My Timeline

March 27, 2015
I was admitted to St. Vincent’s Hospital, Green Bay, for suspected cancer.

March 28, 2017
My first of a few surgeries, to place a metal rod inside of my left femur and a screw in my hip, as the cancer had damaged the bone, and it was very close to shattering.

March 31, 2017
Dr. Volk, an oncologist with Green Bay Oncology, confirmed the diagnosis of Stage IV metastatic breast cancer.  I subsequently had ten days of radiation in three places-neck, spine, and hip.

There are cancerous lesions in my skull, neck, spine, ribs, pelvis, and femur.  Thankfully, all in the bones and not in any organs.

June 4, 2015
I had surgery to have my Power Port installed.

September 30, 2015
Another surgery, this time to have my ovaries removed.  I had a hysterectomy in 2008, but the ovaries were left.  Now, I don’t have to have any more Zoladex shots in my stomach every month!

February-March, 2017
It was during this time that I developed pneumocytis, which didn’t allow me to breath very well.  My oxygen was at dangerously low levels, so I spent 2-1/2 weeks at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay for treatment.  I was diagnosed with MAC (mycobacterium avium complex), a lung disease, at that time.

June, 2017
Fifteen minutes before I am wheeled in to have back surgery at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, I developed cellulitis.  I spent a week at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, and gave myself antibiotics through my port for the following three weeks.

August, 2017
Having a severely herniated disk in my lower back, which caused me to not be able to walk very well as well as have excruciating pain, I had back surgery at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

I also have two compression fractures (T10 and L3) due to the cancer.