A lifelong athlete and self-proclaimed “rule follower”, Stacy Hurt was diagnosed (via colonoscopy and PET scan) with Stage IV colorectal cancer on her 44th birthday (September 17th, 2014) with no known risk factors. The tumor in her rectum was so large that the GI doctor could not get the scope around it. It was discovered that the cancer had metastasized to 1 spot on her liver, 19 lymph nodes, and 5 spots on her lungs. Genetic testing done on her liver revealed that her colon cancer is MSS, KRAS mutant, BRAF wild type, and KRAF wild type (very aggressive and tough to treat). After 30 chemotherapy treatments with FOLFOX (5FU pump infusion, Leucovorin, 11 of which with Oxaliplatin) and Avastin every 2 weeks, 2 resection surgeries (April, 2015) , and radiation (SBRT in October, 2015), she miraculously achieved NED (no evidence of disease) status in March, 2016. She did not require a colostomy. Stacy continues with 5FU, Leucovorin, and Avastin maintenance therapy every 3 weeks indefinitely – ALL while raising her special needs/disabled son and her other (typical) son!
What Did You Do to Beat Cancer? In one word, COMMITMENT
“I get asked this a lot (even by my doctors because they want to know and duplicate it!) So much so, that I professionally speak about it and am developing an original step-by-step guide. As you might imagine, it was a complicated process that I initiated all on my own from hours and hours of research and interviewing other patients. One thing I can tell you, is that once I formulated my plan and my program, I fully committed to it, and so far, it has proven to be successful. And once I got my support system rallied around sending positive energy and prayer to the singular idea of “Think Extinct”; meaning banish the cancer once and for all, there was no stopping us! Recurrence is common with GI cancers, so we are sticking with our plan that has become a lifestyle.”
“There’s no way I could’ve been so vigilant in my battle had it not been for what I learned from enduring the grieving and advocacy process with my special needs/disabled son. That experience prepared me for what followed with my cancer diagnosis. There’s a path to victory that I’ve traveled twice now and am ready to share with the world – along with my education and professional experience in healthcare, I have some sure fire tips to overcoming life’s pitfalls with fortitude, grace, and humor.”