"Putting you on Keytruda was the bravest thing I have ever done," my doctor said at a recent appointment. No one knew how to treat someone like me: primary diagnosis of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma in my right femur, secondary blood cancer from chemotherapy treatments, 100% engrafted stem cell transplant, and sarcoma recurrence in my right hip. I did not realize it at the time, but his recommendation to begin Keytruda immunotherapy treatments put me at serious risk for for graft vs. host disease. On the other hand, there was the possibility for a high reward if the immunotherapy treatments were successful.
After six months of treatment, my scans continue to be clear and the Keytruda appears to be working without the dangerous side effects. In addition, there is a connection between Keytruda and Swim Across America: SAA was the first contributor to the research into Keytruda. So I am a beneficiary of a ground-breaking treatment that was championed by Swim Across America.
More than 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Chances are you or a family member have already been affected by cancer. Unfortunately, I know too many who have been affected by cancer. My father died from cancer, I have several close friends dealing with cancer, and I have been treated for three different cancers over the past five years.
I am challenging myself by swimming in the Swim Across America St. Louis Open Water Swim at beautiful Innsbrook resort. Please help me make an impact in the fight to find a cure by making a tax free contribution to support my swim. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!