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Carla's Fearless Fight With Terminal Cancer

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I had no clue what cancer really meant other then it was a word I knew and heard. In 2009 at only 29  I didn't know that word would change my life forever. I was diagnosed with stage 3C invasive ductal carcinoma HR2 + with 7 lymph nodes tested positive. After a full double mastectomy chemotherapy and ton of complications I was able to go into remission till December of 2016 at the age of 37 I had a recurrence of HER2+ breast cancer and this time had 2 tumors in my clavicle (chest wall area) one of which is a lymph node, I had to fight for my life yet again.13 months of extensive chemo and harsh radiation were to follow, the tumors were too risky to remove. I also battle with an auto immune diseases rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative osteoarthritis.  and injected myself with Humaria for joint pain and stiffness for the rest of my life.  Now a year and a half out of treatment trying to get my life back to normal last years radiation destroyed my mastectomy implant and had to have a 5 hour latissimus flap surgery April 2018 that surgery was the dorsi muscle is located in your back, just below your shoulder and. It's the muscle that helps you do twisting movements, such as swinging a racquet or golf club. In a latissimus dorsi flap procedure, an oval flap of skin, fat, muscle, and blood vessels from your upper back is used to reconstruct the breast. This flap is moved under your skin around to your chest to rebuild your breast. The blood vessels (artery and vein) of the flap are left attached to their original blood supply in your back. Because the flap contains a significant amount of muscle, a latissimus dorsi flap is considered a muscle-transfer type of flap. And a 5 month recovery process. Then just last week my sickness took a turn for the worst. Still lots of unanswered questions and once we know more we will update you. Last week I went into the ER for chest pain on my right side and shortness of breath. The CT scan showed 3 nodules on my left lung. Given my history of stage 3C HR2+ my oncologist order a biopsy, well the surgeon came back and said it's in a very difficult spot to biopsy so ordered a PET scan. My results came in on Sunday on my online test results app with the hospital showing there are 2 spots showing signs that my breast cancer has metastasis to my lung. My oncologist is meeting with a cardiothoracic surgery team tomorrow to get a game plan and I will meet with her Wednesday morning at 11am to find out what the next steps are. No, the metastasized breast cancer in the lungs is neither lung cancer nor linked to smoking. No, staying positive and “just fighting hard” isn’t going to beat back my late-stage disease. Please don't compare what I'm facing with other people you know who have it. We all have different genetic make ups in our body and age, my type of cancer and aggressiveness all come into play with this. I will be strong when I'm ready. And will continue to update you all as we know more. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support as this is now taken over my life completely. We ask if you can please share my story to help me reach goal to help with medical expenses and major life changes and financial burdens.
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Today is the day I end my break from treatment and it all starts over again with enormous loading dose which makes me feel very sick for several days if not at least a week after. All because I decided on my own I wanted a break and went too long now they have to jump start my body again. I took a few adivan to help me with the anxiety of putting myself through this again just so I can live longer.
I was so happy and felt free during my break, but my family, friends and loved ones want me around as long as I can.

So "cheers" to veins taking in poison to keeping me alive so that I can make you all laugh a little longer.

*As always if you can help financially the link is above, or even just sharing my story will help tremendously to get my story out there. ❤ you all
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Not sure where to start or what to say! my strength took a downward spiral and because I've had to be strong for so long I needed a break to be weak and sad and cry and feel my emotions. I also took a short break from treatment to feel healthy again but that only helped with the physical side not the mental. I want to have the feeling of normalcy again, to be able to go back to work and not always feel sick. But that's not my reality anymore . Had to move out of my home because I could no longer afford it and move into a place with cheaper rent. My car is also still in the shop because I can't afford to get it fixed all the way, so most of my days I spend stuck here at home. I want to be able to go get my nails done and go out to eat if I'm having a good day but again I'm in a financial crisis as my doctors bills keep pouring in and my every day life is now a struggle. It isn't easy to ask for financial assistance especially when you are and have been very independent most of your life. I pray every day that I can catch a break physically and financially even if it's only for a day and to live like there is no worries. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this and for your continued love and support.
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WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE ME NOW?

You can find me some days trying to cure my cancer. Researching and learning about nutrition and trying to change my lifestyle to reflect what I learn: Changing the bad foods I eat to the nutrition my body needs, positive affirmations, vitamins & self-care. Other days I go to doctor appointments, and chemotherapy treatments every two weeks.
Most days I fight depression, battle with anxiety, struggle with body image, ache with pain and toile over the meaning of life and what my purpose is. I am on a roller coaster that I cannot control. My mental state is a surprise to me each day and my body is failing me.

It is a very fine line to walk between being positive and realistic. And while I am going to give my best shot at curing my cancer, I also do not want it to be too late for me to experience some of the incredible things this life has to offer.

Thankfully for the contributions of my friends the community and my family have kept me afloat over the last 8 months. I have spent thousands of dollars on medical care and I owe tens of thousands more with no end in sight. I have accepted a lot of truths about my situation, but I refuse to accept that I don’t deserve the life experiences I have worked so hard to realize. 

If I don’t get to do these things soon, I may never have the chance. Please help me by sharing this far and wide. Maybe a well-off person will see my list and want me to experience something that they have cherished in their lifetime. Maybe a kind-hearted celebrity will support my quest for experiencing a full life in the short time I have left. Maybe, just maybe, I will get the opportunity to cross off my bucket list before the deadline that looms ahead of me.  Thank you SO MUCH for reading this and sharing. 

 
CARLA'S BUCKET LIST
To beat the odds and live a long life
Take a boat to Key West with friends and family.
Get a tattoo
Meet Ellen DeGeneres
Start a charity or foundation
See my parents in a better home
Take a train through a vineyard
Save a life by donating my organs
See a show in Vegas
Visit Niagara Falls
See the northern lights
Soak in a hot tub in a mountain resort in Colorado.
Attend a live tapping of Saturday night live.
Ride in a helicopter
Swim with the dolphins
Visit Paris to see the Eiffel Tower
Have a famous chef prepare me dinner
enjoy a spa day
Bora Bora- Stay in overwater bungalow
scuba dive in Florida
Visit my sister and her family in Japan
Ride in hot air balloon
Visit Hawaii and dance at luau.
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*UPDATE** It never occurred to me that one day I'd wake up sick and never get better. After 2 battles since 2009 and just finishing treatment 1.5 years ago from my second battle, I've now been told its metastasized to my lungs and changed to stage 4 terminal cancer. I will undergo herception (a part of chemo) infusions every two weeks along with hormonal therapy for the rest of my life or until it stops working. This treatment is only to slow down the spreading because its HR2+ meaning feeds off of my hormones they are shutting them down. My oncologist and team of doctors want to able to give me the best quality of life possible. This will rack up my doctors bills, and little to no work between doctor appointments and rest and try and stay strong to fight as hard as I can. I'm worried about my every day living expenses, keeping roof over my head. While I don't know how long the road is ahead of me, I do know it's going to be the hardest. **UPDATE**
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