Cathleen's Road to Recovery
Organized by: Sara Flowers
In 2013 Cathleen Flowers was diagnosed with breast cancer. She immediately underwent chemotherapy which nearly killed her, as her body didn't take to the treatment well due to her other autoimmune issues. Because the chemo was stopped due to the rapid health decline, the doctor's recommended a mastectomy. Due to the aggressive properties of the cancer in her breast, she was told that she will know if the cancer will ever come back within 5 years. Almost exactly a year later, the cancer was back, and it was in her lungs. It was diagnosed as stage 4, and she made the courageous decision to leave it alone as she was done being poked and prodded. Cathleen wanted to live life to the fullest and go on adventures rather than be sick for the rest of her life with the treatments they were offering. Another year went by, and in March of 2016 there was a hospital scare where Cathleen stayed for a couple days in the hospital due to some severe pain surrounding her lung area. It ended up being a pulled muscle and she was discharged from the hospital with the promise to follow up with her oncologist. She went and met with her doctor and asked about a second opinion from the Cancer Treatment Center of America. The oncologist immediately agreed that would be the place to go, so the appointment was scheduled and she was off to Georgia! While there, they wanted everything from head to toe examined and on the last day there, a CT scan of her head revealed a brain tumor. She was immediately admitted to the hospital in Georgia, and was started on a whole new regiment. Further tests show that her cancer has spread to her brain as well as her liver. Due to the brain tumor and the swelling in her brain, Cathleen had seizure activity that has really drained her body of extra energy and strength. Through this medicine regiment that was provided to help combat the seizures and the swelling in her brain, Cathleen has also developed diabetes. The doctors are unsure if when the medicine decreases if the diabetes will reverse. The doctors are confident that they can beat this, but we are going to need some help. The treatment will entail a form of chemo and we are also looking into Stem Cell Research shots. In the past when the breast cancer first happened, she was given the opportunity to get a stem cell shot and it was an extremely well (probably the best) received form of medicine in Cathleen. Her body reacted very well and had lots of progress in a short amount of time. That opportunity of the Stem Cell has been opened again to her, however, as it is still in the early stages of being released, the cost is high. In addition, medical bills are piling up and we want to continue the treatment so as to gain more precious time. The thoughts and prayers have been overwhelming and much needed. Please keep those up in the journey that she has ahead of her – it will be long and tough, but it’s just another thing that she is taking on with grace and pure class.