Welcome to Karmela Tress's personal page
Last year, my family and a few friends participated in the Breast Cancer run in Kelowna in support of my mom. This year, we will be doing the Breast Cancer Run in Golden.
If you would like to walk with us in support of Breast Cancer research, you can join our team by typing in ‘Team Chiara’. The walk will take place on Sunday, September 30. Time and place is to still be determined.
Here is our story:
In September 2016, my mom, Chiara, was diagnosed with Stage 3 invasive ductal cell carcinoma. After a discussion with mom’s oncologist and her family doctor, she decided to go ahead with surgery, followed by chemo and radiation. Shortly after diagnosis, her surgery date was booked in Cranbrook and in October, she had a left mastectomy and a lymph dissection. Four weeks later, my mom headed back to Cranbrook with my dad and myself to start chemo. We met with her doctor for the first time and asked many questions. After being checked out by the doctor and going through her chemo medications and her anti- nausea medications, we went into the treatment room. There, we met a few of the oncology nurses who welcomed us with open arms and made us feel like we were at home. For mom’s first treatment, we were the only people in the treatment room. The nurses went through all the side effects of the chemo medications and told us what to expect. After her chemo was done we headed home.
The treatment plan was for her to have chemo every 2 weeks for the first 4 treatments and then every 3 weeks for the next 4 treatments. Mom tolerated her chemo treatments very well. She experienced bone pain with the second course of chemo treatment but it was well managed with analgesic. We followed her treatment plan to a tea. Mom experienced very little nausea throughout the whole experience and when she was nauseated she had a protocol to follow. After healing from chemo, mom started Radiation in April 2017 and received a total of 28 treatments. She also tolerated radiation really well. She continued on to receive herceptin every three weeks until the beginning of December 2017 for a total of 17 treatments.
In January of this year, mom found another lump in her left armpit. She underwent surgery again to remove the tissue. After the surgery, mom had follow up scans and one of the scans showed a suspicious spot in her right hip. After finding out this news, dad brought mom to Kelowna and a bone biopsy was performed. The results of the biopsy showed that the cancer had spread to her hip. Mom is now diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic Breast Cancer. From here, mom was given treatment options. Mom decided to go ahead with a high dose of radiation to her hip followed by chemo. Mom started chemo on July 3 and travels to cranbrook every 3 weeks to receive treatment. On September 25, she will receive her 5th dose of chemo prior to the breast cancer walk.
I want to say thank you for your love and support for my mom and our family throughout this journey. Words could never say how much we appreciate you.
If you would like to donate and support CIBC run for the cure there is no donation too big or small.
Together, we can change the future of breast cancer.
Thanks in advance for your support!