“You are not alone”
Cathy Fischer was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008. She is fighting her disease since last 10 years.
“2008 because of migraines I got an MRI, the migraines had nothing to with my brain tumor”
“In 2008 I had my very first MRI. After 2 years of very bad migraines. I went to get the MRI the MRI tech said your doctor didn’t order an MRI with a contrast, did I want it she asked I said yes. As soon as I was done with the MRI she said I needed to see my doctor asap. I went to a neurologist who said I might have the beginning stages of MS, a shadow, or a lesion. I left there and found a different neurologist.
I was told that I had a glioma in my right front temporal lobe and I was going on the wait and watch plan where every 3 months I got an MRI. I was doing so well they said to get an MRI every 6 months and that’s when my tumor grew in 2011. The doctor said to biopsy the tumor. I decided to get another opinion. As I went up to meet the new neurologist my insurance company called me and said I was approved for surgery. I hadn’t met the doctor yet. That’s when I was told I had cancer I had never heard that from a doctor. The doctor wanted to cut me ear to ear to ear.
I did not feel comfortable there. So I went to get another opinion. In 2011 I had my first surgery I had an astrocytoma grade 2. I am cut from the middle of my head to my ear. They couldn’t get all the tumor out they said I didn’t need chemo or radiation. I went on the wait and watch plan every 3 months. In 2014 the tumor grew again. It hadn’t grown enough for surgery. I went on chemo Temador. I finished my 9th round of chemo on Friday and Sunday I broke out head to toe with huge hives. I did a 10th round same thing happened. I am allergic to Temador the only thing I am allergic to. I went back on wait and watch.
In 2016 my tumor grew again but not enough for surgery. So I did chemo again loumustine/CCNU, it messed with my blood count so I had to stop it. I went back to every 3 months wait and watch. On June 28th 2018 my tumor grew again this time a lot. I needed surgery again. July 17th I had my second surgery, they took out my astrocytoma but they found another tumor that did not show up on the MRI, a glioblastoma grade 4. I am now almost done with 30 treatments of radiation and I am doing immunotherapy every 3 weeks.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“To spread awareness, everyone’s story is different but also the same
Message to other cancer patients
“You are not alone.”