The story of an amazing woman, who exemplifies what it is to LIVESTRONG in every way!
"In 2002, when I was 17 years old, I was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma (alveolar soft part sarcoma) of my left calf. After a tumor resection and both external radiation and internal brachytherapy, I continued to receive follow up scans for the next 5 years. In July of 2008, a couple days after graduating nursing school, I had a recurring tumor resected from the right middle lobe of my lungs. And just as my luck would have it, the radiation I received to my leg caused a sarcoma recurrence in the exact same spot! (As to not confuse anybody, I now have had two different types of sarcomas!!) The fabulous people of Dana Farber Sarcoma Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital removed that tumor around Thanksgiving of 2008. So here I am today. On routine follow up scans in September we found a HUGE (ok, I am exaggerating) tumor in my subcarinal region. (I may have had to whip out the 'ol Anatomy book to figure out that the subcarina is in my chest. I don't want to confuse my neuro friends and have you thinking cranial!!). After discussing with my Boston Oncologist and a Thoracic Surgeon, we were all in an agreement to start a clinical trial at the National Health Institute (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. It's a Phase 2 clinical trial for an oral chemotherapy in hopes of shrinking this tumor (I lovingly call it Duncan!) I will be flying back and forth from Phoenix to Bethesda every two weeks. I like to take an entourage with me wherever I go but hope to keep all of my amazing supporters in the loop during my journey!"