Cancer Still Won't Hold Me Back!!!
Here we go again! As most of my family and friends know by now, my cancer is back. I am sitting here again in the infusion chair asking for help financially to aid in my fight against this dreadful disease.
For those that don’t know, I was diagnosed with stage 1b2 cervical cancer (adenocarcinoma) in January of 2016. There was a 5x7cm tumor and three lymph nodes involved. I attacked this with Cisplatin chemotherapy in conjunction with 28 rounds of linear radiation. I then endured 5 brachytherapy treatments (internal radiation). My follow up scan from that showed one lymph node still active and spread to three new lymph nodes. So, we attacked it again with Carboplatin, Paclitaxel and Avastin. Those post treatment scans showed no evidence of disease.
Fast forward seven months and it’s back. Two new lymph nodes are involved and the disease is following the typical pattern of this adenocarcinoma, when treatment isn’t killing it. I was given a prognosis of 1 to 2 years to live with continued treatment. Well for those of you who know me, you know I am too stubborn to accept this and will be fighting with everything I can to defeat this disease. I am continuing chemotherapy (Topatecan, Taxel and Avastin) but will also be attacking this with holistic approaches, diet and lots and lots of prayer.
I will continue to work through this as much as my body allows, but the super clean eating and holistic methods I will be incorporating don’t come cheap. I am also trying to create memories with my two precious girls and adoring husband “just in case.” I have an amazing group of doctors, holistic practitioners and friends and family guiding me through this. However, the most important in my fight is my God. He is bigger and mightier than this cancer. He is the Great Physician and my expiration date is when He says it is! I have a sense of peace during this fight at this time (Phil 4:7). He made me the stubborn person that I am and I will not go down without a fight.
So once again I am asking for help financially and through prayer so that I can fight this beast with every resource I can. Most of this will go towards fighting this disease, but as I said, I will be creating memories with family as well. Thank you all for fighting this with me!
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
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Melissa Ward Garza