Now in treatment at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Palm Springs, CA, next week Tammie is scheduled to undergo a radical hysterectomy (for the cancer in her cervix and uterus), a pelvic and para-aortic lymph node dissection (to detect how far into the lymph node system the cancer has spread), and an exploratory laparotomy (doctors are still unable to explain the source of her pain and large amounts of blood loss). The doctor has indicated additional procedures may take place while she is in the operating room. Radiation and chemotherapy are expected to follow surgical treatments.
The coming weeks and months will continue to be a physical and emotional challenge for this loving couple. We are attempting to raise funds for her medical care, lost work, and needs of the immediate household. Any donation, however small will help. We thank everyone for the many wishes for a speedy recovery that have been received.
The next step in treatment was to go to UCLA and have the bracytherapy. They called me on the 16th of December to tell me that they do not accept my insurance, but they have a reduced price for cash patience of only 38K dollars! Needless to say, we cancelled the treatment. The 18 to 30 month prognosis was if I had this treatment, so we are reevaluating where I am. I have several follow-up appointments in January with my original cancer team as they attempt to come up with an alternative treatment plan that will try to lengthen my life span.
Right now I am in a holding pattern, taking drugs to help with the pain, and hoping that when I see them they do not tell me there is nothing more they can do, and then give me a shorter span. It is nerve-wracking to just wait...
Thank you to everyone for listening. I appreciate all the continued prayers and well wishing that I regularly recieve from so many of you. There continue to be good days and bad days, smiles and special remembering and laughter, and yes, plenty of tears and fear as well. That is part of being human, and I am so grateful for all that I have gotten to experience to this point. Brendhan and I will celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary on December 31st. I picked that day to me married because to me it was always the day of the year that is filled with the most hope.
Brendhan and I wish for all of you that 2015 brings many joyous experiences and much love. Do not put off telling everyone you care about how you feel, do it every day. Happy New Year.
To say that we have had a hard emotional time this last 24 hours is certainly true. We have difficult decisions to make in front of us. There are some who will think I should not post this, but I promised myself when I started this journey that if I was going to go public, I would do it with both the good and the bad and maybe in doing so, someone else could be helped.
I want to take a moment to emphasize that cervical cancer in its early stages is 100 percent curable, and a simple annual pap test makes that possible. Because of the turmoil in my life a few years ago, and how life always seems to be to busy and other things too important to bother with simple things like that annual check up, i put it off and put it off. My cancer progressed past the point of being able to be cured. Please, please. please ladies - get your pap test, it can literally save your life.
Next on the agenda for treatment is brachtherapy - internal radiation that will be administed at the UCLA medical center where the procedure is more advanced. That should take us to the new year, when high dose chemo kicks in.
From most of our family and friends, we have had an outpouring of love and encouragement. We will not give up easily, and I will continue to fight for every day that I can spend with those that I love and that love Brendhan and I. My husband is a completely devoted caregiver, who sometimes forgets to take care of himself as well. We send heartfelt thanks to all of you that have reached out to us in love and caring.