Making Each Day Count
NorthBay Invests in Green TechnologyA Lifetime of GivingChristine Franklin, 58, of Vacaville, doesn consider herself a cancer survivor. She someone learning to live with cancer and fighting for her life every step of the way.
Diagnosed in April 2006 with Stage IV of an aggressive breast cancer called HER2 positive, she now has cancer in her lymph nodes and liver.
thought the last thing I would ever get was breast cancer, Franklin says. had gone two years without a mammogram and frankly I was more worried about the risk of colon cancer ## ## . breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in California women. Approximately 25 percent of breast cancer patients have tumors that are classified as HER2 positive. HER2 stands for Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 a protein that promotes the growth of cancer cells. This form of breast cancer is more aggressive than other types and less responsive to hormone treatment. HER2 breast cancer is also more likely to reoccur.
Franklin cancer journey has included two mastectomies and a lymphectomy, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Her first remission lasted a year. Tanner Co. left her job to undergo treatment. She began a regime of oral chemotherapy, changing drugs as each one lost its effectiveness. For a second, brief time, she was in remission, but, as she says, is a very smart disease. I call it a chameleon, because it always figures out how to beat the medicine. infusion center is like visiting family, Franklin says. is my team, and I know they giving me the best possible care.
To show support for her hospital, Franklin joined the NorthBay Guild. She now volunteers once a week at VacaValley Hospital. She active with family and friends and determined to live large every day.
going to live my life to the fullest as long as I can, she says. exist, but live. You always hope that for the extra six months you given something new will be discovered to prolong your life.