The following day she had her first oncology appointment. The official diagnosis was Invasive Endocervical Adenocarcinoma, also referred to as stage IVB cervical cancer. She has since been through an incredibly aggressive treatment plan- 30 rounds of chemo every 3 weeks. Sierra's chemo cocktail includes three (3) types of drugs with 6 types of pre-meds. So that makes each chemo treatment a total of eight (8) hours. As of August 2016, Sierra will be taking a break from chemo and exploring other treatment options due to her past few scans being stable and showing no change.
Thank you all again for your continued support! It means more than we can verbally express. You can follow Sierra's story via facebook page "Saving" Sierra or instagram where she post daily :)
After chemo #6 we worked on getting all materials (blood work, block, medical records and official signed application) to the clinical trial in Maryland. If you've ever worked with an hospital to get info sent somewhere then you are familiar with the roadblocks we encountered. However, I can say that our medical team at UTSW made the process easier.
With that said, we don't expect to hear if Sierra meets the criteria of the clinical trial until the end of February or early March. It is a long process, a couple of weeks, to see if Sierra is a match. The waiting is only ONE of the frustrating challenges we face during this journey.
Should Sierra be a match for this trial it will require a 3 week hospital stay in the bone marrow unit. She will be given 7 days of chemo to kill her immune system so that they can introduce the new super charged immune system into her system. The cost with this treatment will be high. That is not counting our flights or for somewhere for me to stay.
If Sierra doesn't match the trial in Maryland then the trials in Chicago are next on the list. In the meantime we will continue with chemo every three weeks until we get into a trial or we find another solution. Believe me we are exploring all avenues and continue to research everyday.
We have decided to do a softball benefit tournament to help offset medical cost associated with the trial. Additional information will be coming next week.
At the moment Sierra is in Corpus Christi enjoying the ocean and sunny weather. Gotta take advantage of the good days. She is even feeling well enough to take yoga classes.
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and continued support.
Share Sierra's story as much as possible. The more we share her story maybe we can help prevent others from being effected by Cervical Cancer.
Praying for things to go well this morning Miss Beautiful Sierra. :) Time to show the "C" word just how tough you are.
Wow I am in awe right now. As I go through the donation comments I can only think to myself that you are truly an inspiration to everyone. I also couldn't imagine life at all without my child and you sierra deserve to be able to have children and a family of your own someday. I love you Si, now let's go kick some cancer butt!!
I will pray for u. I'm a survivor of cervical cancer. I had a partial hysterectomy in 2011 and can no longer have children. I hope and pray you get the money you need so you can experience motherhood!