Friday, January 21, 2011


Daria is an incredibly sweet woman from Edmonton, Alberta currently fighting for her life. Her history from her blog:

Diagnosis and Treatment


•    Invasive Ductal Adenocarcinoma Breast Cancer
•    Estrogen-receptor positive
•    Grade 2
•    Stage 2

•    Mastectomy on right side.
•    Chemotherapy (FEC - Fluorouracil, also known as 5FU, Epirubicin and Cyclophosphamide) – 6 cycles.
•    Radiation – 25 rounds.
•    Tamoxifen (Nolvadex).



•    Reoccurrence of cancer on center of chest.

•    Surgery.
•    Switched from Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) to Famara (Letrozole).

2008 to present


•    Reoccurrence … cancer in the lungs, liver and bones.
•    Stage 4.

•    Taxotere (Docetaxel) & Phase III Study of IMC-1121B (Randomized, Double-Blind) - 20 cycles
•    Xeloda (Capecitabine) – 8 cycles.
•    Vinorelbine (Navelbine) - 3 cycles.
•    Phase 1 Study of BMS-582664 Brivanib alaninate (Randomized Discontinuations) versus Placebo in Subjects with Advance Tumours)

She has been on various chemotherapies for the past 2 years to shrink her liver and lung mets.Initially all of them seem to work but then they would stop working and she and her oncologist would scramble to find a clinical trial that she'd qualify for. The latest was the Brivanib. Her liver tumors started to shrink but it caused problems with her blood pressure so she had to discontinue it for a few weeks. Fluid started building up around her lung and internal organs. They were hoping that this was caused by a clogged bile duct, a nicer explanation, but maybe the liver tumors started growing again. I certainly hope not. Through it all, she has been amazingly chipper. If good attitude would cure cancer, she certainly would be cured. It wasn't until this weekend that she admitted in her blog that she was losing faith in the medical treatments and that she might not have that much time left. Her wonderful husband rushed her to the hospital this Wednesday because she was experiencing  a lot of pain. Daria blogs every single day and has many, many people reading her blog. She comments frequently on others blogs always trying to be upbeat. She has been on mine almost daily. Thursday her husband Don got on her blog to tell her many friends what was going on. Everyone is just hoping that whatever the problem is, it is fixable.But realistically, not many survive Stage 4 breast cancer. It makes me very sad.

So it is extra cold here for the next few days. Back to exercising inside though yesterday when it was a balmy 19, I went outside for 6 miles. We had a mom's night out last night spoiled somewhat by a hostess telling one of us that I had no reservation. They had crossed it off when they sat another mom but should have been on the look out for members of our party. So this mom went home.


Alli said...

This is such a horrible disease!!
There is no skirting around, we are painfully aware we are losing Daria.

I thank God that we had this opportunity to know this wonderful woman through her words. Everyday hers would be the first blog I'd read because there was always that element of hope.
She is courageous...& Inspires hope!

Alli xx

Holly said...

i, too, am filled with sadness about Daria - it is so hard not to get overcome with it all..


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