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Christina's Battle

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Raised by 201 people in 9 months
Created July 2, 2017
This is the story of a young lady whose Mom attends our church. I have asked Christina  to tell you her story.
I was diagnosed with TNBC (triple-negative Breast Cancer) in 2013 at 22 years old. It presented as a cyst, and since the surgeon thought nothing was wrong, she just kept draining it.  She tested the fluid every time it got drained, and no cancer cells were present.  Finally she took the cyst out and when biopsied the lining of cyst, it was all cancer cells and ended up being Stage lll(a)because it was 8cm in size, as well as present in two lymph nodes on that side. I had 6 rounds of A/C and 6 rounds of Taxol, followed by 36 radiation treatments.

I was cancer free for 3 years, so I got cleared to get pregnant with my son( who just turned 8 months July 1st) I had a lovely first half of my pregnancy.
I grew concerned because there was a knot I felt in the center of my chest on my sternum that I noticed in May 2016 after my oncologist appointment in April 2016(where everything looked/felt fine).
I had the small lump biopsied just to check to see if any cancer was present. I got the biopsy done at 28 weeks pregnant, and it was TNBC again (stage IV (a) in my sternum. no one knew what to do with me because I was pregnant, so they didn't get me on Chemo until the end of September2016. I had 1 round of A/C while pregnant and delivered my perfect baby boy at 36 weeks 7 days. 
I went the week after I gave birth and  had 1 Taxol treatment, after my baby came home from NICU they kept him to observe.  I had another round of Taxol the week after that and got a severe allergic reaction to it. I was taken off of Taxol and started on Gemzar/Carbolatin, which I just finished this past Friday.

Unfortunately, my tumor has become plantium-resistant and started growing again. They are planning surgery sometime  between now and the end of July to remove the tumor.

Unfortunately, this will put me out of work for probably the first month of school(at least), and we will need help with bills while I'm on short term disability. My husband has had to take FMLA , (to help me and the baby.)and he has used all of his personal days and vacation.

My Faith is strong but we still have bills that have to be paid. Any help you can give us will be greatly appreciated and we are sure God will smile upon you as he has us. Pray with us on positive results with my surgery and our fund raiser.
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It is a sad day for all of us. Christina has lost her fight. She went home to our Lord and leaving all pain and worries behind.
Words are hard for me at this time but please don’t forget Nolan and his long road ahead.

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Here is an update from Christina that we are all interested in. (She put the comment for anyone who cares).if you haven't donated and thought about it , or have a few extra bucks, now is the time. Folks this is serious. Grab a Kleenex, you'll need it. Love you Christina.
Cancer Update (for anyone who cares): I only had to stay in the hospital for a week after surgery, so I've been home since then. I had a CT scan on Tuesday of this week to see where the cancer has spread. I've kind of been out for the count since then because the Barium Sulfate suspension made me vomit 4 times.

I followed up with my oncologist today about the results of the CT, and it is not looking too good. I have anywhere from 30-50 cancer nodules on each lung.

I was approved for Immunotherapy treatments through insurance, so I will start those tomorrow.

My cancer was still Triple-Negative when they ran tests on the tumor sample, but the tissue is expressing the "flag" that masks the cancer cells from white blood cells at 70%.

Since the point of Immunotherapy is to "unmask" the cancer cells to the white blood cells, my oncologist feels very hopeful about this treatment.

However, on the flip side, if the Immunotherapy doesn't work, then it will mean some serious conversations need to be had about end-of-life care and hospice for me.
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I am lost for words for all everyone has done for Christina's battle. Please continue to share because it is working. God is good.
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