My diagnosis came after I had experienced ongoing back pain that became unbearable. After some tests it was discovered that I had a compression fracture of the 4th vertebrae caused by cancer cells. Additionally, I had a tumor on my spine that was adding to the pain of the fracture. They threw me in a back brace and started radiation treatments immediately.
People continue to ask me if I am still taking radiation treatments, but radiation is not a long term treatment. The radiologist carefully assess where they see cancer cells or tumors, they plot out a specific plan. When they talk to the patient, they have a calender they give you with the number of treatments you will receive and what dates the treatments will be given. Once your treatments are completed you’re done, they even give you a certificate of completion on your last day. I initially received 6 treatments to eradicate the cancer on my spine. About a month later my doctor asked the radiologist to do four more treatments on an area at the base of my skull that he was concerned about. So now I am finished with the radiation portion of my treatment.
Chemotherapy was started very soon after my diagnosis, my doctor did not want the cancer to have anymore time to grow unchecked. He decided on a two prong approach, once a month I would receive the drug Taxotere/Docetaxel intravenously (IV). Prong two, was the drug Xeloda which are pills that you take by mouth, twice a day for two weeks, then you get one week off. Before I started the medications I had to sit down with a physician assistant to explain the correct way to take them and what the side effects were. I’m going to leave you with a picture of me in the back brace.
He sent His word and healed me…Psalm 107:20