As some of you know my life was forever altered last September when I was diagnosed with late stage 4 lung cancer that has matitasized to my liver and brain. I took life for granted back then and boy I'll tell you I fully appreciate every day I have now. They gave me 6 mths with no treatment and a year with . So the good news is I chose to under go the treatment of radiation to my brain and chemotherapy for the lung and liver. I am pleased to report that I responded well to both my brain is clear and the tumors which are to numerous to count in my lung and liver are holding steady and have even shrunk a bit . So here I am a year later and I feel amazingly well considering my diagnosis. I survived the horrendous chemotherapy side effects and It's been a great summer in my garden with my Aussie posse. I'm determined to be here next summer because I'm not ready to give up yet. My last scans show I'm mostly holding steady except for 1 new tumor and 1 that had continued to grow . So Monday I will begin a new cutting edge treatment with Opidivo immune target therepy so unlike chemotherapy that kills everything in sight this targets the immune system allowing it to fight the cancer . I fit right in to the tight requirements scarcous non small cell lung cancer that has continued to grow after platinum based chemotherapy . Yikes I can't believe this is my new vocabulary. I'm hopeful that I will be in the 20 percent that responed well to this treatment and that I can tolerate the side affects. This could give me more time on this earth. Thank you everyone who has been there for me this past year you know who you are I love you all so much and wouldn't be here now without you .
I have always been self sufficient and fiercely independent but I find myself in a position now where I need some help. I have a very hard time asking for and accepting help but damnt Cancer is very expensive. So if you are in a position to contribute to my cause ...me I would appreciate it so very much. Thank you in advance and send lots of positive energy my way . Kathleen Zuidema opdivo.com