Keri's Metastatic Breast Cancer Story: Finally, Oxycontin... and Returning Our Puppy to the Shelter
My name is Doug Haberstroh, and this is the story of my wife Keri, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. Stay with me on this one SharePost; Keri introduces a lot in this e-mail to all our friends and loved ones.
She begins with how we had to give up our dog (Duke) for the betterment of Duke and us. She then describes her pain, relating to the cancer that has spread to her sacrum, and finally receiving the correct brand-name prescription as discussed in the prior SharePost on access to Oxycontin.
We are also informed of a new Chemo schedule and an extension of the treatments. It was a very tough time. I was about ready to leave for a five week training class and having to leave Keri home alone (with visiting friends and family). It was torture to have to leave her but she always made it so easy on me, she understood the military life, I couldn't have asked for a more loving, caring wife.
Subject: Bittersweet Update
Sent: Tuesday, September 5, 2006 3:32 PM
Well, I guess I'll start with the bitter part that way we can end on a sweet note. Doug and I had to make a very difficult decision and that was to take our dog and give him back to the animal shelter.
With everything that was becoming involved in taking care of me and my lack of energy and Doug being so busy at work with TDY's and upcoming moving we felt that it would be best for both the dog and us if he was given away. We were not taking care of him properly. We didn't have time to walk him or play with him much and he's a 10-month-old puppy who needs lots of that stuff. Therefore, we thought he would be better off with someone who could provide him with those things. We will attempt to get another dog when our lives are better prepared for having one and when I am not as sick as I am.
Now for the sweet part..we finally won the battle on getting my name brand medication. It took some time over this past weekend to transition from one med to the other, but now I am doing well with it. We have figured out the dosage and the time between each dose and I am getting much better sleep.
I also seem to have more energy at least in the afternoon to get out and do a couple of things before my body tires out. I am still tired, but that is due to the 5 chemo treatments that I have been through. This medicine is a great thing to have though so that I am not in so much pain. I have an appointment this Thursday with the doctor for just a check-up and I am hoping to find out when we will be doing another bone scan to check on the progress of the chemo and how many more chemo treatments I will be having to go through.
The doctors at one point wanted to send me to MD Anderson in Houston, but after receiving my records there, the doctors in Houston said they did not need to see me since I am following a good therapy schedule and have not failed it. So what we are doing here with my doctor is just what we can do.
Well, to keep you up to date on my schedule I have my 6th treatment on Sept 13th. Doug will not be here. He is leaving on the 10th of Sept for his SOS class in Alabama for 5 weeks. I have a friend taking me on the 13th so I won't be alone. Then there are other visitors coming until Doug gets home and he is close enough to visit on a weekend or two. That's the latest. I hope you all are doing great. I'll be emailing again soon.
Love to you all,
Subject: Dr. Appt Update
Sent: Thursday, September 7, 2006 4:34 PM
I had a Dr's appt today and thought I would share with you what we discussed. It looks like I will still be going through treatments even through the holidays. We talked about getting another scan done, but he seems to think that it is useless at this point because he is going off my pain and since my pain has not seemed to get any better he feels that we haven't made much progress.
Also it took a while for us to figure out the right mix of chemo drugs and I have only had 2 treatments with the right mix so the first three are sort of being forgotten since they were not using the correct drugs. Anyway that means that even though I am coming up on my 6th treatment I really am getting only the 3rd treatment with the correct drugs. That is why I will be having treatments longer than we thought and into the holidays.
Hopefully it will not ruin any holidays, but it does put them in a different perspective. That's all I know for now. I guess we'll find out more as I get more treatments with the correct drugs and we see how my body does. I seem to be extra fatigued so he has put me on a stimulant to help pep me up. Get this I'm now taking Ritalin or how ever you spell it. Now I'll probably be bouncing off the walls.
I'll have to let you all know how that goes. Anyway other than that I'm just on my usual basket full of pills. They are watching my red blood cells and my hemoglobin because it's been low lately and I've had to get Procrit shots to help with that. Wow, what a mess I am. Well, once again I'm having trouble sitting in the chair so I need to go. Hope all is well with you and yours. Take care.
Love to you all,