Amanda has been married to her wonderful husband Shawn for 8 years and they have two amazing boys. This is her story:
My first cancer diagnosis was on September 23, 2010 with stage 3 breast cancer. It was a very fast growing cancer that was not detectable just 6 months prior, as I had a baseline mammogram.
This meant 6 months of chemotherapy, 3 months and radiation and 10 surgeries to boot, by the end of 2011. My sons were 5 yrs and 7 months old when I found out, meaning I wasn’t able to take care of them because of chemo and radiation transference. The tumor in my left breast grew another 5 cm while I was going through treatment, meaning chemotherapy was unsuccessful. So, I went on to have 42 radiation treatments as a precaution, also unsuccessful as you can see.
By July of 2012 I was unable to walk, using the furniture and walls to move around my home. I was in excruciating pain in my right hip and back. I went through all of this to find out the breast cancer had moved to my bones and spine on September 5, 2012.
The cancer centers here in KC were telling me there was no more they could do. But if you know me at all, that was unacceptable to me, and I looked elsewhere for help. All indicators pointed to MD Anderson in Houston. So I have been going there since, and with great results.
I have been living with breast cancer for 6 years now, and I have since started my own social media consulting company in order to continue bringing in income. People were already asking for my advise and help, may as well make some money too. This is something I can do from home and at the hospital, as I travel quarterly for treatments and scans at MD Anderson in Houston.
Thank you for your support and I will continue to update my blog with my cancer journey. I am committed to telling my story until we find answers.
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