The Villages - October 2021 - 15

Kathy Geremia
& Pat Moxey
I HAD WOMEN IN MY
GOLF GROUP AND SO
MANY GREAT PEOPLE
ALONG THE WAY ...
PEOPLE THAT I NEVER
KNEW CARED ABOUT
ME JUST CAME OUT OF
THE WOODWORK. THEY
CHECKED ON ME, WERE
ALWAYS THERE TO ASK
HOW I WAS DOING.
- Kathy Geremia
" I looked at my husband and said, 'I've got to figure this
out.' I just jumped into action. "
Geremia spent late nights researching and preparing for
the battle ahead. Additional tests revealed her cancer was a
type called HER2-positive, which often grows faster and is
more likely to spread and grow back. Because of the severity
of her condition, she learned she was eligible to participate
in a clinical trial.
" Years ago, you would have died of HER2, if they hadn't
had Herceptin, (a treatment that blocks the cancer's ability
to receive chemical signals that tell it to grow). When that
was discovered, it changed things. But the risk is that the
cancer goes somewhere else in your body. "
To prevent the recurrence of cancer, the clinical trial
offered surgery followed by pheresis, a procedure that filters
the blood.
" For six hours, they took all my blood out of my body, "
she said. " So, I'm sitting in the chair watching this - blood
going in and out of my body. I was hoping they got what
they needed, otherwise I had to do it all over again. "
Geremia explains that the blood was used to create
personalized cancer
vaccines, which were
injected
directly into her tumor and lymph nodes - a type of
immunotherapy.
" That made me very sick. I was shaking the whole time.
I thought, 'oh please God, I can't do this. I hope this works.' "
Next there was chemotherapy, which Kathy says,
" wasn't so bad. " Surgery followed, then radiation and an
additional 14 months of chemo. Common sides effects of
the TCHP chemotherapy treatment plan include hair loss,
fatigue, muscle and joint aches, nausea and low blood
counts among other things.
Geremia says she had hair loss but was grateful to avoid
other symptoms.
" My oncologist is convinced I'm doing so well because of
my diet, " she said. " When I go for treatments, I say, 'are you
sure you're giving me something?' "
Looking back on the worst of the worst moments,
Geremia says the tunnel was dark but she now sees the
light. Friends and family helped carry her through it.
" I had women in my golf group and so many great
people along the way, " she said. " People that I never knew
cared about me just came out of the woodwork. They
checked on me, were always there to ask how I was doing. "
Some days were endlessly long and lonely, and
COVID-19 restrictions prevented her husband from being
by her side at appointments.
" He couldn't be with me, and my daughter couldn't
visit, " she said. " My granddaughter couldn't come near me.
They were all so afraid to get me sick, " she said.
With tears in her eyes, Geremia recounts a memory.
" I told my husband how I missed my family, and right
then, my phone rang, " she said. " It was my sister calling
from her lake house in Indiana. She said 'Kathy, we're going
to drive through the night so we can be there with you.' "
On other difficult days, her Breast Buddies lifted her
spirits.
" It's a club you never want to get into, but those women
are just so amazing, " Geremia said. " They're an incredible
blessing. "
Long phone calls and shared experiences gave her new
hope and perspective.
" I was so hungry for information, and they were so
helpful - to see my feelings mirrored in someone else. You
can get a little depressed now and then, and that's when the
lunches and calls with friends meant so much. "
With just six treatments left to go, Kathy is ready to move
forward with a heart full of faith.
" I'm just sure I'm going to come out of this on the other
side - be a better person for it, " she said.
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