Lets help AM see her kids grow up!

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This is a story about my friend Anne-Maree - Lets help her see her kids grow up!

This is Anne-Maree's story:
My name is Anne-Maree Wilson, I’m a mother to two wonderful children, Charlotte (6 years) and Luke (4 years) and I’ve been married to my husband Anthony for nearly 10 years. I work part-time as a secondary Mathematics teacher. I also have secondary breast cancer. There is no cure for secondary breast cancer.

I wish to explore the integrated medicine options in a hope to have the longest and healthiest life possible and I enjoy my lovely little family. I wish to see my two young children grow into young adults.

Integrated medicine combines both conventional medicine and alternative medicine. I see the future of my life being dependent on treating the body as a whole not just the cancer. I currently see a naturopath, reiki healer, acupuncturist and attend yoga. I would like to undergo hyperthermia heat treatment, which internationally has received good results on bone metastases.  There are also a number of other non-toxic treatments that have found to be effective to some patients, which I would like to try as conventional medicine alone is unable to give me any more options.

I have been researching clinics which offer the treatments that I am interested in, however, as these treatments are not subsidised it is not something that we can afford. The full costs have range from $30 000 - $60 000 for a treatment program.

 
Details of my journey are below.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2013, I had previously felt a lump in my right breast and had an ultrasound with the results stating that nothing could be found and it was most likely from an enlarged milk duct as I was still breast feeding Luke at the time.

The surgeon first did a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and took some lymph nodes to check if the cancer had started to spread into my lymph system. Due to the size of the lump, I had to go back and have a mastectomy on the right side and an axillary clearance, removal of all lymph nodes under my right arm.

I had 6 rounds of TAC chemotherapy which made me very ill and damaged my digestive system greatly. After my last dose of chemotherapy I was airlifted to Darwin hospital. I had developed a blood clot in my jugular vein due to the portacath (a device put into my chest to administer the chemotherapy). I then underwent 5 weeks of daily radiation to my chest and my neck. All my treatment finished a couple of days before Christmas – I had told my children that I would be better by Christmas.

In January 2014 I started daily tablets to reduce the estrogen in my body. Regular scans continued to show all clear. Later that year in also started a monthly implant injection to shut my ovaries down, to ensure that my body doesn’t produce any estrogen.  I started the breast reconstruction progress in June 2014, with doctors using muscle, fat and skin from my back to build a new breast.

In October 2014, two spots of cancer were found, one in my right iliac bone (pelvis) and one in my lower spine. Thankfully both spots were very small and I was offered high dose radiation (SABR) treatment in Adelaide. Doctors changed my tablets.

January 2015: I had SABR to my two spots and scans showed that there were no signs of cancer. Scans continued to show all clear until October 2015. New spots had appeared in my sternum, femur bone and back in my right iliac bone, slightly higher than the last spot.

Doctors changed my tablets again and I now have another monthly injection to strengthen my bones. Although the cancer is still contained in my bones, they are not willing to perform any more SABR as it apparently didn’t work as the cancer came back too quickly. I will be having one dose of radiation to the iliac bone to help relieve some pain.

Doctors are waiting to see if the latest tables work, otherwise there is nothing that they can do.
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An update from Anne-Maree:
So here's an upto date of my current situation. Routine blood tests on Friday showed that I had very high calcium.
Been in hospital 2 days and most likely another another 2.
The high calcium is caused by the bone cancer spreading so quickly and my liver and kidneys starting to shut down. It can cause heart failure and fluids on the luna.
I'm on fluids and have had a fluid reducing jmedicine.
If these medicine don't work or are effective for only a few days there is nothing else they can do for me
Ice been told about 4 weeks ago to start making plans with the palliative care unit - not ready to do there and there are lots of tears at out hose.
I'm so angry and heart broken atm. Trying to be l positive but my head is lost .
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Okay guys, I have been pretty quiet of late however here is an update from Anne-Maree!

Thank you to those who have donated as money that has been raised so far has help with costs to go to Gold Coast for treatment. Please keep an eye out for more posts to come.

From Anne-Maree:
So the last 3 years have definitely been a roller coaster ride when it comes to my health. The last few months have seen that roller coaster add a few loops and sudden drops. So here's the quick version of whats been happening and why I've chosen to stay in my own little bubble.
* I have exhausted the standard treatment for breast cancer, as the various hormone blocking tablets haven't been working - I know this as the cancer has spread.
* About 6 weeks ago my CT results came back that I have about a dozen spots in my lungs and a 3 cm lesion in my liver. Bones stable (still a stop in hip, left leg and sternum)
* Prior to this result I had been in Brisbane seeing a specialist breast cancer oncologist and a doctor at an integrated medicine clinic on the Gold coast. So while the scan results were crap I had been warned that they thought the cancer was spreading and had a plan in place.
* 4 weeks ago prior to heading back to Queensland I got my bone scan results (I chose to have this test even though I was told it wasn't needed now). The results said that I now also had multiple spots in my spine, ribs, pelvis and a spot in my left arm and right thigh.
* Oh fuck I have cried and cried and cried. I spent a whole day crying in Brisbane after seeing the oncologist and I cried over night when the bone scan results came back. The rate at which the cancer was spreading scared me.
* I started oral chemo tables 6 weeks ago. They aren't as bad as the chemo I had last time, actually its like taking a lollie compared to the other chemo. But of course I am getting side effects which means my dose keeps getting reduced. I am 2 weeks on and 1 week off...
* I spent 2 weeks on the Gold Coast having similar treatment for what I was fundraising to go to Germany for - they have the same machine at the clinic I went to!!!! I haven't got enough money to get to Germany so I tried this clinic. I had the hyperthermia treatment and vitamin IV's. I have also had lots of test done (nasty gene mutation has been found) and seen a really good naturopath. I also have regular acupuncture, do yoga and started having reiki again.
* I've been back in Katherine for one and a half weeks, I spent the first week sleeping and this week has been tests and treatment. This Friday I get the results from my latest CT scan (had it yesterday) this will show how well the treatment has been smile emoticon
* I'm lucky that I generally don't have any symptoms, my oncologist thinks I should be on strong pain killers but other then the odd ache I'm fine! I'm super grateful for this as I hate pain.
* I'm back at work next week and super excited about teaching calculus again (its been over 5 years since I've taught it and its my favourite topic).
* As a family we had our good days and bad days. The children, Anthony and my parents have all struggled but their love keeps me going on.
* I don't want to be a cancer patient anymore. I want to be well.
* This is the summarised version
Love your life, enjoy your love ones and believe that miracles do happen xoxo
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On Wednesday night the Year 12 graduates presented Anne-Maree with a large sum of money to go towards her treatment. Was such a special gesture for a wonderful teacher.
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So we are hosting a cinema fundraiser next weekend! Please share with your friends and if your in town come and watch a movie with us
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Michelle Daforno
42 months ago

Beautiful inside & out

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Mary-Lou Fischer
33 months ago

Lots of love

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Anonymous
35 months ago
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phoebe renfree
35 months ago

hi AM-have never met you but your story hit home with 2 little ones myself. not much but hope it helps in some little way

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Gail Ward
35 months ago

Best wishes and prayers x

Michelle Daforno
42 months ago

Beautiful inside & out

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