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Fight Like A Girl!

To my friends and family: I need your help.

In November 2012 I found a lump and was encouraged by its painfulness. Everyone says cancer doesn’t hurt. However, in January 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every woman’s greatest fear. Dan and I were terrified. After switching doctors we felt comfortable with the doctors at Scripps and I had a double mastectomy. The doctor staged my cancer at stage 1 and I had four rounds of chemotherapy. When I lost my hair my friends and family followed suit and shaved their heads too. I loved being bald. It brought more people to me and I was able to spread awareness for this disease. After my first diagnosis I was able to tell my three children who were 12, 10 and 8 at the time that we would get through this and I would one day be cured by modern medicine and our faith in God. It was a tough time but we made it through as a family.

In January 2016 at the age of 43 I began getting headaches and just chalked them up to my advanced age! They would come and go and I treated them like a migraine. Then one day while shopping with two of my children the pain was so excruciating I fell to my knees. I knew then that I needed to get into my doctor. My oncologist immediately made an appointment with a migraine specialist and ordered a brain MRI. We received the results of the MRI and needless to say I never needed to keep my appointment with the migraine specialist. On March 16th 2016 I was diagnosed with stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer that had metastasized to my brain. I’ll never forget that day. With my husband by my side we wept tears of pure heart ache together. How could that be…. How could I leave this world. My babies…..

After gaining some composure we had to tell our children. However, this time around when the kids asked us if I would be cured we had to tell them no. There is no cure yet. People often ask what my prognosis is, my answer to them would be I’m going to “fight like a girl”. In my heart I know I’m not going to give up on research and I’m keeping my faith.

With this new diagnosis my husband immediately went into fix it mode and we visited countless medical facilities trying to find and research the best medicine has to offer. During this process I have had 15 treatments of radiation to my brain and currently take an immunotherapy drug, intravenously, every three weeks. I feel so blessed to have been introduced to the amazing doctors at UCSD who have experience with immunotherapy. My immunotherapy is an off label drug called Keytruda and I qualified to receive it for free from Merck Pharmaceuticals.

Please join my family and I as we dedicate October 23rd my beautiful nieces birthday as the day we have set aside as our fundraising event. Only 2% of funds raised for breast cancer research goes to metastatic breast cancer research. Donating to METAvivor ensures that 100% of our donations go to metastatic breast cancer research. We NEED to find a cure and I need your help.

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