This quote is great if you look at everything this way it makes you understand people better.
This quote is great if you look at everything this way it makes you understand people better.
Daisy and Zoee play like this from the time they get up in the morning until they go to bed at night.
Being outdoors works out the best because they can run and run and do not have interference.
Inside they drag two baskets of toys from the den to the office.
This was the best thing for Daisy she was very lonely for dog companionship and now she has Zoee. She is not the least bit jealous she is the mother/sister and takes her job quite seriously.
I know Zoee has gained some weight in the last 9 days. Yesterday I added some pumpkin in her diet because that is supposed to help with weight gain.
I hope to get some really good action shots of them running soon.
I was asked if I would do an interview for an article in the Memorial Herman Cancer Journal. It is published a few times a year.
At first, I was a bit hesitant about sharing so much of my story but then I decided maybe if I told my story it might help someone else.
I hope this gives every woman with breast cancer some insight on genetic testing and how important it is, after all, it saved me from having to do chemo and that is a really big deal. Most insurance will pay for this testing because if you do not need chemo it saves them a lot of money.
This article just went online Wednesday I have copy/pasted it below as well as put the link to the actual article on this page.
Sonya Lira has a strong family history of multiple cancers, but when she was tested for genetic mutations that might be linked to her breast cancer, there were none.
“We did comprehensive genetic testing involving a complete gene sequencing of her DNA, testing for all known mutations,” says Anish Meerasahib, MD, a medical oncologist with Texas Oncology, who is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital. “None came back positive.”
Lira’s cancer experience began when she got a call back after a 3-D tomosynthesis mammogram at the Memorial Hermann Outpatient Imaging Center in Pearland. Her biopsy showed early-stage invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast.
At the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast, she met with Oncology Nurse Navigator Krystie Fenton, BSN, RN, OCN.
“I wouldn’t have made it through without Krystie,” Lira says. “She provided enormous support and also connected me with my amazing treatment team – Dr. Meerasahib, Dr. Garner and Dr. Yang.”
Glen Garner, MD, a general surgeon affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, scheduled her for surgery in December 2017. “Given the small size of the tumor, we thought it would be an uncomplicated lumpectomy,” he says. “We removed six sentinel lymph nodes, and when our pathology team examined them, one of the nodes was positive. The tumor biopsy came back with three margins positive for microscopic ductal carcinoma in situ. This was unusual and unexpected in Mrs. Lira’s case, because none of the evidence we had pointed to it.”
“Dr. Garner said we could go back to surgery and try to get clear margins, but if we didn’t get them, I would have to go back to the OR again for a mastectomy,” Lira says. “I said, ‘What if we just go ahead and do a mastectomy?’”
Dr. Garner removed her right breast in January 2018. “I was dreading it because I don’t like to take pain pills,” she says. “But to my surprise, I had no pain after surgery, which was wonderful.”
Her multidisciplinary treatment team recommended radiation to that area of the breast, and as soon as her scars had healed, Lira was scheduled for 33 radiation treatments with Ted Yang, MD, an affiliated radiation oncologist at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast.
“A few years ago we automatically gave patients like Mrs. Lira chemotherapy, hoping that the cancer wouldn’t return, but new data has given us a different perspective on treatment, which has evolved remarkably in the last few years,” Dr. Meerasahib says. “We did the Oncotype DX® test on the tumor sample, which calculates a breast recurrence score that quantifies the risk of recurrence and shows the potential benefit of chemotherapy.
Her score was low, which means she would not derive any significant benefit from chemotherapy. She was fortunate. If we had not ordered that test, reflexively we would have given her chemotherapy.”
Testing showed that her tumor was positive for estrogen and progesterone but negative for HER2/Neu. “When there are microscopic cells, they could evolve into cancer in the future. We started her on Letrozole®, an aromatase inhibitor and anti-estrogen medicine used in the treatment of hormonally responsive breast cancer.
Her chance of cure is in the range of the high 90th percentile. My plan is to keep her on Letrozole for at least five years, and we may extend it longer depending on her how well she does.
“Mrs. Lira’s case was unusual in that she presented with a small breast tumor that involved the lymph glands,” he adds.
“Generally when there is involvement of the lymph glands, the tumor is aggressive, but in her case it wasn’t, as confirmed by further testing that told us more about her very favorable tumor biology. These newer tests help us choose personally tailored treatments that are more effective.”
Lira says she knew she had cancer even before the biopsy. “I knew it from the time I got the call back from the Outpatient Imaging Center. But I was always positive about the outcome,“ she says.
“I’m really pleased with all my doctors. I couldn’t have gotten through my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment without them and without surrounding myself with supportive, positive family and friends – and most of all my husband, Jack, of almost 40 years.”
During the course of her treatment, Dr. Meerasahib ordered a bone density scan that revealed mild osteopenia. He prescribed a new medication delivered by injection every six months to prevent the disorder from progressing to osteoporosis.
Lira, who is 58 and a former smoker, also had a low-dose CT scan for lung cancer. She met the criteria: ages 55 to 77 years, asymptomatic of lung cancer, tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years and a current smoker or one who has quit within the last 15 years.
The scan revealed a few spots that are too small for a PET scan or biopsy.
“It’s extremely unlikely that the spots are related to breast cancer, and most of the time lung nodules are benign,” Dr. Meerasahib says. Lira is seeing pulmonologist Mohammad F. Siddiqui, MD, also affiliated with the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center- Southeast, who will have the nodules rescanned at three months.
“Mrs. Lira has a comprehensive idea of her disease process and is always willing to take the extra step to improve her health,” Dr. Meerasahib adds. “She’s a joy to work with.”
Today is my Mother in Law’s 90th. birthday.
Last weekend we had a big birthday party outdoors at her house there were over 100 people there.
She is very active and she says that it is to keep her mind strong.
My Mother in law is one of those people who does not bad mouth others. I respect this woman so so much for that.
She is one of the strongest Christians I know. She spends 5 days of 7 days at the church making rosaries, quilts for the bazaar and they do other odds and ends.
If that is not enough she makes quilts, lap quilts etc for all her family. She loves reading and reads a book on most days.
She has 4 siblings 3 brothers and 1 sister and with counting her 3 are in their 90’s and 2 are in their late 80’s. It is such a blessing to be able to celebrate her 90th birthday with all of them.
Happy Birthday to her today and we love her very much.
Today would have been my Dads 78th. birthday.
My dad was my hero and that will never change.
Memories are something we will always have but my grief is still there. It has been four years since cancer took my dads life.
Happy Birthday Dad I love you!
I have been so stressed out the last few months due to the Lung CT I had 3 months ago.
I smoked for many years but quit almost 11 years ago. Smoking always has consequences and I knew this at the time.
It seems I destroyed part of my lungs and have 48% usage of them. The part I destroyed is the alveoli which is the part that mixes the blood and oxygen.
This explains the shortness of breath I have been having and it is caused by Emphysema once you destroy part of your lungs you never get that back again. I rarely cough from this which is a good thing. My dad had this but had a horrible cough to go with it.
On Friday I did the 25 minutes worth of breathing test at the pulmonologist office and found out I have Asthma.
Now I am armed with an Asthma medication and two inhalers that means I am ready to deal with this.
I love spending time outdoors whether it’s working in the yard or walking on trails with nature all around and taking pictures of its beauty. I enjoy bike riding and playing fetch with Miss Daisy I will not give these up because they are all very important to me.
I recently have found a love for making stuff with concrete but now I will wear a mask I should have been doing this before.
Life is full of obstacles that try to stop us from doing the things we enjoy. Never give up on the things that you love doing just make adjustments to fit your new lifestyle.
Nothing can stop you from living life other than yourself.
This is for anyone who is currently smoking or has ever smoked this could also be used for those who were around secondhand smoke.
I quit smoking 10 – years ago but smoked for many many years.
There are many new studies showing that a low dose CT scan can find early lung cancer as small as a grain of rice.
I had my LDCT done on Monday and I see a pulmonologist next week to explain the results to me. It was literally a 5-minute test and no tunnels that is a big plus. Our insurance paid for it at 100% so there was no out of pocket.
This American Cancer Society recommends yearly screening for lung cancer for people who are 55 – 74 years old. If you are a current smoker or a smoker who has quit in the last 15 years. If you have a 30 pack a year smoking history.
Tell your Dr. you are interested in doing an LDCT scan. It could increase the quality of your life or possibly find early cancer.
I am doing really good & healing quite well from both surgeries.
The biggest problem I am having right now is I cannot lift my arms above my shoulders. It seems that everything I want to do I need to lift my arms lol.
There is still some test we are waiting for but the surgeon said they should be back next week. These test will tell us my exact treatment plan since we had some unexpected things show up after the lumpectomy and lymph node removal testing came back.
This could change what happens first in my case but there is lab testing that helps the oncologist decide. They are running the Oncotype DX on my tumor this also tells us the chance of recurrence.
I have a very positive outlook on life and my cancer even though it was IDC which is aggressive cancer but it was caught early. I have an amazing team of Dr’s. who are looking out for me?
My husband Jack is my rock and he has helped me so much since this all started in November.
I am only surrounding myself with those family members and friends who are loving, supportive, positive, and truly care about me. I do not know what I would have done without you all thank you all for being there for me on this journey you are all wonderful.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and how fast you react determines the outcome.
Cancer I will beat you and I WILL WIN!