I am participating in the 2020 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
As many of you know, my sister Alicia was first diagnosed in March of 2018 with DCIS which then became invasive. After a lumpectomy, it was staged 1B (ER+, PR-, HER2+), and after two surgeries and lymph node removal she completed chemotherapy, radiation, and began hormone therapy and a year of adjuvant chemo (Herceptin). She completed her last infusion in July of 2019.
Five months later, she was overcome with pain in her ribs. She attributed it to a pulled muscle and after weeks of discomfort, she went to urgent care. The doctors there saw masses on the ultrasounds in her liver and lungs and sent her to the ER for a CT scan. Alicia called me in a panic, and I rushed to the hospital with my mother. We were there for hours and after talking to her oncologist at around 2am, they decided to admit her for a biopsy. The biopsy showed that cancer had metastasized in her liver and lungs, and she has been undergoing chemo ever since. She is currently on her second line of treatment, TDM-1, which recently came off trials. I am grateful for the research that has allowed these treatments to be developed, and that keep Alicia alive, and continue to give her hope.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!