Wednesday October 5, 2014

“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!

4 thoughts on “Wednesday October 5, 2014

  1. WAhooooooo!!! This update has literally brought tears to my eyes, Jess!!! Your story takes a place in all of our hearts and I hope you comprehend what you have done for people who never thought they were strong enough. You my dear, sweet girl have shown us all what strength,courage and determination is. You come to our minds when we hear of people fighting for their life, fighting for their children, husband, family and friends. This update is so incredibly amazing! I knew in my heart that all this work you have done this past year had to lead to a positive outcome! I am so proud of you!!! You are fighting ladybug!!! Keep going!!!! You amaze me!!!
    Xoxo
    Amy T.

  2. Im in tears.,,,so happy for you and your family…you fought the fight…mentally and physically. …and prevailed…God Bless…what an example you’ve set for everyone to overcome what life hands us…thank you. Xxoo.

  3. Heck yea!! You keep fighting and don’t give up. God is so amazingly good!!

    Your story is a true inspiration for others going through the same struggle.

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