At the age of 48, in early July I felt a lump in my right breast and made an appointment with my primary Dr. Very quickly, I sent to mamograms, sonograms, Cat Scans, PET Scans, and a battery of other tests alone with biopsies. On August 17, 2008 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 CA and a month later had a right mastectomy. This followed 8 months of IV Chemotherapy and many dr appointments. It went well, I did well, following the suggestions from ACS and other CA networks. I lost all my hair, my nails pigment turned dark grey and my skin got dry. I was nauseaus and fatigued, but I pressed on. A year later to the date, I went to see about reconstruction surgery.
I'm 57 - survivor of thyroid cancer and breast cancer. I'm looking for friends to talk with.
Well, not really sure where to start...
My name is Katie, I am married to James and I have three children. My children keep me going...having three teenagers (18, 15 & 13) is always an adventure. I recently survived breast "pre" cancer during which I had many surgeries due to MRSA twice. Things were finally going well other than I have just not been able to have any energy and I had begun to have really bad pain that felt like it was my bones. My ob/gyn sent me to Dr. McCall in Endocronolgy and he started doing blood work and he is the one who found my Multiple Myeloma. He was sending me to oncology/hematology at H'burg Clinic but after speaking to a friend of mine who also has this cancer I chose to go to the University of Arkansas Multiple Myeloma Institute. I really feel like that is where God wanted me to go.
In early March this year my friend found me on the floor next to my bed.
I awoke when he called my name and told me I didn't look well as my face was drooped on the left and i wasn't using my left arm.
The funny thing is that you don't realize those things because there is no reference point. Called the ambulance and told me as we left that when someone leaves by ambulance it is known as The Cecil County Blue Light Special, like K mart there is notice when people that know you are in a bad situation and take advantage of it by removing your property etc...
Fortunately that wasn't my case and it is one of those urban legends that negative people cllng to.