Unfortunate Update: Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Unfortunate Update: Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis


In April of 2015 I shared what I thought
would be the hardest story of my life. It was my own story and my diagnosis of
breast cancer. I was wrong. This story is tougher. Some of you may have noticed
that I was pretty silent during October breast cancer awareness month, even
though my husband was raising money for the cause. It’s because I was so deeply
affected by the diagnosis and fight of several breast cancer warriors that I
personally know. Profoundly affected by them. So much so that I was having
intense anxiety before my six-month oncology checkup at the end of October. I
knew I was going to insist on some additional tests for some nagging neck,
back and underarm pain pain that I had previously reported to my physicians. And
doctors assured me that it was no big deal.
So I was fully prepared to throw a fit if I needed to and demand those tests. My
oncologist did order a bone scan which I had to fight with insurance to get. He
expected it to be clear. It was not. That bone scan showed at least three spots on
my spine and one on a rib. So I had a follow-up PET scan this week. PET scans
will light up cancer throughout the body. And my PET scan lit up far more than
those four initial spots. I am anxiously awaiting results of a
bone biopsy that will pinpoint and confirm the genetic makeup of my cancer.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “You can beat this.” Well, despite
my otherwise, other than this cancer thing, despite my other otherwise good
health, I’m sad to say that metastatic breast cancer is not curable.
There is some treatment and I’m hoping that my cancer is going to be the sort
that responds to that treatment. But I intend to get a second, a third or more
opinions if I need to to make sure that whatever treatment I get gives me the
very best chance, the most opportunity, the most time I have with my family. And
with advances in medicine, I mean who knows? I hope to be around for some time. It is for my children that I am posting
this now because they so desperately need to confide in their friends that
this is happening. And me putting this out there will give them that freedom to unburden
themselves. The hardest thing I’ve ever done is tell them this news. Look, I did
everything I could to prevent what’s happening to me now. I had a double
mastectomy. I removed more lymph nodes that I actually had to. I did chemo. I did
radiation. I took hormone blocking pills every single day. And somehow some hearty breast cancer cells survived in my body to spread. Breast cancer does not
discriminate. Not by age, not by race, not by socioeconomic status, not if you’re a
mother, not if you’re a daughter, a grandmother or somebody’s very best
friend. And sometimes bad things happen to good people. Look I’m always going to be an open book. I believe that knowledge is power. And so I will continue to share whatever I can do
to empower others and share information about living and dying pink. With
emphasis on the living.

19 comments

  1. I'm sending prayers and support/love from NC. God is still in the miracle business. You've been an inspiration to me through my battle, and may you know you're important to more people than you know. God bless you and take care.

  2. I am deeply saddened to hear your report. May your precious time ahead with your family and friends be rich with love and laughter and filled with memories to buoy their spirits and yours in moments of despair. Bless you, dear lady.

  3. That is so sad to hear. I just wish you as much time as it is possible with your beloved ones with no pain and no regrets. You are very strong sharing this on social media!

  4. What nutritional approach have you taken to this?
    I was just diagnosed with cancer and immediately went on a keto diet to see if it will stop any progression by starving it off sugar. No idea if that works but at least my diet is much cleaner and I'm ingesting a ton of what research says has anticancer properties. Just curious as to your approach?

  5. Hi Janet I would like to quickly tell you that I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer 3 years ago. I had surgery and chemo immediately The chemo caused the disease to progress in an epic fashion and I turned to alternative treatments because I was terrified. I am now seeing the cancer heal slowly!!!! It was in 26 spots in my body and now it is only in about 19 and I intend to make it regress further and further until I am NED. It is possible ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I use Gerson therapy, cannabis and high doses of IV vitamin c. It’s exhausting but it’s working ❤️❤️❤️ sending you love

  6. This video it's so cold. Are u realy reading from the paper?!!! It looks like a news on tv. Very annoying. I did not feel any sympathy what so ever.

  7. You are such a beautiful person and I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. I believe you will live many years and thrive …. Xxx

  8. I would seriously look into doing a prolonged fast of at least 20 days. Google Dr.Alan Goldhamer for more info on this. Hi
    I myself have had breast cancer and did not do treatments other than surgery and then all natural. I am doing extremely well. You have to be ruthless in attacking this disease. Sending you prayers and well wishes.

  9. I am a mom like teared up watching this. My friend Hollis Connor got diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer 3 years ago. After chemo didn’t help her, she now does many things to fight this and she is sharing what she learns. She is such an inspiration and she is doing fine! She has a YouTube channel too, maybe you want to check it out.

  10. I’m so sorry. Keep fighting. God is a healer. I’m a recent survivor. I’m always fearful that it has spread as well.

  11. Thank you for sharing your journey. I was diagnosed in September 2018. I’ve had 16 rounds of chemo, a bilateral mastectomy, and am halfway through 30 rounds of radiation. God bless you for helping those of us who have been diagnosed behind you.

  12. To everyone reading this please turn to Jesus He loves you and wants to save you from what you are going through, Only Jesus can truly heal you, He is the God of miracles, The bible tells us in Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, I seen God do amazing things in my life and in the lifes of people I know, God saved someone I love from illness leading to death, There is nothing impossible to God, Its as simple as asking Him to show you He is there and if you really want to know Jesus will answer you, I know this because it happened to me when I called out to God

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