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Welcome to my Personal Page! The Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through the beautiful Pacific region taking place in the summer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
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Hello! Once again I am taking on the monumental challenge of riding 250km on a bicycle. Raising funds for cancer research, treatment, and support for those faced with this terrible disease. Cancer dose not discriminate it effects us all! I got very lucky and was able to have a complete response to my treatment with very little side effects! I am extremely greatful for that thank you thankyou thankyou!!
This will be my second year as Team captain for the Melanoma warriors! We are on a mission to make cancer history! So come along to the ride! We are always looking for more people! Or please donate to our page! Stay tunded for lots of exciting events coming up!
Thank you again for your time!
Here is my personal story (the short version)
In 2009 I had a mole removed off of my back. The doctors sent it away for a biopsy. About two weeks later I received a phone call from my doctor. We need to see you, so I went into the office not having a clue what could posiably be wrong. I was told that the mole came back and tested positive for milignant melanoma. Boy was I shocked but I didn't really have a clue what it all meant at that time. It is the most serious form of skin cancer you can have. Would have to have a surgery done called a wide excision. They remove the skin down to its deepest layer. Around certain margins of the original mole site , and would do a lymph node biopsy. Got the results back of the surgery about a month after. No sings of the melanoma spreading we got it all. Ahh what a relief so back I went to normal life, enjoying the sun, doing all the things I love.
Fast forward to May 2015. I was out hiking and I found I was short of breath and get winded quite easily. Also had a large bump starting to form on my head. So into the doctor I go, told him about my bump on my head he said it was probably just a syst. Told him I was having trouble breathing he listened to my chest said I should go for x rays. I went right away. Had the x Ray done and with in about 20 minutes I received a phone call From my doctor you need to go to the emerg in Kamloops your right lung has almost completely colapessed. (Shear fear enters my mind what could it be) I get admited right away. Spend ten days in the hospital they insert a chest drain to drain the fluid. I have a biopsy of my lung done called a bronchial scope not a fun procedure. Day 5 of being in the hospital I get to hear the results of the biopsy with my parents by my side the doctor tells me i have melanoma skin cancer in my lung and around it. My mom and dad where really upset.
So now what? I am put on two oral chemo drugs called checkpoint inhibitors. (Tafinlar and mekinist) get my chest drained once a day. At this point it was more than a litre a day. This was the beginning of June. Three or four months go by and I am doing awesome, the tumour is shrinking the fluid is down to 100 ml a day. I'm thinking F yea I got this...... About October 10th 2015 the fLuid in my chest starts to increase and its increasing very rapidly. I am admited to the hospital here in Kamloops once again. They do a ct scan the cancer is back and very agresive. ( the problem with melanoma is traditional treatments like chemo and radiation do not work) my body had become amine to the drugs. There are no other treatments available in BC at this time. My oncologist at the time was scheduling me to start a trail on a drug called ketruda. I was waiting in the hospital when I received a phone call from my oncologist, this was on the 27 Th of October 2015. They are starting a clinical study in Edmonton of a new immunotherapy treatment and your on the list you need to get to Edmonton tomorrow for your first infusion.
So off I go to Edmonton for my first IV infusion of two immunotherapy drugs called ipiluminab and nivoumab. I would have to stay in Edmonton so they can monitor me every day. My parents end up renting a house for all of us to stay in. About a week into my stay my condition started to deteriorate rapidly. The cancer is making so much fluid that my resting heart rate was at 135 bpm ( beats per minute), I am severely dehydrated cause of how much fluid they are taking out of me. I could not keep anything down. Throw up everything I eat or drink. I am admited to the university hospital. I spend 8 days in the hospital 24 hour a day IV drip. After tap bout 8 days I am stable enough to be moved down the street to the Cross cancer centre. I spend 5 weeks in the cross cancer centre, getting infusions of ipi and nivoumab. I can Bairley walk to the washroom which is 5 feet away. Slowly I start to feel better and better. I get discharged on December 22 nd just before Christmas. I go back to Kamloops for Christmas to spend it with my family. Since then I have to go back to Edmonton every two weeks for an infusion of nivoumab. I am doing great now and feeling strong and heathy. I am one of the lucky ones on this treatment that is not experiencing any side effects. There are 21 of us on this clinical study and I feel since I am not experiencing side effects I should give back to the bc cancer agency for contued research so that one day, if your diagnosed with cancer it will be an easy shot in the arm like a flue shot. It kills me to see so many people die of this disease. Especially the young children.
I am extremely thankful for cancer research and the care I received!!!
I hope my story did not bore you and you found it inspiring. So if you feel like supporting me and my team I would greatly appreciate that. Have a great day
And remember EVERY DAY IS AWESOME! Together we can make a difference thank you for your time
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