Cancer is becoming an all to familiar name in many households, my friend Kim was diagnosed with Invasive Ductile Carcinoma with Bone and Liver Metastases. I am both humbled and honored to be able to follow and support her through her journey in battling this disease, through pictures we hope that we can inspire others and give them the strength they need during their own personal fight. I continue to be amazed at the strength that Kim shows from day to day as I have watched her go through numerous tests and treatments. She has stood with grace and dignity when most would crumble, she has looked fear in the eyes, held her head high and walked into this fight head on. Through this blog she has opened herself up...even when she wasn't feeling good, or feeling pretty....when she was sad or terrified....tired and sick....she has put herself out there in hopes of helping others who have been diagnosed with Cancer. She is selfless, she is strong, she is courageous, she is beautiful...I am proud to call her my friend. This is her journey............
"I want everyone to know with a positive attitude you can overcome. I know this is a life long struggle. I will get maintenance chemo forever but I will NEVER give up. I believe I was sent on this journey for reason I haven't exactly found .
Prayers to my fellow warriors and their families. Keep positive and strong ." ~Kim
In September of 2014 Kim was having some serious neck pain and could hardly pick her head up off of the pillow, she did not see a doctor at that time because her father was in the end stages of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Unfortunately Kim lost her father on October 5th, 2014. A couple days after the death of her father Kim was experiencing sharp pains in her left breast and it was at that time that she found a lump. She believes that her father was sending her a message, that is when her journey began. In November of 2014 Kim saw her primary doctor who sent her for a mammogram and and ultra sound. The pictures from those tests looked suspicious so on December 15th, 2014 Kim underwent a biopsy on the lump that she had found in her breast. On December 18th, 2014 the surgeon called Kim and told her that the lump was indeed cancerous and would have to be removed. On December 22nd, 2014 Kim had a lumpectomy, 7 lymph nodes were tested and only primary ones had cancer cells so the doctors didn't believe that the cancer had spread. Kim was still experiencing neck pain and was send for X-rays as well as a nuclear bone scan. The results of these tests showed lesions on her spine, left femur and pelvic bone. A PET scan sowed that her cancer had metastasized, Kim went from a stage 2 to a stage 4 as well as HER2 positive with one test. Over the next several months Kim went through aggressive treatment including radiation, Herceptin, XGEVA and Femara Pills. In July of 2015 Kim had another PET scan done which showed lower activity levels in the lesions, another PET scan was done in September of 2015 which showed lesions on her liver and more on her pelvic area. At this time Kim's doctors added Perjeta and Taxotere to her Herceptin, dropped the Femara pills and replaced those with Faslodex. shots. On December 22nd, 2015 Kim had her most recent PET scan, on December 23rd, 2015 she received a call from her nurse with her results...the PET scan showed no evidence of cancerous activity.
"I can't fix all your problems, but I can promise you won't face them all alone!
I'll always be here for you...."