Mar 20, 2014 - 5:07 pm
Just wanted to wave hello and introduce myself. My name is Dawn, I'm a stay at home wife and mom. I've been married to my husband for 28 years this August. We have one beautiful daughter, 24 who has spina bifida and lives at home with us. We share our lives with two dogs, one cat and one horse. And now at the age of 48, I find myself with cancer for a second time in my life
I was originally diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2005. I had a hysterectomy and because the cancer hadn’t advanced to 50 % or greater through the wall, I wasn't given chemo, radiation or meds. So we scheduled this around my 40th birthday and followed up with twice a year paps, which always came back clean. I thought I was very lucky.
Last September, (Labor day weekend) that luck changed. I had a sore throat off and on for the past three weeks. I was taking aspirin for it and was planning on seeing my doctor that week. That morning I had an overwhelming need to cough up phlegm. I bought up blood with the phlegm, (sorry if that TMI). Well a trip to stat care and I was told I either had a blood clot in my lung or cancer. I sat there hoping for option C or at least a little more tact from this doc. An x-ray latter I was told it was cancer, that nodules had been found in my lungs.
Cat scans, pet scan and a biopsy later it was confirmed that the uterine cancer I thought was gone had metastasized into both my lungs. The port was placed and I started chemo treatment of carboplatin and taxol in October. Family and friends stepped up and helped with housework, take my daughter and I to our doctor appointments, and lots of moral support. The biggest help came from my husband, daughter, my best friend and my parents, and they havent quit yet .
I had my last chemo treatment Feb 14th . My tumors did responded and have shrunk considerably but are not gone yet. So now I am taking megestrol and tamoxifen, alternating each every three weeks. Then we will do a cat scan in three months and see what effect they had on the tumors.
I have to admit, I dont have a “warm and cozy” feeling about the side effects from these meds but on the upside, my strength is slowly returning since being off chemo. I'm able to to light housework, climb the basement stairs, go to the grocery store, cook meals and brush out my horse without breathing to heavy these days. I still wear down and walk slowly because my legs are still on the weak side, but it getting better each day. I'm learning more each day how diet can make a difference and making small changes to help my body fight this. The latest is a juicer, one that emulsifies the entire fruit of veggie.
Well I'd say that’s enough about me. Looking forward to meeting and sharing with you all.