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Staring Down Cancer

A new chemo regimen

Well, as expected, Tamoxifen was not strong enough.  My liver mets continue to grow, so I am now on a regimen of Afinitor and Exemestane.  

Recent studies with Afinitor have shown impressive results when given in combination with Exemestane.   Afinitor is a drug that I tried last October, but had to stop after developing horrible mouth sores. 

Since I do have my offshore medical degree (just kidding), I have come up with a genius idea to prevent the mouth sores. I am taking Valtrex which is a drug used for the herpes virus. With this in my system, I am hoping that the mouth sores will be prevented.  We will see.

All I can say is that the month of August was like a dream. To feel like a normal person and not a sick person was such a gift. Italy was so beautiful, and to see my son and his team play basketball in another country was an unforgettable experience.

I am gearing up for October and breast cancer awareness month. There are a lot of exciting things coming up which I look forward to sharing with you in the coming weeks!

I can already feel side effects of this new regimen. I am exhausted, even after a full night's sleep, and can barely keep my eyes open to write this.

God bless the families of those who lost their lives in the attacks on 9/11.  Tuesday was a very sad day.

Noreen Fraser is living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She is the Founder and CEO of the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to funding groundbreaking women's cancer research. To stay in touch with Noreen, please 'LIKE' The Noreen Fraser Foundation on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.  Noreen can be contacted via email at noreen@noreenfraserfoundation.org.