My name is Doug Haberstroh, and we are reaching the end of the story of my wife Keri. For those of you who aren't familiar with our breast cancer story, at age 25, Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer. We had only been married for a few months. After several courses of treatment, Keri's cancer was diagnosed as metastatic. Treatments (radiation, more chemo) for the cancer that had spread to her sacrum were not working. Looking back at this e-mail we sent to our loved ones in 2006, it's hard not to stir up a lot of memories, some good, some bad, all memories that will never be erased from my mind. The time is nearing, though, we have not been informed yet. Two days after I wrote this e-mail, I received the worst phone call of my life. The message? "Keri has two weeks." I will end my words here and let you read this e-mail knowing what we did not.
Subject: Doublestrohs Update
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 4:19 PM
Family & Friends,
Hello everyone, I'm going to try to take a shot at one of Keri's updates to fill you all in on what's been going on at Doublestrohs over the last couple of weeks and days. I know Keri has been pretty religious with her updates and e-mails so I will try to do the same to make sure no one is left with questions or confusion on our current situation.
To start off, a little bit about me; I finally got back home from good ole' Montgomery AL two weekends ago from Squadron Officer School. That can be categorized as one of those experiences as saying, "...had fun, never want to do it again". Learned a lot, met new friends, drank some beers, and graduated. End of story.
Moving on to the question that everyone is asking, as it should be, how is Keri doing? Good, but of course she could be a lot better, and some day soon, God willing, she will be. We've experienced some setbacks in the last couple of weeks and more notably in the last couple of days that we wish everyone to be aware of.
The Tuesday after I got back from SOS we had an appointment with our Doc so he could explain some scans to us which had been taken the Friday before. As a result of the new scans, and compared against the old scans which had been completed in March, he told us the tumor was growing and spreading out of the Sacrum region where it was first found.
There is really no way to measure the growth or get an accurate size of the tumor since it is located in the bone and all we have to go off of is the scan itself. What can be told though is that the treatment we have been going through since this past spring has seemed to have no reaction on the tumor. We have tried Radiation and multiple attempts at Chemotherapy with no significant improvement over the tumor or the pain itself.
What's our plan of action now? Well that's a tricky question with a lot of moving parts. Let me explain by stating that we are not giving up on our fight, and Keri's will to beat this thing is stronger than anything I have ever experienced in my life. We have some choices that have been presented to us and some we are going to try while others we have both agreed to pass on.