This is a complex post, so please read to the end to make sure you get the whole story. It's actually an encouraging one, so bear with me as I explain. I am in for a journey, but it's not a bleak one.

First the practical updates. New England is being pelted with snow. There's a state of emergency and the accumulation is four feet deep in my yard. Understandably, I was not able to make it into Boston Monday for my in-person follow up and stitches removal. We're housebound, and I'm soaking up the homebody vibes, making Valentine's decorations instead of trying to save the world.

My neurosurgeon, a sparkling young world-class Harvard professor with a heart of gold and nerves of steel called us with the pathology results to finally give us details about the tumors removed from my brain. Oddly, every major surgery I've had has been performed by a woman - and they've all been over-the-top competent. This doctor trains neurologists in this procedure and also holds a PhD in physics from MIT. I could have searched the globe and not found a more skilled ally.

So the results? As "99% expected" (as they told us in advance), the two tumors are indeed metastases of the breast cancer.

Now you may think this is a bad thing (and I suppose mets are never a good thing), but there are major factors that distinguish my case from nearly every other case of metastatic brain cancer on the planet. Normally, by the time you get brain mets, you're riddled with cancer elsewhere, so it's often perceived as a sign of the end, but that is simply not the case with me. As you know if you have been following my cancer journey through my radio show or blog, I have taken a radically different approach to this scourge of a disease, characterized by lots of hands-on, practical, research-based intervention and management. We have not been idle.

At every turn and twist of this process, I have availed myself of state-of-the-art, cutting-edge treatments not available to the general public, clawing my way into a trial at Dana Farber for an extraordinarly effective drug called TDM-1 (now Kadcyla - see this cool video), and tetrathiomolybdate (TM) for copper depletion through Cornell. My husband has spent thousands of hours researching supplements and the latest research on systemic met prevention, and he lovingly brings me 25-40 supplement capsules a day, ranging from coreolus mushroom, holy basil, and curcumin, to ashwaganda, boswellia, and hawthorn. When chest wall radiation posed a threat to my heart, I sought out a novel approach that protected my heart completely, and was one of its pioneers at my radiation facility.

We have wrested the wheel out of the hands of people who would steer us down back roads more times than I can count, most recently by hiring a snowplow during a blizzard at 3:00 AM to drive me 50 miles to a world class neurosurgery unit for emergency surgery rather than go to a smaller local facility with fewer resources when the ambulance refused to drive me there during a state-wide weather travel ban.

We have become savvy, adept, well-informed, and powerful advocates for my health, as a result of our advanced Harvard degrees and training, our inexhaustable research skills, our faith in God, and our overwhelming desire to beat this disease and allow me to live many more years of productive life. Oh, and don't forget a big dose of tenacity on both our parts. My husband was a chess champion back in school, and it has been a thrill to watch the most brilliant mind I have ever known direct all those chess moves at my survival. He is a formidable opponent to this foe we both face.

That background should give a sense of how far from of the statistical norm I already am. But there's more. Usually, brain lesions are inoperable, due to the complex architecture of the brain, and cannot be removed. So managing them becomes an issue of trying to irradiate them into submission and hoping they do not grow. In my case, which is only true 15% of the time, both tumors could be reached and removed entirely, with no neurological damage to me whatsoever. Whatever was in my head is gone, gone, gone, and whatever margins around it might still hold traces of cancer are about to be nuked with 3-5 treatments of targeted radiation, which I welcome. So my brain will soon be cancer-free.

All of these things make me a statistical anomoly. The result of the care I have taken means I do not have cancer anywhere else in my body. My breast, bones, lungs and liver are all 100% clear, to the astonishment of every doctor that has confirmed this repeatedly by CT and PET scans. I had yet another one just two weeks ago and it was clean too. In sum, I've been doing things right, so the rest of me is cancer-free.This is almost unheard of, particularly given the drastic state I started this journey back in 2011 when I was diagnosed with virulent Stage IIIC, Her2+, locally advanced, highly aggressive breast cancer. It takes a lot to beat that!

I cannot find other women who have had this experience of being cancer-free elsewhere, while developing 100% removable, irradiatable brain mets, so we have little to go on as to my long-term prognosis. Please ignore the bleak statistics you find on the Internet because they apply to a completely different, gravely ill population that has little resemblance to me. The only other woman my husband could find whose disease presented the same way mine did, with no cancer elsewhere and removable brain mets, is still going strong ten years later. So that's an encouragement. I hope she lives to be 100!

We are of course, not going to just sit around and hope that magically happens here. Dana has already scoped out a ton of trials that I might qualify for that will keep me ahead of the cancer -- one of them as far away as Portugal. (How would that be for a dream food-medical vacation? ;)

Take heart. Despite what the charlatans claim, the reputable medical community is devoting nearly limitless brainpower and resources to this fight, and brilliant researchers are making life-saving breakthroughs every day. If there is a trial that will save my life, by the Lord's grace I will find it, and I plan to be with you for many, many healthy years to come.

p.s. Lord willing, I will be back on the air this Thursday with a live update on all of this in Hour 1, and I have scheduled James Perloff (author of Tornado in a Junkyard) to discuss Darwin's birthday during Hour 2. I know my listeners are not the call-in crowd, but please humor me and call in if I ask you to. :)

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  • Sandy
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    I am just speechless. I just watched your video. The faith, the journey, the energy, and the praise that you give our Lord is overwhelming inspirational. Simply, thank you.

  • Jim McGraw
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Thank you for letting us know what is going on.

    I firmly believe that your "big dose of tenacity" is the most powerful weapon against cancer and indeed other illnesses. I love that you have that weapon in spades.

    Thank your husband for us for all he has done for those of us addicted to albrechtian information

    JIm

    Still keeping you and yours in prayers.

  • PANTEA FATOURETCHI
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Dear Katherine, I applaud your courage, faith and strong will. You are an example for every woman out in the world. Keep the fight.
    much love
    Pantea from France

  • PANTEA FATOURETCHI
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Dear Katherine, you are an example of courage , faith and love for every woman in the world. Keep the fight.
    Much love
    Pantea from France

  • Don
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    :)

  • Barry
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Katherine I am so glad to hear the positive prognosis. It seems increasingly difficult to find reliable broadcasts shining forth in the current media fog. After losing Dr. Stan last year it would be discouraging to so soon after lose another dependable voice of freedom. As a previous listener stated you are like an old friend without ever having met you. When we meet on the other side of glory I will have a big hug for you my sister in Christ. You remain in our prayers. Keep up the good fight.

  • michelle
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Katherine, Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are not alone on your road to recovery. You have so many of us out here praying for you! :)

  • Melissa Yokota
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Hello Katherine! My goodness.... you are such an inspiration for all woman! I am so happy to see you are reaching out with "your" story- I have been thinking of you often and perhaps this was why? I am hoping this is the latest blog and that all is still well with you- All our prayers to you and your family. Love the Yokota Family from Steamboat CO xo

  • Nancy
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Dear Katherine,
    What a testimony to your personal faith and trust in God! You are such a strong and courageous woman! You are so encouraging to others, even as your journey takes you where most of us have never been or hope to ever be. Thank you for the inspiration and knowledge you so freely give to your listeners from your heart. You do seem like a friend to me, even though we have never met. I am praying for you to have a complete recovery and to be cancer free! Your husband and son are also in my thoughts and prayers as they care for you. Looking forward to hearing you tomorrow. "The LORD your God loves you." (Deuteronomy 23:5)
    Your sister in Christ,
    Nancy

  • Beta
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Wonderful news! Also, never overlook the power of prayer. My daughter when going through sucessful heart valve surgery said that she could feel people praying for her.

  • Denise Benn
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    PRAISE GOD
    Words can not convey my happiness that all worked for the greater good !!!
    Be Blessed.......

  • Scott Williamson
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Katherine, you lovely Lady, I will pray to my Great Creator and ask for your complete and speedy recovery. You are one of the few people I follow on the internet real truth broadcasts. May G-d bless you with his compassionate grace. My love and hopes for your long and continued good and and happy life. Thank you for all of the awakening you have delivered to me. Do what is best for you. Bless you so much.

  • Lisa French
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Praise God!!!
    Reading What You've Gone Through Thus Far
    Only Encourages Me!!!

    God Took My Best Friend Home In 2008
    After Her Battle With Cancer;
    I Wish I Could Say That I Wasn't Angry With Him For Awhile
    But Years Later, I See That HER Work Was Done.

    I'm Sending My Prayers For You
    And Understanding That He Alone Is Sovereign Helps Me
    To Remember My Dear Friend With A Smile & Not A Sigh. :)
    God Bless You Katherine

  • Celeste
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Katherine,

    Thank you for your encouraging words and inspiration of faith. Your unfolding testimony has moved me greatly and I hope to share it with others in this valley who are in need of your example from one who has been in the trenches. One stone cast into a pond, rippling out to those spiritually and physically in need.

    God bless you, Dana, and your family journey. May you and your family find favor from our merciful God & Healer. Our prayers are behind each one of you as you face the unknown and a medical Goliath.

    I pray for wisdom and compassion for each of you and your attending medical vessels.

    Whenever I pray for you I think of the Psalm 56:8 where God personally collects our tears in His tear-bottle. Not one falls that He does not collect. I sometimes wonder if those collected tears are not the moisture that is applied to our dried bones at resurrection.

    Ever in prayer! Love, hugs, and blessings!
    Celeste

  • Kay Kurth, Ministry Assistant
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Wishing you the best in your treatment, your radio show and your faith!

  • Coach
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Katherine, I too am a lucky patient of MGH's Neurosurgery having had surgery there in 2005 & 2006. They are clearly the best and brightest, much like yourself and your husband. What can I say other than "look at me, thriving almost 10 years post surgery"!!! And you will too. Continued progress and I'm looking forward to sharing my PSNH Smartmeter story with you once you are back in the groove! Peace.

  • Jerry Stevens
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Hello there Katherine, Jerry and Deb from Austin here with some love and scripture. Since we heard about your recent situation your name is in multiples in our daily prayers. We are extremely thankful for all that you have done for all of the rest of us and for all that you will continue to do. We miss your voice on the air and pray that your return will be sooner than soon.

    "Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help. (He 4:16)"

  • Stacy Harp
    2 years ago - Reply - Link

    Awesome! :)

  • Myla
    1 year, 12 months ago - Reply - Link

    My dad always explained the scripture you are more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthens you when I was a kid. He said it's like someone who trained for a marathon, won the marathon, and then donated the money to help the poor. I always wondered why someone would do all that training and running just to give the prize and glory away. I also wondered how hard it would be to give your all everyday in trAining knowing all you're doing is for someone else. I'm amazed at your story and how humbled you are through this, giving God all glory. I'm floored at your ability to conquer these challenges with so much vigor that you encourage me with my little itty bitty teeny tiny issues. Hearing you story sheds so much understanding on that scripture. May you and your husband live very very long!!!!! Welcome back!

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