My name is Red. I have had have breast cancer. I am a survivor and I have learned to embrace each day that I am blessed to be granted. This is my journey.
I live in Florida, I am in my early 30’s and I am blessed to be a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. I was initially diagnosed in August 2015 with HER2+ invasive ductal carcinoma that spread to my left lymph nodes. I underwent 6 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy treatment followed by a double mastectomy, 30 rounds of radiation to my left chest & lymph nodes and Herceptin treatments every 3 weeks. I was declared cancer free after my double mastectomy in February 2016.
After experiencing swollen lymph nodes in my right side, I went for a biopsy that confirmed the cancer had spread and was now Triple Negative (ER/PR/HER2-). I had a PET Scan on July 15 that indicated the cancer had spread to my bones (pelvic and right shoulder), most of my lymphatic system and the skin on my chest. A CT scan on July 21 showed the cancer had metastasized to my right cerebellum and I underwent emergency surgery to have it removed. I was blessed with no defects from surgery.
I began chemo pills July 29 and radiation therapy to my right chest & lymph nodes on August 15. With the grace of God, my treatment will work and I will show signs of no evidence of disease (NED). Though I will never be cancer free again, I am confident my story is not over. This is a lifelong disease that I am learning to live with each and every day.
This blog started as a way to share my story, my journey. To my surprise, it has turned into so much more than that. I hope that you find it helpful and perhaps a little inspiring too. Life is what you make of it, regardless of the detours you may take.
You are welcome to ask any questions through the comments or you can also check out my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IamRedPhoenix and Instagram @IamRedPhoenix10
I look forward to hearing your thoughts, questions and stories along the way! Enjoy your day and spread the love!