This is my inspiration. Elaine. This is her story and how she fights everyday to be part of tomorrow.
Easter 2006: Freckle on back of hand had got darker, itchy, bleeding. Freckle removed
May 2006: Told freckle Cancerous
22nd May 2006: Further op to remove more skin from around area to ensure all cancer
Follow Ups: Every 3 months for first 3 years. Every 6 months next 4 & 5 years.
Nov 2011: 5 year discharge with less than 5% of cancer returning.
Dec 2012: The Little Fucker returners
Dec 2012: Found lump in right armpit. Told was probably infection in lymph nodes.
Lump got bigger
25th April 2013: Tumour removed from armpit in Breast Care clinic
12th May 2013: Results show NOT breast cancer but Melanoma (skin cancer)
23rd July 2013: All lymph nodes removed from right armpit at Stoke Mandeville
July 2013: Agreed to go on clinical trail Braf for mutation of melanoma
Had numerous test to see if healthy enough to take part in tests.
9th Sept 2013: Had call whilst on holiday to say as result of test a shadow found in left breast
Sept 2013: Had Ultra sound scan on breast, nothing showed up so they won’t do
Mammogram. Scheduled a 3 month check
Dec 2013: Had ultra sound and mammogram, showed 3.5cm lump. Biopsy inconclusive
May 2014: Another lump removed from left breast. Radio Therapy
July 2014: Radio Therapy every day for 3 weeks BUT 3rd day of treatment found lump in Stomach. Initial thoughts pulled muscle/hernia. Sent straight to ultra sound
Morning radio therapy, afternoon surgery to remove 2.5cm tumour from stomach.
Dec 2014: 2 further tumours removed. 1 from groin, 1 from erector spinae muscle (big muscle running down back) only part of tumour removed, couldn’t remove all
Jan 2015: Tumour removed from groin
Jan 2015: Started on drug Ipilimumab, Melanoma loved it, had 4 doses and gain more
1 in gluteus minimus, 1 in each lung, back tumour gown, blood clot and
tumour on shoulder named zaphod (by Elaine it’s not a medical term!)
Jan 2015: Learnt to self inject
May 2015: Drug treatment of Tembrolizumad intravenously every 4 weeks. Veins shot so had pick line fitted.
May 2015: Inflammation in pelvis, all swollen.
August 2015: After 4 lots of Tembrolizumad scan showed Decrease in lung tumour BUT
increase in all other tumours plus new tumour in Sternum.
25th Aug 2015: Verm drug, 12 days on drug excruciating pain in now swollen joints, on
morphine, came out in rash from head to foot, emergency appointment.
Sept 2015: 36 Days on drug started to work, back pain went,
4 days later could physically see tumour shrinkage.
12 days later drugs back to poison body, treatment stopped.
8th Oct 2015: Offered to go on drugs trail Babrafenib – Logic 2 trail.
Had all tests to ensure well enough to go on it.
Nov 2015: Got call from doc to say; Can’t go on trail because
NO MEASURABLE DISEASE!!
Nov 2015: 4 weekly visits for scans, reductions on dosage, breaks in drug taking.
Aug 2016 Stopped treatment. 6weeks with no problems
10th Nov 2016: The LITTLE FUCKER is back and in the brain
13th Dec 2016: Gamma Knife surgery to remove brain tumour.
Today: How are you Brookie? Anaesthetic worn off so pin site a bit uncomfortable.
She’s a Bloody marvel!!!