – No active tumors
Brain – no tumors
(I’ve got some issues going on with my heart, it’s chemo side effect related)
As you can imagine, this is just unbelievable right now. I have been on chemotherapy for over a year and busting my butt to make sure I take care of myself and my immune system to keep this bastard at bay. I’ve done it, I have succeeded and I still can’t believe it. I wish I could really make you understand how this feels. I didn’t have a very good prognosis last summer. Cancer had taken over my body. At that time, cancer had also taken over a good part of my mind. I found the strength inside of me that I didn’t even know existed and I fought so hard. I fought for my kids. I fought for my husband. I fought for my family. I fought for my friends. I fought for the people on the sidelines. I fought for everyone battling their own battle. I just kept fighting.
I’m not in the red right now.
I have hair on my head.
Now, I have Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. I still have a tumor in my right breast, that is 4 cm smaller than it was originally. I have estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and HER2 positive cancer. I have a very aggressive cancer. I will never be cured and I will never beat it. But, what I have done in this past year, is a miracle. For every person reading this, I can’t thank you enough for all the love and support and especially all the prayers and positive thoughts. You have all made my miracle come true!
I meet with my oncologists on Monday to discuss things further. I was told yesterday that, most likely, I will not be having surgery anytime soon. The exact phrase was “it would be detrimental to my health”. This is because I still need treatment every 3 weeks to survive and if I were to miss a couple infusions because of surgery and recovery, things could go downhill very quickly. Given the chance, my cancer would spread like wildfire. Obviously, I will know more about what is going on after Monday. I am having chemo on Monday as well 🙂
I HAVE NEVER LET CANCER DEFINE ME AND I DON’T PLAN ON IT ANYTIME SOON.
I just wanted to give a quick update on my scans, I plan on writing more this week about everything else that has been going.
Thank you, I love you and be well!