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    Yesterday was my five year anniversary

    I haven't been on the forum for quite some time as we have been consumed by health issues of a family member. I have been blessed by a very good outcome of my surgery at age 66 by Dr. Lenke. Other than muscles that tighten up around my left scapula when I lie down at night, I have had an uneventful recovery for which I am very thankful. I was supposed to see Dr. Lenke this past week for my five year check but I cancelled that appointment as June 1 I was diagnosed with stage 4 HER2 positive breast cancer. I had my yearly routine mammogram and something of concern showed up which led to several biopsies and my diagnosis. This all came from a half inch sized lump that I nor any doctor could feel. I was able to quickly get an appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and after several biopsies, it was determined that the cancer had very quickly spread to many bones (including my spine) and I have eight tumors in my liver. All are HER2 positive breast cancer. They came up with my treatment plan and I have completed two of six chemo treatments locally and will be getting two targeted IV drugs, Herceptin and Perjeta every three weeks for life. I will return to Houston at the end of September for a repeat bone scan and a CT scan.
    Inspite of this very serious diagnosis, I am at complete peace because there are many people praying for me. I was sorry not to be able to see Dr. Lenke one last time but am very thankful to have a pain free back.
    I am also very thankful for all I have learned on this forum over the past several years.
    Jane

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    Hi Jane,

    Quote Originally Posted by jane d View Post
    I haven't been on the forum for quite some time as we have been consumed by health issues of a family member. I have been blessed by a very good outcome of my surgery at age 66 by Dr. Lenke. Other than muscles that tighten up around my left scapula when I lie down at night, I have had an uneventful recovery for which I am very thankful. I was supposed to see Dr. Lenke this past week for my five year check but I cancelled that appointment as June 1 I was diagnosed with stage 4 HER2 positive breast cancer. I had my yearly routine mammogram and something of concern showed up which led to several biopsies and my diagnosis. This all came from a half inch sized lump that I nor any doctor could feel. I was able to quickly get an appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and after several biopsies, it was determined that the cancer had very quickly spread to many bones (including my spine) and I have eight tumors in my liver. All are HER2 positive breast cancer. They came up with my treatment plan and I have completed two of six chemo treatments locally and will be getting two targeted IV drugs, Herceptin and Perjeta every three weeks for life. I will return to Houston at the end of September for a repeat bone scan and a CT scan.
    Inspite of this very serious diagnosis, I am at complete peace because there are many people praying for me. I was sorry not to be able to see Dr. Lenke one last time but am very thankful to have a pain free back.
    I am also very thankful for all I have learned on this forum over the past several years.
    Jane


    I am so very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I will be lifting you up in prayer every day. I will pray for a miracle for you. Blessings from Texas. Hugs, Sheryl

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    Thank you so much Sheryl! That means a lot to me.
    Jane

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    Jane, Face the breast cancer like you did your spinal surgery. Sending prayers and hugs to beat this!
    Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 in 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal surgery for Spinal Cord Injury at T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone + prayer

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    Thank you Susan. You have been through so much yourself. I have prayed for you
    over the years although I didn't tell you. I am fighting this for sure. I have my third chemo this
    Thursday and then I will be halfway through the chemo with Perjeta and Herceptin
    every three weeks after that. I'm not giving up.
    Jane

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    Quote Originally Posted by jane d View Post
    Thank you Susan. You have been through so much yourself. I have prayed for you
    over the years although I didn't tell you. I am fighting this for sure. I have my third chemo this
    Thursday and then I will be halfway through the chemo with Perjeta and Herceptin
    every three weeks after that. I'm not giving up.
    Jane
    Jane, in my prior life, I was a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner and women's health researcher. In my 23 years in practice, I had a little over 50 patients with breast cancer....now, that's a long list at the Komen event! Only 2 of them died.

    I will not quote this perfectly, but:

    "You cannot choose the cards that you are dealt,
    But you have a responsibility to play the hell out of the cards that you are holding".
    Cheryl Strayed

    Hugs to you. You can do this. Sending healing thoughts and prayers for recovery,
    Susan

    And thanks for your thoughtfulness in praying for me. I always wondered who was pulling for me with the Big Guy.
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 in 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal surgery for Spinal Cord Injury at T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone + prayer

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    Jane, Stay Positive!!

    Jane,
    I'm new on the forum and just wanted to reach out to you and tell you to believe. My daughter had stage 4 brain cancer and they told us if we get it that it will never come back but that "IF" was a big chore. They did a few really treatments including "Intensive chemo and stem cell transplant". It has now been 5 years. She got married a little over a year ago and is now going through fertility treatments as there was no time to harvest eggs prior to treatment. All good.
    Stay positive and be kind to yourself. It sounds like you are already a fighter having gone through scoliosis surgery so you know you can do it!!! I am hoping to get this done this fall. The stress of waiting is exhausting and stressful!!!

    Prayers and good thoughts to you~

    Jenson
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