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My Journey with Stage IV Breast Cancer

My Story: Updated 7/2/2013

When I first joined Spark in July 2006, at first it was all about weight loss for me. I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in the spring of 2003, at the age of 39. I went through a bilateral mastectomy (without reconstruction) and chemo that year, and underwent radiation to the chest wall during the first part of 2004.

At that time, I was frustrated with my weight gain from being on Tamoxifen, and overeating after my appetite came back ...
My Story: Updated 7/2/2013

When I first joined Spark in July 2006, at first it was all about weight loss for me. I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in the spring of 2003, at the age of 39. I went through a bilateral mastectomy (without reconstruction) and chemo that year, and underwent radiation to the chest wall during the first part of 2004.

At that time, I was frustrated with my weight gain from being on Tamoxifen, and overeating after my appetite came back after recovering from chemo. My pants were getting tight on me, and I refused to just go up to the next size. I was 139 pounds when I started here, and in a little less than a year, reached my goal weight, which I am still maintaining, of staying within 120-125 pounds. I went from a size 14 in jeans down to a junior size 9. I made my changes slowly, a few at a time, starting with watching my portion sizes. I never looked at this journey as a "diet", rather I decided to make healthy living and eating a lifelong habit.

My journey changed again in April of 2007; my cancer returned, and spread to the bone. I have stage IV breast cancer, and there is no cure for it; the goal of treatment is to slow down and stabilize my bone mets. (Bone mets are tumors that are in the bone.) Since April 2007, I am on a monthly treatment called Zometa to strengthen my bones. I have been through 5 more courses of radiation treatments, and I've been on chemo since April 2010. My current chemo is Abraxane, which I started on June 25. I will most likely be on some kind of chemo for the rest of my life.

I also live with GERD and sciatica, and in the early part of December 2010, was diagnosed with gastroparesis.( Caused by the radiation I had to my upper spine,) I have had to change my diet drastically because of that, I'm basically on a low fiber diet right now, and many of my favorite fruits and vegetables I can no longer eat. I also deal with chronic pain from my various health conditions. My goals now with Spark are not to enable me to live longer, or to try to cure my cancer, but to have the best quality of life possible with the time I have left.

I try as much as I can, despite the limitations I have right now, to eat as healthy as a I can, and to stay as fit as I can. I can longer walk for exercise, but I enjoy chair aerobic DVDs, using my stability ball, and working out with weights.

I am single with two very spoiled indoor only cats, Timmy and Kallie, who are my babies. I no longer work outside the home, because of the health problems associated with my cancer, I had to quit working in November 2008.

I hope that by sharing my journey with cancer, I can help someone else going through the same thing, even if it's just knowing that there is someone else out there who understands.

8/2/2014 Update; I had scans done a couple of weeks ago, the cancer is now spreading to my liver, but so far it's still in the treatable stage.


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MOM2ACAT Got the official word today that I will have to start IV chemo again. :(
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Member Since: 7/3/2006

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My Goals:
* Work in fitness activities on my good days as often as I can

*Keep maintaining my goal weight

*Eat as healthy as I can within the limitations of my diet for GP

My Program:
Now that I am maintaining a healthy diet, I am working on improving my fitness. I keep a hand written food diary to keep me on track, and keep track of my exercise and other goals here on Spark.

As of 10/26/2012, I am still undergoing chemo, which I started again in April 2010. I am limited to what I can do fitness-wise because of the cancer and pain issues, but I do the best I can. My favorite workouts now are chair aerobics.

Life is a work in progress, and while we can never be perfect, that doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to make our lives the best they can be.

Personal Information:
My name is Shari, I'm from I have 2 indoor cats and worked in retail until November 2008. Because of health issues, I quit work and I am now on SSDI.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2003, went through surgery, chemo and radiation. In April of 2007, I was diagnosed with bone mets, I am now living with stage IV breast cancer.

I had to start chemo again in April of 2010, and most likely will be on it for life. I've also been through radiation treatments 5 times since 2007 for bone mets.

Other Information:
I am an avid reader, and I love writing book reviews! I also love crafts, crocheting, needlework and knitting with Knifty Knitter looms.

I love cats; I have 2, Timmy and Kallie, and I consider them my family. So even though I am single, I am not living alone!


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PICKIE98
9/13/2014 7:20:22 AM

Just hoping you have nice weekend.. When does your chemo start up? Praying for smooth sailing in that department...



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JUDITH316
9/13/2014 5:55:53 AM

Morning emoticon Shari

Wishing you Weekend "Showers of Blessings" and cheering you on your journey, emoticon for all your kindness, comments & support on my blogs! It is always appreciated...

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Wanted you to know you are being thought of today, your status says you have to start Chemotherapy again, any word on when it begins? Just want you to know I'm praying!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL
9/12/2014 4:51:49 PM

Thanks for the tip about the Campbells butternut squash soup. I like butternut squash soup, so I'll give it a try as long as it's dairy free. I found Amy's makes a qluten free and dairy free mac and cheese that is surprisingly good for my mac attacks. Since i found out that I had Celiac sprue, I've been gluten free and avoiding dairy because 80% of people with gluten intolerant also have a casin intolerance too.



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OPALMOON
9/12/2014 11:56:46 AM

Hi Shari,
You are most welcome for the goodie! I am relieved to hear Rhonda and your Mom will be able to take turns taking you for your treatment and home again. I very much hope both Rhonda and Beverly are doing as well as possible...and that Timmy continues to improve. I hope you have got through the rest of the week and that you are able to do something enjoyable over the weekend.
Love and hugs,
Nattacia

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BETHGILLIGAN
9/11/2014 8:04:45 PM

Thanks for your comments on my blog! I think the cooler weather is due here over the weekend! Problem is that means Saturday will be rainy. emoticon It's always something!!



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