Carla's Fearless Fight With Terminal Cancer

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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