Chemo day

1st day of chemo done!  Today was a very long day for my sister, but for now it’s behind her.   Prior to getting chemo she gets anti nausea medication and steroids, the steroids have made her very jittery and really heightened her senses today.  The chemo itself last about an hour and forty-five minutes, this will go on every 2 weeks for a total of 4, then the next cycle will go on for 12 weeks.  Chemotherapy can reduce white blood cells which can weaken her immune system and put her at risk for infections.  To help boost her white blood cells she also has a Neulasta auto injector, the medication is delivered over 45 minutes approximately 27 hours after it is activated.

Tonight she is pretty tired and I hope she is able to rest and get a good nights sleep,  her body has been through quite a bit and needs time to recover, sweet dreams my sister, I love you!

Sunday afternoon

You go girl!

Another trip to Tucson, today my sister did her part in helping future breast cancer patients! My sister is participating in a trial research which required another biopsy.

The research is being conducted at Purdue University, they are using a form of light therapy that will detect how a specific tumor will respond to chemo drugs, this research will not change her treatment, but it may change the treatment of other women 5 years from now.

I really have to share something with you, through this journey my sister is truly facing her fears, I know when this all started she questioned whether or not she could fight this cancer. But with every doctor’s visit, biopsy, CT, US, MRI she has faced the procedure and conquered the fear!

The love, support, and prayers of family and friends and even complete strangers has been truly amazing, and we are eternally grateful.

Please continue with your prayers, she is pretty sore tonight, between the port and biopsy finding a comfortable position hasn’t been easy.

I am in total awe of my sister, she continues to be positive even in pain, and more importantly she continues to smile.

To learn more about the research go to www.anidyn.com

 

Hello

This blog is dedicated to my awesome sister Christina, and her courageous battle with cancer.  My sister is 45 years old, a beautiful wife to Sam who is a RN, wonderful mother to Maya and Sara, devoted daughter and the best sister anyone could be blessed with. Oh and I can’t forget Harley, my sister’s faithful four legged companion.

My sister has one of the hardest jobs out there as a full time mother and wife, and after our mom passed away, she and her family moved in with our dad to care for him also.  We just lost mom to pancreatic cancer less than two years ago and now my sister got her diagnosis.

Just to be clear, I am not a writer by any means, I am an RN so I will do my best not to get too clinical unless it is necessary to assist others.  I am just someone who loves her sister and wants to tell her story.  We have been blessed with loving family and friends who want to support in any way they can, and I thought this would be a good way to keep everyone informed of her progress and eventual triumph!

My hope is that by telling you my sister’s story, we can help others who have just been diagnosed or just be here to offer support.

My sister’s story starts in January of 2017; earlier in the month my sister found a lump in her breast. After a visit to her physician, a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy, on February 2nd she was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) Stage I Grade 3.

I simply can’t articulate how hearing that diagnosis felt. We were at a loss for words and feelings!! Just hearing the word cancer broke my heart, It has been less than two years since we lost mom to Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and, to be honest, I truly don’t think we have completely processed our feelings.

Despite our shock and heartbreak, Sam and I just jumped in and started making appointments-breast specialist, oncologist, every “ist” she will ever need. The past 22 days have been a roller coaster ride, as soon as we received the diagnosis we immediately made an appointment with a breast surgeon that came highly recommended.  During this visit he went over the pathology report and the treatment plan, her type of cancer- a triple negative- meaning the cancer will not respond to hormonal therapy.  The following week she met with the medical oncologist who spelled out the short and lomg term plan.

My sister will be starting chemotherapy next Tuesday, and in preparation, yesterday she had an electrocardiogram to make sure her cardiac function was good because chemotherapy can cause cardiac problems. She also had a port inserted for the chemotherapy agents.

IDC accounts for about 80% of all breast cancers.  It is the most common of breast cancers and it’s considered invasive when it has spread to the surrounding breast tissue.

My sister is faithful in performing her self-breast exams. I encourage all women to perform self-breast exams every month.  For more information on breast cancer go to www.breastcancer.org <http://www.breastcancer.org> .

 

Insertion of Port

Visit with the oncologist

After visiting with the oncologist a visit to Frost was in order!