Kimberly's Fight Against Cancer
Hello my name is Kimberly Calvin. I am a 28 year old wife and mother of two; Iyanna, 6 and Payton, 3. I was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) breast cancer. As you can image, this came as a complete shock to me and my family.
In October 2016, I started having pain in my breast so I went to my doctor to have it checked out. At that time, I was informed that no lumps were found and there was nothing to worry about. A few months later, I noticed a lump – I was scared of the possibilities of what it could be.
I went to the doctor again at the beginning of April and my fears were confirmed. There was definitely a mass in my breast. Shortly after, I had an ultrasound, a mammogram, as well as a bioposy to take a further look into the mass. At this point, I still had hope that it was nothing major and I could go back to my normal life. On April 17, 2017, I got the devestating phone call from my doctor who informed me that the results came back positive for Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC).
In early May, I received a second opinion regarding the best treatment options to persue. After consulting with several specialists, my family and I determined the best approach would be to proceed with a lumpectomy procedure to remove the mass. My surgery is scheduled for May 31st, 2017.
The past few months have been very stressful and has taken a toll on me emotionally, physically and financially. I travel from Texas to Chicago to meet with specialists and receive treatment. I am asking for your prayers and donations to help with some of the financial burden associated with my diagnosis. With your help and support, I will fight and beat this so that my husband and I can continue to be a part of our children’s lives. Any contribution that you can make would be a huge help and greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for your support.
Since my last update many things have changed. The surgery and post-op recovery went well. However, one of the three lymph nodes that were removed had cancer cells that have begun to spread. The growth rate of the cancer cells is very aggressive. Unfortunately, this means I will have to start chemo therapy in the next two weeks followed by radiation.
This is devastating news for me and my family, but I will give it my all to fight against it. Thanks for all of your support throughout this difficult time. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
I want to provide you all with a quick update. Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has had a chance to donate and who have kept me in their prayers. You don't know how truly grateful I am for all your support.
Without further delay, surgery on Wednesday went well. I am currently awaiting the final pathology report, which will show the end results of the tumor that was removed. As of now, I am fortunate to not have to undergo chemotherapy. However, once my surgery recovery is completed over the next fourweeks, I will begin radiation treatment to make sure no other breast tissue will be affected.
I will have my post-op appointments on June 27, 2017 in Chicago. At that time, I will have to make a decision to either have radiation treatments in Texas or at the same facility in Chicago. I will continue to keep you all updated as I continue to make this journey in my life.
Again, thank you for the donations & prayers that have received thus far. Please continue to keep me in your prayers.
Kim, Keeping you in constant prayer. I will send more as soon as I can. Keep up the positive thoughts and outlook. It will help with the healing process. Talk to God, keep Him first. He knows what you are going through. Much love, Kim