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 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!
Back in November my local oncologist started me on my bone infusions exgeva . along with another hormone shot Fasoldex to go with my Zoladex shot. ( which is also hormone) if that doesn't sound like fun i decided to start my Ibrance and Femara at the same time. Boy was that a mistake, I was definitely down for the count a couple days. Thankfully I have found a better system since then and can control the aches and pains. I have been doing blood work every two weeks and to our surprise my numbers are starting to go down. YAY!! I also have met a amazing Holistic Dr. and started her treatment the end of November.
After my first cycle back in December I headed over to Moffitt for more blood work to see how my counts were doing, unfortunately the main side effect off Ibrance is your white blood count drops since it is a form of chemo. I had to wait a extra week to start my new cycle. Coming into the end of January back to Moffitt we went and had my Pet/Ct. I am happy to let you all know my tumors have shrunk. Some of them by half, and have NO new lesions in the body! ( insert happy dance here!) Unfortunately my WBC have dropped back down so I will hold off on the next cycle till the middle of February with a lower does of the Ibrance.
I am very excited and feel good about my news, I couldn't have done it with out all of your prayers and positive vibes. Come May I will be back with even better news and a bigger smile.
Love you all and keep your head up. God works miracles everyday,
Cj and I headed to Moffitt on Tuesday, we had a better trip this time just because we knew the routine. I was able to see my original Oncologist Dr. Khan, she is truly an amazing Dr. My results had come back with not so much good news. My body has started to fight against the tamoxifen. My numbers have gone up the last couple months and now we know why. I also have new lesions in my liver and my existing tumor has grown slightly. On the upside the tumors in my bones have started to heal themselves. I will be starting a new medication called Ibrance and Femara. The combination of the two will hopefully kill the progression of the tumors. Dr. Khan said she really has high hopes for this medication, the only downfall is the side effects will be more aggressive than the tamoxifen and having me make more frequent trips to Moffitt. A good friend of mine said " this is a roller coaster and you will have many loops and turns along the way." I couldn't agree more, this is only the beginning of my journey. I am very thankful for the friends and family that keep my head lifted and put smiles on mine and my families faces. My next Moffitt visit will be the end of December and I promise to keep you posted on the results of my progression.
Best Wishes to All and Happy Holidays,
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
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.