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I recommend that people that are newly diagnosed with any sarcoma, but certainly LMS – seek a Sarcoma Specialist immediately. Sarcomas are difficult to diagnose in the first place, so if you have a lump or bump anywhere- make sure to advocate for yourself to your primary care physician that perhaps seeking a sarcoma specialist’s opinion would be wise. It certainly would be!
Hi All – I shared my story during the Mayo Clinic patient program with the NLMSF and
I wanted to reach out to newly diagnosed patients, and those currently in treatment.
Be your own best advocate by knowing as much as you can, asking the right questions
of your care team and embracing support from those that love you. Be sure to let your care
team know of any problems during treatment as communicating with them is key to
better outcomes and it is also key to reducing your own anxiety.
Knowedge is Power = Patient Power A great line borrowed from the NLMSF! .
I am a survivor and thriver, and I wish you the
very same outcome. Together are stronger!
Hi, I am a 27 year survivor of LMS – a true blessing . . . a beacon of hope for others.
I want to share my hope for all – my survivorship has been an amazing journey, taking one day at a time, and making the most of it! Taking small steps each day, sometimes trying to hold down anxiety and stress when its time for a scan, doctors visit, even if I have a strange feeling somewhere in my body. It’s important to try to get through it all as best as possible – to enhance positive outcomes.
Staying strong and hopeful is not easy to do, but it is something to always strive for each step of this journey.
I have been blessed- there is no doubt. From a fellow LMS thriver, I reach out to you with my prayers for the best outcomes for all, with great support behind you all the way . . . .. and to know that everyone in this sarcoma community is pulling for you as I am.
Hi, my name is Nikky, I was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) a little over a year ago. This diagnosis is incredibly overwhelming. When I was first diagnosed I thought my life was over. I wish I knew then what I know now, and that is why I am writing this letter. When you get online and look up LMS, the information can be pretty negative. Be careful what you read, a lot of information is outdated, and skewed in one direction. It is important to find a medical team that is knowledgeable in sarcoma, positive and supportive. I have found this, and with the help from my family, friends, and medical team, I have so much hope for my future. I still have cancer and I am currently undergoing treatment, but that does not mean my life has to stop.
I am a wife, nurse, and mother of middle school aged twins. I live a very active life. We just went on a vacation to Seattle, and Victoria B.C., I volunteer at my kids school, do yoga, manage my Etsy craft site (Crafts4CuringCancer), and have recently returned to work one day a week. I wake up each morning thankful for every day. I thank my body for all the hard work it is doing, and I say to myself “today is going to be a great day,” and they almost always are. And if they are not that is ok, your entitled to feel like “this sucks,” because sometimes it does. But don’t give up hope. There are a lot of great supports out there such as the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation. Hang in there, I know how you feel, and you can do this!
Hello, my name is Shannen Shapiro and I was diagnosed with LMS in April 2018. As I write this, I am celebrating my 49th birthday. It’s a day, I really wasn’t sure I’d see. This past year and half has been the biggest rollercoaster of my life, emotionally, for sure.
At first, I read everything about LMS that I could find and in doing so, I scared myself to death. My tumor was very large, 19 cm at it’s largest point. This put me in a less than favorable category, so they gave me the harshest of treatments even after the tumor had been removed. Five months later, the cancer was back. I had not made it six months cancer free. We tried another chemo and again, it didn’t work.
Finally, we found something that worked for me, the tumor is shrinking and I am scheduled for surgery in December to remove what’s left of that tumor and to get a good look around and remove anything else that looks suspicious.
I know this may not be the end of this journey for me, but I am hopeful. So much work is being done to find the cure, if not more and better treatments, and NLMSF is leading the charge in these efforts. I have hope that I will see my children grown. Stay positive, stay informed, ask questions. Don’t forget to just live your life. When you’re done with the hospital and the doctors and the meds, put it out of your mind.
Spend time with the kids. Go to the football game. Read the book. Watch the movie. Just live and be happy. You can still be happy. God bless you all. My prayers are with you.
SUBJECT: LMS CELL LINE MODELS COLLABORATION with the INTERNATIONAL LMS RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE Dear LMS Research Roundtable Member, At the first The INTERNATIONAL LMS RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE in September 2019, three workgroups were established. One of the focus workgroups is addressing
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