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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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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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Member Comments:
ANGELN325
8/16/2014 9:02:47 AM

Thank you for commenting on my blog Things are about to get real. It was a hard decision for me to delve into my past like that, but I needed to do it...for Robin and for all those who lose their battle to those demons every day. I had to face possible judgment to do what's right. People know me now. The past is what helped me get to this place: a strong person who never gives up because she has overcome so much.

I remember when cancer was an unspoken thing, but thanks to people who pushed for awareness and light, it's not taboo or mystery anymore. People battling cancer are not doing so silently. They are being rallied and supported, held up as heroes as they rightly should. You are brave and I pray every day for your good fight. I want mental illness to some day have the same support. I fought hard to get in the light. I fight hard to stay in the light...well, over time, it's getting easier, but can never be too lax. This year has been a real test on my resolve and how to handle my life when the chips are really down and I feel very victorious after getting through this week. I never want to be in that dark place again.



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JANET552
8/16/2014 6:24:11 AM

Thanks for stopping by my shoe blog. It sounded like you could relate.

I hope you are feeling better!!



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8/16/2014 3:12:32 AM

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JUDITH316
8/16/2014 2:03:32 AM

Good Evening emoticon Shari

Cheering you on for a great weekend ahead! Let's Spark on Together!

Also want to say emoticon for your support & valued friendship!

╬═╬ ........."Friendships come and Friendships go
╬═╬ ................Like wave upon the sand
╬═╬ ..........Like day and night Like birds in flight
╬═╬.. ............Like snowflakes when they land
╬═╬............But you and I are something else
╬═╬...............Our friendship's here to stay
╬═╬........Like weeds and rocks and dirty socks
╬═╬.............It never goes away”

**********♥ Friendship is a priceless gift!!

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SUSIEPH1
8/15/2014 6:35:55 PM

Thank you for adding me as a friend ...
So glad you are having the blood transfusion today .. I am sure you will feel much better soon. emoticon emoticon Love Susie ...



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