You would think by now I wouldn’t be shocked!

Since 2008, I have been stalked and assaulted by breast cancer. I’ve had numerous tests, procedures and surgeries. I have lost my hair twice, suffer everyday with numbing pain in my hands and feet. I am tired most of the time. This is the new normal. But hey, I’m still here, I can work, enjoy life, make a contribution to society.  The cancer has been reduced and stable in my bones and liver, Yeah!

Last week, after more testing, I got a diagnosis that threatens my new normal life. The cancer has invaded my brain and I must undergo whole brain radiation. I was in shock! I did not see that coming.  The type of tumor is called Leptomeningeal Metastases http://www.brainmetsbc.org/index.php?q=node/44 The radiation treatments can cause damage to my thinking, personality and memory. That bothers me more than the thought of dying. I cannot stand the thought of not being independent, being able to read, write and think clearly. The way the radiologist explained it, my brain could age 5 years in 5 months. At that point, I lost it and started to cry.

So I have started undergoing 10 radiation treatments that take about 15 minutes each. I get to wear this lovely custom-made mask on my face to keep my head in place while I lay down on a table. And..for the third time I get to be bald again!  2016-07-06 08.55.50

Because of your thoughts, well wishes and prayers, I have been a miracle survivor, and I am praying that I continue to enjoy miraculous healing and freedom from treatment side effects.

Lynne

 

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In Honor of Chantel

I participated in the annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk in St. Charles this morning. I missedWalk 2015 last year because I was in the hospital, I can’t even remember why, just another METS related episode.

This year I won’t forget though, I’ll remember the walk, I’ll remember the sight of the water under the bridge I walked over. I’ll remember the warmth of the sun and the friends I was walked with. I’ll remember this year because yesterday I got the call. My college roommate called to tell me that one of our sorority sisters had passed on. Her name is Chantel and she had METS.

As I walk I recall her many roles in life. She was a daughter, a wife, a mother, a friend, an artist and an educator and probably, many more roles I didn’t know about. I know she was an encourager and supporter of others, I know that first hand. Now she has another role, now she is part of that great cloud of witnesses that surrounds her fellow believers in Christ. As I continue to walk through METS, I’ll remember. Thanks Chantel.Chantel

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Why some women with breast cancer dread October

October is for celebrating, but for some of us, the battle continues…
we must not forget to fund research for Stage IV breast cancer.

Walking thru METS

The pink ribbons, pink T-shirts, pink carnations, a pink bra sculpture — there’s pink seemingly everywhere, promoting mammograms, raising funds and celebrating survivors in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month .

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Why some women with breast cancer dread October

The pink ribbons, pink T-shirts, pink carnations, a pink bra sculpture — there’s pink seemingly everywhere, promoting mammograms, raising funds and celebrating survivors in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month .

Source: Why some women with breast cancer dread October

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31 Facts about Metastatic Breast Cancer Day 1- 5

I decided just now to do this as a daily post, I’m catching up. We need more research dedicated to finding a cure for this type of breast cancer.

*1. What is Metastatic Breast Cancer? (pronounced as Met-a-STA-tic)
MBC also known as Stage IV is cancer that has spread outside of the breast to other organs such as bones, liver, lung or brain. This process is called metastasis.(pronounced as Me-TAS-ta-sis)
2. What happens when breast cancer spreads?
Breast cancer that spreads to another organ, such as bones or liver, is still breast cancer and does not become bone cancer or liver cancer. Under a microscope, the tumor cells will still look and act like breast cancer and will be treated as breast cancer.
3. Who gets metastatic breast cancer?
No one brings metastatic disease on themselves. The sad truth is that anyone who has had an earlier stage of breast cancer can have a metastatic recurrence and some women have metastatic disease on their initial diagnosis of cancer–despite mammograms and early detection!
4. Why does Cancer metastasize? (pronounced as Me-TAS-ta-size)
Researchers can’t predict who will get metastatic disease, but they’re working on the answers. Early detection is important, but it is not a cure and does not guarantee MBC will not occur in the future.
5. What are the statistics on incidence of metastatic breast cancer?
Approximately 20-30% of patients with an early stage cancer will have their cancer return as metastatic, even if they were told their early stage cancer had been “cured.” Another 8% of new breast cancer cases are found to be metastatic at their initial diagnosis.

*Facts reprinted from http://mbcn.org/

My adopted children all grown up!

The Mucci's visiting me at Alden. It was a big surprise and a I was so touched by their presence.

The Mucci’s visiting me at Alden. It was a big surprise and a I was so touched by their presence.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I have much to celebrate this October. Last year at this time I was in a rehab center, not eating, weak and unable to walk on my own. This year I am back to work, overeating, much stronger, and walking without assistance.

I want to thank all of my family, friends, and co-workers for your prayers, tangible support and good thoughts that brought me through. I believe God works through people, and I know He worked through you. I love you all.

Lynne

Prayer Shawl presented to me by the Janet, Cathie and Emma.

Prayer Shawl presented to me by the Janet, Cathie and Emma.

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Just the facts Mam!

Before I continue with my personal story, I wanted you to get some facts on Metastatic Breast disease. Please watch this video. If you want more facts and stats please visit the sites listed on the Info and Research links located on the right of the page.

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