Sunday, July 11, 2010

Blog Bash :)

Blog Bash

This blog bash looked like fun so I figured I join in =)

So you want to know something about me huh? I hate talking about myself but here goes.

I'm 30, married to the love of my life and mommy to the 2 greatest little boys ever!! Nathan is 5 and starts kindergarten in the fall! Colin will be 3 in August. They are typical boys. They love to be wild, crazy & loud. The dirtier the better! I wouldn't have it any other way.
Nick & I
Momma & her boys
The whole fam :)

I've had Melanoma since September 2008. I went to the doctor for some shoulder pain and come out with a cancer diagnosis. Not what I expected, AT ALL. It's stage 4, the worst stage, just my luck. My melanoma is not on the outside of my body, it's internal. Right outside of my left lung is where the largest tumor is located. I have some smaller tumors located lower in my abdomen and one in my left breast. Ugh that one hurts like a bitch!! Just washing myself in the shower with a loofah hurts...anyways I'm going to start I've done experimental drugs, chemotherapy, radiation & IL-2. The IL-2 was supposed to be "the one" that would pretty much shrink my tumors to nothing. Ya not so much. I did 2 rounds of it and each time I had to be in the hospital for 1 week. It was hell on earth. I couldn't eat, I couldn't stop throwing up, I couldn't stop shitting, I felt like I had been hit by a bus, I would shake uncontrollably because I was so cold then I would be burning up, my skin was so dry and it was peeling off my body SO badly, my feet & legs swelled up like sausages. It was horrible. Then when we were finally able to see if it worked, we found out it didn't :( It shrunk the tumors a little bit but not as much as my doctor was hoping. It was such a letdown, especially after how hellish of an experience it was. I'll never do it again. If it had worked I'd have done 1000 rounds of it if it had meant I'd go into remission. We finally found a drug that is working! It's a Phase 1 Trial drug, no name, just letters & numbers. It's working. I just completed Cycle 6. My 1st CT Scan after starting this drug showed that ALL of my tumors shrunk by 32-38%!!!! I was SOOO happy =) So as long as this keeps working this is what I'll be taking.

1.) Why do you blog? to get things off my chest & it's FUN!! :)
2.) What do you blog about? my family, life, my journey w/ cancer
3.) What do you find to be the biggest reward you get from blogging? the encouragement & support
4.) How long have you been blogging? I've had this blog since '07 but just really started blogging in it May of 2010. I was at before this since Feb 2004.
5.) Let's hear the story behind your blog title! :) I'm a mommy and I'm gonna kick cancer's ass. Do I really need to explain that?!? :)


Brittney said...

sorry about the cancer and all the bad experiences but im glad the new drug is working.. sending prayers xoxox!

Kelly said...

Brittney~ Thanks!! I appreciate the prayers!

Have a great week =)

KyAnn (like Cayenne Pepper, only HOTTER) said...

You kick it girl! I'm with you.

Kelly said...

thanks girl!! :)

JoJo said...

I'm so glad you found a drug that's working! I'd love to hear more info on it. Melanoma sucks, but I'm glad your kicking it's ass!

Lucy said...

Dropping by from blog bash and following!

So sad to hear you have this horrible disease but you are going to Kick it's ASS so I want to keep hearing about that and your family!

Lucy from Lucy's Reality!!

Bloggy Blog Designz said...

New follower from the Blog Bash! I saw your blog on the linky and HAD to come over! You kick it girl! You are one tough lady!

Stacey said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the cancer, but I'm glad they have found something that is working for you! I will remember you in my prayers :)

Stopping in from the Blog Bash!

Crazy Brunette said...

I just posted TODAY!!!

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