"Something has to be done to be able to save loved ones."

I’m sharing my mothers story. I lost my mother on July 28, 2017 at 2:45pm to this horrible disease.

My mother was diagnosed in March 2008 with Stage 1 breast cancer. A yearly mammogram found a 1cm tumor in her right breast. Her oncologist performed a biopsy and, sure enough, it was malignant. She had a mastectomy of her right breast. A lumpectomy showed no evidence of disease in her lymph nodes. She went through 3 months of chemotherapy (Taxol). After the 3 months, they gave her tamoxifen which she took for 5 years. In September 2013, she was cleared since her blood work showed no evidence of disease. She was taken off tamoxifen in September 2013.

In February 2014, my father rushed her to the hospital with chest pain. CT Scan revealed the cancer had spread to her bones. PETScan was performed after and they found the cancer had spread to her lung, ribs and spine. My mother was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer in March 2014. From March 2014 through about June 2017, my mother changed chemotherapy and trial drugs every 3 months. My mother fought this battle with over 26 different types of treatment until her body was too weak to fight and any treatment would make her more sick.

In April 2017, the cancer creeped to her abdomen and ovaries. It was determined that the cancer had changed to triple negative and she would never recover. Lymph nodes blocked her kidneys from draining. She had two catheters put in, but it was too late, her body was not corresponding to any treatment and was referred to hospice in July 2017. She lived 2 weeks and 1 day in hospice before passing. My mother fought hard for 9.5 years. Something has to be done to be able to save loved ones. I miss her dearly and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her.

Gary RickeArizona