Kendall's Breast Cancer Care
Kendall is also pregnant with her second baby. She and her husband David will celebrate their son Camden's second birthday mid January, and are hopeful they will be able to take this pregnancy to full term. She will start chemotherapy in the next week and has been assured is ok to do during pregnancy.
David and Kendall are staying positive and are ready to fight, but we humbly ask for your help.
Donations will help cover the cost of medications and treatments not covered by insurance and will help to enable their family to be together in Seattle during treatments.
The Moyle, Schumacher, Allen and Butler families
After experiencing consistent pain in my right cheekbone, I alarmed my care team and received an immediate Brain MRI the day after Christmas. The news was not good. A tumor had started growing in my cheek bone and was now invading the soft tissue of my cheek. I was in a lot of pain and immediately referred to a radiation oncologist at UW who specialized in tumors of the cranium, brain and spine. I also had additional imaging done that indicated the cancer had now spread to my bones, both lungs and several lymph nodes throughout my body. I started immediate radiation therapy to my face and just completed this treatment on Thursday. Although I’m extremely swollen, my pain is less and I’m feeling better everyday. I almost feel like I’m in the twilight zone where the doctors are showing me pictures of the cancer in my body, but I keep thinking, “that can’t be me, I don’t feel sick!”
The question I keep getting is, “How does this happen? You have Breast Cancer.” Well, we’ve known from day one that I had a very aggressive subtype of breast cancer, called Triple Negative, where there are few targeted or effective treatment options compared to other types of breast cancer. We knew mine was particularly aggressive since my tumor continued to grow through 5 different chemotherapy drugs. This is not a typical response to chemo, but we know now that I have several mutations that seem to be chemo resistant.
Because of this, I had continued treatment at the hopes of preventing a reoccurrence. Cancer cells from my breast were shed into my bloodstream and are now taking root in other areas of my body. This is now called Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer and it is terminal. There is no cure for me. Because of the few effective treatment options available, the average life expectancy is 13 months. Living beyond 2 years is actually considered pretty remarkable for Metastatic TNBC. We are completely heartbroken by this news and have spent the last few weeks devastated, sad, angry...but getting back to hopeful.
We are determined to not sit in this sadness any longer and intend on spending the rest of our time together enjoying our beautiful life with our amazing little boys. Through the tears, there has also been a lot of love, joy, and laughter and an overall deep appreciation of each other and our boys, as well as our family and friends. We know we are so loved and thank you all for that!!
I have access to and will continue to receive some of the best treatment options available for TNBC through UW’s Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Research Center. I hope to extend my journey as long as possible and fight as hard as I can. I am currently receiving Keytruda, an immunotherapy drug, that has had some success at stabilizing metastasis in TNBC. It is too soon to tell, but we are hoping it is doing its job. I am also on standby to enroll in one of the most fascinating and promising trials for Stage 4 TNBC in the nation, called CAR-T Cell Therapy. CAR-T Cell Therapy has shown extreme success with blood cancers. The trial is now expanded to TNBC solid tumors. It is the only one of its kind in the nation, and I am extremely fortunate that it is based in Seattle and that my oncologist is heading the trial. I have an amazing care team who is doing everything in their power to get me the best treatment possible.
This is definitely not the update I wanted to give, but we are so incredibly thankful for everyone’s love and support. Throughout this journey I hope to raise awareness about Triple Negative Breast Cancer and encourage others to do the same. Please educate yourself and others and continue to spread the word - https://tnbcfoundation.org/why-support-tnbc-foundation/
With Love Always,
After delivering Cale, Kendall was able to have all of the scans she could not have before because of her pregnancy. The scans confirmed that the cancer remains contained to her breast. However, the tumor has grown, and she is now at Stage 3 because of the size of the tumor. Kendall's oncologist explained that even though she received the same dose of chemotherapy as a non-pregnant woman, the effectiveness may have been reduced because of the pregnancy...there is just no way of knowing. We are very thankful that the A/C chemo kept the cancer from spreading and Cale was born full-term and healthy. Kendall is now receiving weekly Taxol/Carboplatin chemotherapy and is scheduled for 11 more treatments before surgery and five weeks of daily radiation.
Kendall's genetic testing did confirm that she has no hereditary predisposition to cancer. We have no idea where this beast came from and why Kendall has to be fighting it when she should be able to just enjoy raising her boys and building her career. We do know that she will continue to fight and will beat this down so that she can be that beacon of hope for other breast cancer victims in the future.
We sincerely thank you all for your generous donations. We are truly blessed to have so many people...family, friends, and even people we do not know, that care about Kendall and her fight.
Please continue to pray for us and send warm, healing energy to Kendall.
Love to you all,
The Moyle, Schumacher, Allen and Butler families.
Some of you have had cancer happen in your families and know that treatment is a long process. We had no idea how long the process was until it struck our family. Cancer takes over your life. It takes away your freedom as well as your financial independence. You all have made this burden much easier for Kendall and David with your caring and generosity.
Kendall has told us many times how humbled she feels by the outpouring of love and support from her friends, our friends, family, her theta sisters, co-workers, caregivers and even people who are total strangers. You all know who you are. She feels the warmth of your love and prayers and it energizes her and builds her up.
Love to you all,
The Schumacher, Moyle, Allen and Butler Families.
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