Keri's Metastatic Breast Cancer Story: Our Second Anniversary and a Harsher Leg Pain

Doug Haberstroh Health Guide
  • Keri, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 25, sends our family and friends another update on our situation, after the cancer (now metastatic) spread to her tailbone. She experiences a harsher pain in her leg, which has not been reported to the Doc yet. Had we known, we would have probably paid a little more attention to it but we both thought it would go away with another round of Chemo. Keri also explains a little bit of our personal life in this message, and our celebration of our second wedding anniversary. She never had to worry about me, I wasn't going anywhere.



    Subject: Doing Well

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    Sent: Monday, June 12, 2006 8:22 PM


    Hello All,


    I am sorry for taking so long to update you on how things are going. It has been a roller coaster ride lately. I had my first chemo last Weds instead of Monday (the office was booked full so I moved it to another day).


    I am proud to say that there was not a repeat of the panic attack previously experienced. Though I have a feeling the story was told throughout the entire doctor's office because it seemed like everyone was watching me kind of funny and later congratulating me on handling things well. I'm sure it will be one of those stories that will always be told in that doctor's office.


    Anyway, the chemo went smoothly and no different than before. I get the orange kool-aid drug first and then the second one gives me a headache, and the rest is just fine. I leave hungry and then after lunch need a nap. I am tired for a few days afterwards, but by the end of the weekend I'm not too bad.


    Side effects haven't really shown themselves other than the fatigue. I do monitor my fluid intake so as to avoid dehydration. Unfortunately though with this one chemo session we did not completely alleviate my leg pain. It seems to be most annoying at night, which is never a good time because that's when I want to sleep.


    I take my pain pills sometimes it feels like they're candy. They do help though. There are times when it seems to be intolerable pain and I usually end up just not moving for a few minutes while the pain goes away. I am hoping that as we go on with more chemo the pain will subside quickly.


    I will be mentioning this to the doctor when I see him for my check-up. So really other than the pain, it's not too bad. I'm waiting for the first piece of hair to fall. I keep testing it by pulling to see if any are loose. It's a good thing I kept all my bandanas. I may have to get more creative with them this time and see how many I can have to match how many outfits.


    Doug and I celebrated another wedding anniversary. It doesn't seem like we've been married for two years. Wow what a ride in only two years. We had to celebrate over the weekend, because as you know how life goes sometimes Doug had class tonight so there wasn't much of a chance to celebrate together tonight. The sad part about it is that we have had two anniversary celebrations now and I have not been healthy for either one of them.


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    In fact it seems as though Doug might have gotten the short end of the stick considering he only got 9 months of a marriage before big problems arised. But the thing is he's still here and he doesn't plan on going anywhere. That part when he said "in sickness and in health" he really meant it. That's such a comfort to me. I don't have to worry about losing him along with all of my other worries that I have about myself. It makes it so I can lean on him and he takes some of my worries away from me. How lucky I am.


    Well we have some visitors planning to visit us this summer, and of course at some point in time we will finally find out when and where we are moving to. As for making any trips ourselves... I won't be making any, but Doug has some things planned work wise and pleasure wise. He has some air force classes to attend out of state and he's planning to attend a conference in August sponsored by the "Men Against Breast Cancer" organization. It should be good for him to get with a group of men that are in a similar situation as he is.


    Well, not much else to tell. I'm trying to keep my spirits up. Last week was kind of hard with the first session and all and there are still times now that I think about it too much and get upset. Little things will set it off that didn't used to. I know that's all normal and I'm keeping that in mind when I go through those times that I'm sad. So long as I go through them and then get out of them I'll be okay. I hope all of you are doing well. I will be keeping in touch of course so look for more emails as time goes on.


    Love to you all,




    A 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 15, Keri and Doug celebrate their second wedding anniversary, as Keri begins chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer.


Published On: December 19, 2007