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.

Operations Director for GRACE. I came to GRACE after my best friend was diagnosed with lung cancer. She passed on July 31, 2010; she lives on in her family and friends, and in her beautiful daughter who looks more and more like her every day. If she were still here today, she would be blazing the advocacy trail. All part of her legacy.

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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