Keri's Metastatic Breast Cancer Story: New News... and It's Not Good
My name is Doug Haberstroh, and this is the story of my wife Keri. Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. We had just gone to Disney World to celebrate, after the end of Keri's radiation treatment for cancer that had spread to her sacrum. (That's a photo of us in Orlando).
And, well, I guess all good times have to come to an end. When we got back, we received some new news from our Doc about Keri's treatment for metastatic breast cancer. It was not the type of news we had been hoping for.
It was hard to come screaming down from the rush we had just experienced from our Disney trip, but it was time to face reality again. Keri always kept a positive outlook. I did the same for her. But, inside, we were both hurting. We just wanted it to be over, although we never gave up hope.
Subject: New News
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 6:29 PM
So sorry it has taken so long to email some of you. It's been pretty hectic around here. Of course that's always how it goes when you get home from a long vacation. Well, our Disney trip was a success. We both had a great time. I don't think I stopped smiling all week.
Now for the newest news of what's going on with me. Unfortunately I don't have good news. The pain that started back in Feb has not gone away. Even after having the radiation it is still a bother to me.
It has now also started to hit a nerve and pain is traveling down my leg. This gave concern to my doctors that the cancer was not killed and that something was going on. We did some tests last Friday and have come to the conclusion that while the radiation may have killed some of the cancer it is still alive and well.
This means that unfortunately I need to have more chemotherapy. They have done all the radiation they can do in that area because it has already been administered all that those organs can take. Therefore chemo is the only option at this point.
So I have an appointment set up to see the surgeon to have my lifeport put back in (which of course taught me the lesson the hard way that I should have left it in). Then we will begin another round of chemo consisting of 6 sessions.
I am not sure yet which drugs he will be giving me. I was told that he wants to research it some so that we don't have a repeat of my bad reaction. He did say that I might get away this time with not losing my hair. It all depends on the drugs he decides to give me.
Of course this is a big blow to me and Doug and everyone. This is the last thing that I was expecting at this time. I thought we were done and on to normal things, but I guess God has other plans. We are hoping that we will be able to finish this treatment before we are told to move from Florida since it will be taking until November to get in all the treatments. Just wanted to let everyone know what was going on. I'll keep you update as I learn more information.
Love to you all,
KeriA Note from Doug: We're also telling Keri's breast cancer story as a weekly comic strip. Check back each week to follow her treatment. In this week's episode, Episode 14, Keri and Doug have returned from their trip to Disney World and soon learn that the radiation was not enough to stop the metastasis.