Jennifer Coy
Jennifer Coy · Mar 17, 2012 at 8:17 am · Published
Bad News
My tumor markers from my most recent check-up shot way up. They more than doubled. That tells us the Afinitor isn't working now. So I had an abdominal CT scan on Wednesday. My previous scan in December showed tumors occupying around 15% of my liver. This scan shows that tumors have taken over 85% of my liver. Additionally, there are only two chemo drugs left that we haven't tried. I see my oncologist on Monday. We may even start one of those drugs. Prayers for healing and miracles welcome.
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Jennifer Coy · Feb 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm · Published
February Already!
Oh so much to tell!   My company closed for the week between Christmas and New Year's as we had another record breaking year of growth.  So I hopped on the web and found a wonderful discount on a package to Oahu, Hawaii.  It was my first trip and I now see why people rave about it.  Weather was amazing. we snorkled with dolphins and saw humpback whales, visited Pearl Harbor and the Polynesian Cultural Center. and relaxed on the beach.  Coming home to the cold and snow was a bummer compared to 80 degree days.   My youngest brother, Bryan, and his wife, Jamie, welcomed their first child into...
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Jennifer Coy · Dec 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm · Published
Test Results are In! Drumroll Please...
Insert sound effect:  WHAA-WHAa-WHaa-whaaaaaa
The disease in my bones shows some improvement while the disease in my liver continues worsening. This is why I am not bouncing back and feeling weaker. My doctor is working on getting approvals for me to take Aromasin with Affinitor. Affinitor is on track for FDA approval in 2012 however I cannot wait that long.   Sad clown today.
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Jennifer Coy · Nov 15, 2011 at 1:35 am · Published
Halavan working?
The Halavan protocol seems to be working. My tumor markers are down (not immesurable, just lower) for the first time since they started spiking in May/June. Also, my doctor couldn't detect my liver by touch -- both good signs. So I am half way through my sixth cycle and we will do tests after Thanksgiving to validate the other indicators that my disease is under control. In addition, I'll get a break from intravenous chemo and switch to pills (the trial I mentioned).   While this is all a big relief, some don't realize fully why so I'll bluntly say it.  

My medical team was quite concerned...
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Jennifer Coy · Oct 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm · Published
Biopsy Results

Getting a liver biopsy was a bit of a longshot.  People who have chronic cancer treatments also have tumors that are learning to adapt to treatments so that they can continue growing and spreading.  Just my luck, even my tumors like to study.  Anyway, when I originally was diagnosed my pathology showed ER+/PR positive, Her2 negative.  These receptors are the targets of most recent and current research as therapies targeting these receptors are less toxic, more targeted and often more effective.  Over the years I've been on two of these targeted therapies and both failed.  The logical...
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Jennifer Coy · Oct 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm · Published
He Ate My Liver with Fava Beans

If given a choice between a liver biopsy and say a root canal ... I'd go for the dental work. The procedure itself isn't the worst pain ever (childbirth no drugs) yet it isn't pain free or a walk in the park. You must be awake the entire time as breathing moves the liver and it needs to be kept still. They can only numb the skin + a bit not the entire liver or area being biopsied so you get to feel the needle puncture through the liver and grab a hunk of tissue ... several times.

Fortunately, my doctor was AWESOME with an amazing bedside manner. He reviewed the different options and what...
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Jennifer Coy · Sep 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm · Published
And The Hits Just Keep on Coming

This is a photo from my 40th birthday party. A bit over a week ago, this dear family friend Michael Francks passed away suddenly. Life is fragile. Some of us are acutely aware even moment to moment. And still, loss is never easy.

I've been having lots of tests. My chemo quit working. While my brain doesn't show any metastases (YEA!), my liver has multiple new tumors as do my bones and nodes (BOO!) Tomorrow I get to have a liver biopsy. Frequently, chronic cancers morph and change over the course of treatments. So we are going to see what changes have occurred. This information will...
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Jennifer Coy · Sep 22, 2011 at 11:14 am · Published
Lordy, Lordy, Look Who's Fourty!

As most of you know, I turned 40 last month. It was a fantastic birthday. My sister asked me to put together a birthday gift wish list. Mine was: Sing me a song, give me a favorite photo, share a favorite story or memory of us, make a donation to MyLifeLine.org or SenseofSecurity.org, or donate to my daughter's college fund.

My colleagues made me a birthday video http://youtu.be/oOVdQTqMN_o which made me laugh and cry ... a lot.

My sister threw me the most amazing birthday bash with a DJ, dance floor, karaoke, bar, awesome dinner buffet, over a hundred friends and family ... and it was...
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Jennifer Coy · Aug 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm · Published
Huh.

The wedding in Santa Fe was gorgeous. It was very small and the weather and setting couldn't have been more perfect. Olivia and I stayed at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, flew and took taxi's, and walked. My aunt and uncle took the train in from Albuquerque to spend time with us on Saturday and introduced us to a couple of their friends. What a wonderful trip.

I've had two treatments since my cruise vacation and still feel better than I have in quite some time. I have better energy and more overall well-being. My pain is manageable. And my disease is worse.

I did the full battery of scans and...
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Jennifer Coy · Jul 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm · Published
May I Escort You to Your Table, Ms. Coy?
Photo by Laura McGee

This year our summer vacation took us to Spain, Portugal, St. Malo France, and London. It was wonderful. The Mediterranean Sea continues to be my favorite water and beaches of anywhere I have been. We also took a cruise rather than bus/trains. It wasn't any cruise line, it was Silversea Cruises: smaller ships, five star amenities, and all inclusive. I am completely spoiled now. I doubt I would enjoy other cruises at all after such an exceptional vacation experience. In addition to amazing sites and new experiences I also got to really relax, unplug from everything, and...
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