I am director of the UC Davis Cancer Center Outreach Research & Education Program and a cervical cancer survivor. I am also an assistant adjunct professor in the UC Davis School of Medicine and teach fourth year medical students about the cancer process, from prevention, disparities to diagnosis, treatment, palliative/hospice care, and survivorship. I do community-based research with a number of populations and am interested in the cultural barriers to screening, genetic risks for specific populations, and the unique needs of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
I was diagnosed with Crohns and U.C. in 1991. It was very severe and I had to have a resection of my colon done to remove the worst part. My doctor wanted to do yet another colonoscopy - which I didn't want to do - but he would not renew my meds if I didn't. I often think there was some type of devine intervention there because he called me on January 13th (yes, it was a Friday too) to tell me he found pre-cancer cells in the test.
I had surgery on February 28, 2006 to remove the remainder of my colon and rectum -the doctor told me later that I was at stage II. I was lucky enough to have no chemo as it had not gotten outside of my colon, but I live with a permanent ileostomy. I hated the bag at first but now it is a badge of my life and survival.
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.