My name is Kim Farnham and I'm 54 years old. I bled heavily for years, and I was continually told it was normal; I was perimenopausal even though my bloodwork showed I wasn't. I was too young to have cancer and it couldn't be cancer because I wasn't in menopause. I had to really fight for someone to take me seriously.
I was originally diagnosed in October 2019, with stage 1, grade 1 endometrial adenocarcinoma. I only required surgery, no other treatment. My chance of recurrence was 5%.
Fast forward to August 2022, I started having UTI symptoms that didn't resolve with antibiotics. My primary care sent me to a urologist in October for further evaluation. He was completely dismissive and determined I had an overactive bladder. I let my crazy fly and he ordered a CT scan to appease that crazy. That scan showed multiple nodules along my abdominal wall, a mass above and pushing into my bladder and another mass near my umbilical area. Took another month for the bladder cancer folks and my oncologist to schedule a biopsy so we could determine if my cancer was back or was this a new cancer.
My cancer was back, I was shell shocked.
I've done six rounds of Carbo/Taxel and one infusion of Avastin. Doctor is trying to get approval for Keytruda, so far, it's been denied because the chemo is working. Latest scan showed shrinking and nothing new!
I truly believe keeping a positive attitude is key to beating this beast. I found the following sayings right after being diagnosed and I love by them now.
“I’m gonna make the rest of my life the best of my life.” - Unknown
“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.” – Original Words by Rachel Marie Martin findingjoy.net The Brave Art of Motherhood
Every day is a new opportunity to find joy and gratitude. Attached is a picture of myself, husband, and our grandsons; they are my everything!