cancer will not beat us : lets be proactive and win this battle.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
be more then just a survivor
bringing awareness to a condition that my mom might have is now more important then ever
since its a rare thing people might not even know about untill u have a disease that needs u take so many different blood tests. my mom janet davis is a survivor of plenty of things. she has a had a stroke along time ago, kidney disease, diabetis, and plenty of other things. u may know her as a sparker sort of because she is very busy monitering everything but i know her more as a mom. we have our days but we are there for eachother deep down no matter what. her screen name is tenaj772 on spark. i aprreciate all of your support and love through all. this is new to me but we have battled other diseases together so we can survive all.
here is some deffinitions of things in my blog.
cancer : NOUN
1. malignant tumor: a malignant tumor or growth caused when cells multiply uncontrollably, destroying healthy tissue. The different forms are sarcomas, carcinomas, leukemias, and lymphomas.
2. illness caused by tumor: the illness or condition that is caused by the presence of a malignant tumor
3. fast-spreading bad phenomenon: something, usually something negative, that develops or spreads quickly and usually destructively
MGUS is a condition that affects a type of white blood cell known as a plasma cell. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell that produce special proteins, known as antibodies or immunoglobulins. These antibodies circulate in the blood, ready to attack any viruses and bacteria that may be present in the body. When an abnormally large amount of one particular antibody is produced, this is called monoclonal gammopathy. All the antibodies are identical.
Multiple myeloma, also known as plasma cell myeloma, is the second-most common cancer of the blood. It is the most common type of plasma cell neoplasm. Multiple myeloma accounts for approximately 1% of all cancers and 2% of all deaths from cancer. Multiple myeloma is a disease in which malignant plasma cells spread through the bone marrow and hard outer portions of the large bones of the body. These myeloma cells may form tumors called plasmacytomas. Eventually, multiple soft spots or holes, called osteolytic lesions, form in the bones. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue within the bones. The breastbone, spine, ribs, skull, pelvic bones, and the long bone of the thigh all are particularly rich in marrow. Bone marrow is a very active tissue that is responsible for producing the cells that circulate in the blood. These include the red blood cells that carry oxygen, the white blood cells that develop into immune system cells, and platelets, which cause blood to clot.
u might or might not know my mom may potentially may have a rare cancer in the bone marrow but we dont know yet. she has taken all of the bood tests and is awaiting the results of them. now we know what its like when u have to wait wait and more waiting to see if u have to survive something else. the tests. it might take 2 weeks or so to come back. so when i get the results u guys will be the first to know. she will also have to do a bone scan and a bone marrow biopsy. u might wonder how we got here to cancer potential and thats a long one. everytime she goes to a doctor they do a test for anemia and they have been finding an abnormal protein for awhile but the level of the protei increased so much she was told to go to the hemotologist / oncology department. we learned that its ok to have the abnormal protein but the quanity is the key. it is ok to have that as i said before and the true true real technical wording of the is haveing an MGUS or MULTIPLE GAMMOPATHY OF UNDETERMINED SIGNIFICANCE. the protein is called an M protein. the doctor told us that people with the M protein each yr gains 1% chance of haveing this PLASMA CELL MYELOMA cancer after knowing u have the certain protein. eventually she will need to have a bone marrow biopsy in a few weeks and then after that they will tell us more. hopefully we will know sooner then later. we have never really have never talked about cancer before. maybe once with my step dad he had throat cancer but i was alittle kid. i have learned that some things u could have done nothing to prevent this. so we have to wait and move on. if this is the C word we will have to battle and win ti because cancer wont beat us. we are a strong unit and with all of u sparkers out there we can survive and pass by cancer. my mom is not acting any different then she useually does but alittle tired which might not be anything to do with this. thank u all i will post more later about how she is doing.,