This weeks Wednesday's WhatNexter of the Week is PackerBacker who has fought Lung Cancer, Head & Neck Cancer and Adult Sarcoma. Currently After being told it was tongue cancer, then that the primary was lung cancer, now they tell her she has sarcoma, a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, more specifically. We asked for a little information about her journey with cancer and here is her story. We are glad to have her with us at WhatNext, drop by her profile page and drop a note of encouragement as she continues to fight the fight. Click HERE to see her profile.
In around June of 2011, my life changed forever. What I thought was an earache from dental work turned out to be a cancerous tumor on my tongue. 7 weeks of daily radiation and weekly chemo left me feeling extremely fatigued and nauseous. After finding a new lesion in my lung, I had more chemo, which didn’t work. A PET scan 12/11/12 revealed 6 new lesions throughout my body. A biopsy of a lymph node will hopefully help them to find the chemo that will work. I have been given 2-3 years left to live.
I take medication to help me stay awake, to ease the nausea, and to relieve the pain. I hate taking all these medications and the fact that I need them. I know, however, that I could be doing much worse. These side effects are somewhat tolerable – I function fairly normally. I am grateful that I am tolerating treatment as well as I have. I know it could be so much worse.
I am a little afraid of dying because my faith is a struggle for me. I am trying to improve that area of my life. Family and friends are more important than ever, and I enjoy every moment I have with them. My husband is my rock and supports me through everything. We laugh together and cry together, but we all remain hopeful, that I will live way past the 2-3 years I have been given.
I felt alone, like no one understood what I have been going through. I found WhatNext on the internet and I have found that many people feel just like I do. I feel so fortunate to have found it because I’m not going through this journey alone anymore. I get a great deal of comfort from what people on the site have to say. I have questions that the people on the site answer, and I am able to share some of my experiences with others to hopefully ease their fears. That helps me to feel better about myself because I’m not as productive as I would like to be. If I can offer some comfort or words of wisdom, that makes my day. I’m so happy I found WhatNext!
Thanks to PackerBacker for sharing her story of perseverance. We wish her the best as she fights on. Leave a message of encouragement below, or drop by her page and tell her to keep the fight up.
Watch for another inspiring story from another of our WhatNexters next week, if you would like to be profiled drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org