Sonya Humphrey's Cancer Fight Fund
When fighting terminal cancer, how will she attempt to put on a brave face and support her family of four both emotionally and financially? Metastatic breast cancer does not have a time limit or an ending for treatment. It will continue over years meaning the bills will only pile up. As all her friends know it is NOT in her nature to solicit anyone for anything. We want to help in a tangible way and this is how we can. Please donate whatever you feel you can to help Sonya and her family during this difficult time. Help her fight, help her family fight, help anyway you can. If money isn't something you can give at the moment, positive thoughts and prayers would be wonderful and wholly accepted!
Any suggestions, recommendations, or new information for cure or treatment for this type of cancer would be greatly appreciated.
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Our girl is a fighter and this has simply become a part of her story - a story we are all so lucky to be a part of as well.
But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength.
2 Timothy 4:17
Thank you all for your acts of kindness and generosity.
Sonya's family and friends
I would like to start by saying I officially have finished 18 rounds of chemo! (insert happy dance) The last 3 months had its ups and downs for sure. The chemo and I have a love hate relationship . The taxol (chemo) has become tolerable, I still do treatments on Mondays and have my side effects hit by Wednesday and then I am down Thursday. Good news is it only last really bad those two days. I have been struggling with anemia and low white blood counts the most. Dr. Desia has me on high dose of folic acid and I get nuelasta shots 3 times a week and then by the third week I get a cool machine hooked to me for a one big dose. ( those suck!) Thankfully those are my worst side effects other than the plain chemo side effects hair loss, fatigue and weight gain. (those suck too) I headed off to Moffitt on March 27th and were able to get my pet/ct done this round. They are fast and efficient as always, Love Moffitt!!
Around noon we headed to see Dr. Costa, at this point I have learned you never know what these scans will show or what the Dr. has to say.
We pretty much go in there not thinking anything or hate to say it but the worst. As Dr. Costa walked in he had a actual smile on his face. He sat down and told us the scans show shrinkage and no new growth!
BUT he would like us to continue 3 more months (9 rounds) of chemo.( Uggh not what I wanted to here.)
He explains how it is working and since my side effects are minimal they would like to see my tumors get a little smaller before moving on to next treatment. Even though this is not what I wanted to hear, I am very thankful that I am moving slowly in the right direction. I even got the ok to travel between treatments with a little preparation!
I can not believe I have been on this journey for two years now and am very grateful for the love and support you all of shown. I think you all for the continuous of prayers and thoughts. I would not be able to make this journey with out my friends and family. My next pet/ct will be on July 5th and I am hoping to send you all some exciting news then.
Best Wishes & Love,
Best Wishes to all,
I can not believe that summer has come and gone and here we are heading back to moffitt for our 4 month check up. On September 18th I headed to moffitt with a slight pep in my step due to the wonderful prescription Ibrance, I am truly blessed to be able to take. The last four months have been great, I feel wonderful and my numbers kept on dropping. We just knew that we had many more months on this awesome medication! After my pet/ct I waited for the Dr. thinking about what I was going to eat. Haha that is how not nervous I was. Well that all went away very quickly when my Dr. came in the room with a look of disappointment and I instantly had my heart drop. My pet/ct has come back with growth in my existing tumors of my lower back and liver. We sat there for hours talking about all my options and he explained how healthy bodies give cancer a easier way to mutate and making medications stop working faster. Apparently being healthy other than cancer is the worst thing ever....uugh
After much discussion with my local oncologist and family we have decided to take the route of chemo. I will be heading to Moffitt on the 1st to get my port put in and then October 8th start my first round. The chemo itself is called paclitaxel or taxol for short, I will be doing a low dose of 80mg once a week for 3 weeks and then off on the 4th week. Our plan is to do 18 rounds shrink this stubborn ass cancer and then go back to hormone therapy. We thank you all again for the love, support and prayers. I will send an update on my 3 month pet to let you all know how the treatment is working.
Much Love and Best Wishes,
Cj and I headed to Moffitt on May 8th for my pet/ct. I can not believe it has been a year since this new chapter in life has started. Our Moffitt visit was smooth as always, they are truly a blessing! We were able to see Dr. Khann later in the day and got a bit of surprise. My pet came back with a new spot on my liver. Dr. Khann was not to worried about it, said it could be multiple things but to be sure we set up a MRI. The rest of the scans showed improvement in my bones and slight improvement in the breast.
On May 17th I headed back to Moffitt for my test. I have never had a MRI, it was a very interesting experience, And not a fun one. LOL
I will say if you are claustriphoc make sure you tell them, it is a tight squeeze.
Unfortunately you do not receive MRI results the same day as the pet scans, so I had a long five days of waiting. On Tues May 22nd Dr. Khann called with my results, unfortunately the MRI came back with not so much great news, there is a new spot but not very big at all. Dr. Khann said that she still feels like my treatment is working and not to focuse on the set back. She has moved my scans to 4 months from every 3 months, which is a good sign I think. This journey is a definitely a roller coaster and as soon as you think you have it figured out is takes a new turn. I will continue my holistic along with all my medicine and infusions. Which I'm happy to say has gotten a lot easier!! Anyone out there with any information I am open to any advice, cause at the end of the day I will not be defeated and still carry hope to beat this. I love you all and will be back in September with my update!
Dr. Bernie Siegel said in his book "Love Medicine and Miracles" that he hated the word terminal. Everyone is terminal and we are all going to die. That was in 1984 and I too had terminal breast cancer. I am still here and you can be too. Do not EVER GIVE UP!!!!
Hi Sonya, I don't know you but I know your story because I am also a stage 4 breast cancer survivor. I am 2 years out with treatment that I will do forever. Your page said any suggestions would be helpful. I go to UNC in Chapel Hill, NC. They are top notch for breast cancer treatment. I was first diagnosed at stage 2 with the breast cancer and pregnancy all at once. My cancer came back 1 year later with stage 4. It had gone to my bones. UNC has been amazing. They did 6 months of taxol with herceptin. The treatment worked. No active cancer. I now do herceptin and protuzamab every three weeks and I am 2 years out with no active cancer. I get a scan every 3 months to make sure. My doctors name is Dr. Claire Dees. The number to the cancer hospital is 984-974-0000. I hope this helps. You will be in my prayers.
My prayers are going up for you and your family. I am so sorry that at this time I am unable to contribute financially but do have some suggestions. If your state is one that increased Medicaid benefits because of the ACA, would recommend that you apply for it. Also try to find a teaching hospital that could get you into a clinical trial for new cancer treatments. In the DC area, we have several and I have friends that are involved in treatment trials that do not live in the city. Another option would be to check into research trials conducted by NIH - National Institute of Health. They may have something in your area. Also check with Cancer Centers of America - often they provide free services for those unable to afford it. The most important thing is to make sure that your physician is actively and proactive about your treatments. If you do find services in the DC area, I would be happy to provide you with accommodations. Will keep you in my prayers...they work wonders. Stay strong and positive... Ann
Praying for you always. The Hisey Family (Angela, Savanna, Olivia
My love and prayers are all yours. No cliches, however, keep up the fight to win. Your Fl family is here for you, CJ and your boys always.