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Cancer Again: Three To Five Years To Live

Cancer Again: Three To Five Years To Live

If I keep it at bay, I buy time. I sure never saw this coming.

BY FRANCHESCA STEVENS

On the way home from my doctor’s appointment, I saw this beautiful rainbow ahead of me. I took that as a positive sign from God that I will be okay.

Today, my new medical oncologist told me that in light of the fact that I have stage IV breast cancer, I probably have three to five years left to live. Of course she added that no one can tell for sure.

My daughter started to cry when she heard. She came to the appointment with me. I have switched doctors because I believe this one has more resources at her disposal.

Besides, my original oncologist told me she believes cancer is probably my punishment for doing something bad in my life. When I asked her how to explain children with cancer, she said they probably had done something bad in a past life. Whew. Heavy, huh?

So, it’s confirmed. I now have stage IV breast cancer because the cancer has spread to my bones. I think I am now going to give up meat and change my diet along with taking the conventional meds for this.

I just can’t believe that this is happening. I don’t feel sick at all. Well, the radiation did take care of my back pain, which has now been traced to several tumors in my spine. But other than that, I feel fine.

The last couple of years have been a real ride. Having my car stolen THREE times, getting cancer twice, being out of work, filing for bankruptcy, spending a week in the hospital starting two days after I finished my chemo last May due to a kidney infection, E. coli, and fluid in my lungs, being a hostage in a deadly coin store robbery.

Have I missed anything? Ha ha. It’s almost too horrible to consider. That’s why I jumped at the chance to see the rainbow. It was a good thing rather than a bad thing. I think you understand…

What’s next?

Another round of blood work in two weeks and starting to take what some have described as an oral chemotherapy, Ibrance. The goal now is to keep the cancer from multiplying and spreading.

If I keep it at bay, I buy time. I sure never saw all this coming. Cancer is hardly in my family. The breast cancer diagnosis in December 2015 came out of the blue. I felt something and went to my family doctor and it all took off from there.

I always say that the one good thing about all this is the incredibly nice people I have met along the way. And I know things could be much worse. I am just hoping for the best.

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  • Robert Duran
    July 25, 2017, 4:09 am

    Try the NM medical cannabis program. Fight!

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  • Marie Ludi
    July 25, 2017, 6:56 pm

    You go girl — I believe you will win!

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