25 Dec Cathy’s Journey to Kick Stage IV Metastatic Cancer
Written by Cathy Blood
Thanksgiving Week 2016 – As you may have heard by now, I recently received some bad news. Here’s the past week in a nutshell.
Last week I went to the doctor and was told I had acute bronchitis. Two days later I drove myself to Urgent Care and several hours later, was transported by Ambulance to Lack’s Cancer Center. At that point, I knew my back was broken and that they had found a large mass on my lungs.
Thanksgiving Day was light staffed and basically spent getting my pain under control. Friday was a nightmare day, 6-7 hours of MRI’s, CT scans, biopsies and procedures. I was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer which has already spread to my bones. I have a baseball sized tumor in my lungs, several on my spine and in my skull.
The cancer that invaded my spine caused parts of it to literally crumble. My back is fractured at T11, T12 & L2. As you can imagine, these fractures are causing intense pain and putting me at risk of becoming paralyzed.
There’s a procedure they are hoping I can do which will reduce the pain, build that space back up and remove the fear of paralyzation. I go in for an MRI early Sunday morning to see if I’m a candidate for doing the procedure called Vertebroplasty. They have to be careful that there are no shards of bone that could be forced through my spinal cord which could again cause paralysis.
Vertebroplasty is an outpatient procedure for stabilizing compression fractures in the spine. Bone cement is injected into back bones (vertebrae) that have cracked or broken, often because of osteoporosis. The cement hardens, stabilizing the fractures and supporting your spine. – mayo clinic
PLEASE PRAY specifically that I am able to have Vertebroplasty, that the procedure is successful so that I don’t become paralyzed.
After that, we move onto radiation followed by chemo. PLEASE PRAY that the chemo / radiation shrink away the 8.6 cm tumor in my lungs and that I can defy the odds by kicking cancer’s butt!
Thanks so much for all your support and prayers! I’ve got an incredible team of doctors, nurses and caregivers taking care of me and appreciate each and every one of you.
#keepfaith ~ Cathy Blood