In memory of Esther Fortin

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November 12, 2012 at 10:02 am  #1250138    
Denise Brock
Denise Brock

I just wanted to share with everyone here the lovely tribute to Esther Fortin, our Myriam’s beloved sister. A touching tribute, and photo here:

Thank you, Myriam, for allowing us to honor her in this way, and thanks to you for all your wonderful input and for being such a vital part of the GRACE community.

November 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm  #1250151    

certain spring

Thanks Denise for letting us know.
Myriam, I’m thinking of you.

49-year-old non-smoker, dx stage IV NSCLC May 2010 (squamous tumour of the left lung with multiple brain metastases). Radiotherapy to chest and brain; progressed through two cycles carbo/gemcitabine. Repeated lung collapses; pneumonia in collapsed lung, Nov 2010; bronchial stent placed, Dec 2010. Declined second-line Taxotere. Mutation testing Feb 2011, surprise EGFR exon deletion 19. Started Tarceva (150mg), Feb 2011. Progression in liver and elsewhere, May 2013.

November 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm  #1250153    
catdander forum moderator
catdander forum moderator

Yes, Thank you Denise. It’s good to put a name and face on Esther. She was lovely.

November 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm  #1250160    

laya d.

My heart goes out to Myriam and all of Esther’s loved ones. . .Beautiful tribute. . .

Thank you for letting us know, Denise.


1/10 – My Mom (58) dx w/ NSCLC-Adeno 3a; 1 cycle of neoadjuvent Carbo/Alimta before finding out EGFR+ (Ex. 19), then switched to 7 wks of neoadjuvent Tarceva/150 mg (major shrinkage); 4/10 – right pneumonectomy; 6/10 started 3 rounds of adjuvent Cis/Alimta w/ concurrent chest radiation (7 wks); 8/10 – NED; 11/10 – small nodule in left lung; 1/11 – 3 small nodules in left lung, start Tarceva/100 mg; 4/11 – suspected sclerotic met to hip, continue w/ Tarceva, add XGEVA, brain MRI clear; 9/11 – solitary 3 cm met (adeno w/ T790m mutation) to cerebellum, surgery and gamma knife, up Tarceva to 150 mg; 11/11 – 2 left lung nodules growing, biopsy on 1 shows mutation from adeno to squamous (shocker!), brain MRI clear, continue Tarceva & Xgeva; 2/12 – brain MRI clear, CT scan, remaining nodule slightly bigger – – monitor for now, Tarceva (reduced to 100 mg) & Xgeva continued; 4/12 progression and rebiopsy (confirmed adeno), stop Tarceva, switch to Carbo/Alimta; 6/12 maintenanceAlimta; 8/12 back to Tarceva; 10/12 Gemzar; 11/16 difficulty breathing; 12/12 hospice initiated…my Mom passed away peacefully on 12/19/12. Heartbroken.

November 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm  #1250171    
Dr West
Dr West

Beautiful picture and beautiful sentiment…

-Dr. West

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