I’ve lived with metastatic breast cancer for over four years now. My CA-15-3 has always indicated when something was awry. It was 22.8 in December 2015. In June of 2016 it jumped to 169.8. For this reason we started checking my tumor markers monthly. I’ll share from that point on below:
July 2016 267.6 This is when we found brain mets.
August 2016 565.0
October 2016 694.0
November 2016 691.5
January 2017 167.0 This was after WBR/Cyber Knife.
February 2017 132.2
March 2017 159.2
April 2017 172.2
May 2017 183.0
We weren’t concerned with the first rise. It can happen for many reasons. After two more months of higher numbers we decided it’s time to do scans. I had a chest and abdomen CT Wednesday (results next week). I also have a brain MRI scheduled for the first week in June. It’s another wait and see! I have to tell you I Feel Good!! I go on that. It may sound strange but I don’t even worry about results anymore. I just get on with life until result day arrives. Life has been good to me lately! Wait until I share what I was blessed with this week (for those that don’t follow me on social media)!!!!!!! That will be my next post. Until then I’m sending you all love!!!!💕💕
Get out and make some memories!!!!!!
My latest scans showed progression to my ribs, spine and pelvis while I was on Ibrance. I have multiple new pelvic and femoral lesions. My spine has many new lesions (T5, T7, T8 and T12). The good news is there was no new growth in my organs and the tumor in my lung is 2 cm smaller. My tumor markers are also still dropping. I’m at 132 now!😀
I have a lot of pain in my hip. My oncologist was concerned and thought I may need a pin in my hip. He referred me to an orthopaedic oncologist, Dr.Gajewski, I loved him! He’s a great addition to my team. After x-rays and an exam he said no pin! The pain is muscle and nerve pain from my spine. I aggravate it by driving a five speed. I guess it’s time to get another car. He also said yoga will help. Time to start a yoga class!
As of February 8th I have lived with metastatic breast cancer for 4 years. Though I’m sure I had it years before I was diagnosed. I find it sad that I was told I didn’t need a mammogram until I was 40. I can’t help thinking at 35 I would have caught it before it spread. It is what it is. I’m thankful for the past four years. Even during treatment, my days have been filled with memories. I’ve had more time with my family. I’ve watched T.J. grow into a young man. So many special people have come into my life the past four years. I am so grateful. Let’s not forget….I became a glamma! I’m so in love with little Jaxon. He is perfect. In May I will be a glamma again! To a precious little girl. I hope she looks just like me!!😂
Living with metastatic breast cancer isn’t easy, but I’m living! That’s all that really matters. Get out and make some memories! I love you all!💕💕
Look at my new wig my sweet Javiee bought me. I love it! My hair is beginning to come back on the sides. The top is still bald. I call it a nohawk.
There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to tumor markers. My first oncologist tracked my markers and believed that they gave her an idea of how my treatments were working. My new oncologist doesn’t worry about them as much. I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones that can follow tumor markers. When taxol failed my tumor makers rose. We changed treatment and they dropped. The same goes with Femara. I went to Ibrance and my tumor markers climbed to 694 (CA 15-3) and 410 (CA 27-29). My markers have never been so high! We changed my treatment to Afinitor and they dropped. I’m at 189 now. That’s still not a good number. I want to see it under 30 again. For now I’m grateful to see such a big drop!
I’m scheduled for a new bone and pet scan the first week in February. I have a lot of pain in my lower spine and my neck. I know there was progression when I was on Ibrance. The question is how much. Back to waiting!
Until then I’ll keep taking my pain meds and enjoy some time with my Javiee (he’s off for a few weeks!). T.J. is keeping me busy with wrestling matches. I walk into a match with no energy and leave as the cheering mom. He’s doing really well. I won’t miss a match even if I have to drive an hour to get there. I’m just so thankful to be here to see him participate. There’s no way I would miss one!
Ok, one more story to share! My favorite Christmas song is The Christmas Shoes. I play it every Christmas. This year for Christmas Kori gave me Christmas shoes and had the song playing when I opened them. I cried and cried. It was a special Christmas full of special gifts but this one made my heart smile. I know this song will always make Kori think of me. Memories, the only thing that will outlive us! Get out and make some! I love you guys!!💕💕
I have to include a picture from Christmas!
The results from my CT and Bone Scan Came back clean! They show nothing! I can’t even begin to tell you how relieved I am! I was sick with worry. I don’t think there will ever be a time that having new scans done doesn’t stress me. The results are like a verdict to me. Am I gonna live or die this year? It’s horrible! People tell me to relax. We could all be hit by a car tomorrow. It’s true, we could. The difference for me is that I’m not standing on the side of the road. I’m standing right in the middle waiting for that car to hit me. It’s not an easy way to live! For now I am so thankful to have clean scans! This has been the hardest year of my life and it ends on Feb the 6th. I’m ready for my new year!
I’m almost two weeks post op from my final reconstruction surgery. I’m feeling good and so happy that I did it! I will do a blog post with pictures soon. I’ve been so stressed with tumor markers, scans and recovery that I just haven’t felt like doing it!
Here’s another reason for a happy dance! My little one was inducted to the National Honor Society this week. He did such a good job giving his speech! I’m so proud of him!