We serve an awesome God; He is the truth and the light. What a difference prayer and time makes. December 1st, 2012 a doctor in Dallas, Texas diagnosed me with stage IV colon cancer and told my family I had 3-6 months to live and I’m so glad that our God had different plans for my life. Cancer is a devastating six letter word that tears families and people apart day after day. Half of the battle is having a strong support system and I have truly been blessed with great support.
I live in Dallas, Texas though I began my treatments in Tyler, Texas at the Tyler Hematology Medical Oncology office for approximately eight months. I then transferred to UTSW Dallas, Texas to continue treatment with the hope of receiving surgery shortly after. The staging workup indicated that surgery was not an option at that time and once again I was facing a possible fatal situation. This led me to continue researching other options. I located Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan, New York through my Internet search. A staff physician at MSK, Dr. Nancy Kemeny, medical oncologist, discovered a great success rate in using an Arterial Intravenous Pump to treat liver metastases to a point where the patient would soon become resectable. We traveled there and I became a part of what is known to me as “The Dream Team”. After receiving the colorectal surgery, treatment to my liver through the AIP, I was able to have 50% of my liver resected to free my liver of any disease. I also had some very small lung lesions that were ablated and for a few months I was tumor free.
My support system “Team Fredetta” was organized in 2013 to help me support “Get Your Rear In Gear”. They are so much more to me than just a team that we organized for a walk. They ARE my support! They have shown up every time we have called and even when we didn’t call. I’m so grateful for the continued prayers and support. My journey has been made a little easier because of Team Fredetta never giving up. They’ve never stopped praying, supporting or calling and for that I am grateful!
On March 21, 2015 we walked in the Get Your Rear in Gear – Fort Worth; an event hosted by the Colon Cancer Coalition. Get Your Rear in Gear events are held across the country in an effort to raise the awareness of the importance for colon cancer screenings. The money raised at these events empowers local community leaders to promote prevention and early detection of the disease and to provide support to those affected.
So many people are not afforded the opportunity to receive state of the art healthcare so I know how blessed I truly am and for that I thank My Lord & Savior, JESUS Christ!