I want to first and foremost thank all of you for your kindness, love and support. Many of you are wondering what my status is in regards to my surgery and diagnosis. I, as well as the Santosha family, decided to post a blog to explain and shed some light on the situation. I would appreciate if I could share my experience in this blog format. It is hard to keep repeating my story.
Over a year ago I noticed a small lump on my left cheek. As any young woman would think, I assumed it was a cyst or some sort of skin infection. Six months later, it grew a little larger and began to change in density and shape.
I went to a dermatologist over the summer, who sent me to a ear, nose, throat surgeon. He diagnosed me with a parotid (salivary) gland tumor. We rode on that diagnosis for about two months until I noticed some lymph nodes began to pop up around the tumor sight. They did an ultrasound biopsy and diagnosed me with lymphoma. A few days later, they did a small surgery where they removed a large lymph node next to my ear.
The pathology report came back as rhabdomyosarcoma. Which is a rare form of cancer primarily found in young children. This cancer resides in the skeletal and connective muscle tissue in the body. As of now, they believe it is only in my cheek muscle.
This form of cancer can be difficult to treat because they do not have as much data on treatment studies. There have only been 400 documented cases of this form of cancer in adults since the 1950's. I basically had less than a 1% chance of getting it.
I have been working with oncologists closely and we are still running tests. Most likely, I will be starting treatment soon, which will involve surgery to remove the tumor, radiation, and a year of chemotherapy.
This cancer is treatable - it will just be a long, difficult road ahead.
I plan on teaching as much as I can during this treatment protocol. But I'm sure there will be days where I'm just too tired or unwell. We have back up teachers in place to cover classes.
I'm trying to keep things as normal as possible over the next year. If you have any questions, please fill free to check this Santosha blog. Also, I will also be writing a blog through my business website; www.trueblissmassagetherapy.com Thank you all again for being a part of my journey and remember;
Hold hope in your hearts, make the best of every moment and follow your dreams.
Brittany Montes LMT & RYT
DINA & Katy