Darcie Pena

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Hi, if you don’t already know me, my name is Darcie Peña and I am a 29 year old cancer warrior.

It all began in 2013 with a cough that would not go away. After many pulmonary tests and medications later, I was diagnosed at age 24 with Stage 3B Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. As a young, healthy woman and non-smoker, with no family history of lung cancer; it was shocking to say the least. I was quickly assigned an amazing Oncology team and started treatment with a high dose of Chemotherapy and Radiation. After this round of treatment, in January of 2014, I had surgery where they removed the middle and lower lobes of my right lung as well as multiple lymph nodes. Then after another round of Chemo, it seemed that I was in the clear until one of my scans showed I had a recurrence in my neck on the left side. I then underwent another round of Chemo and my scans were clear until a year later. At this point the doctors decided to try radiation alone.

Flash forward to two more recurrences and almost 5 years later, here I am facing yet another battle. My medical case has been a mystery to all of the doctors I see.
Update 12/18/18 :
I got a call today from the clinical trial team today about my genetic testing and unfortunately I did not test positive for the PDL-1 gene. This means I no longer qualify for this particular clinical trial. While this is yet another setback, I chose to remain positive. To me, this just means that this trial was not meant for me and something better is coming. I have a phone appointment Thursday with the Trial doctor to discuss if any other trials are a match for me. If there aren’t any, I will go back to my medical oncologist at UCSF and brainstorm other treatment options. In the end , I gained more information. The waiting is one of the hardest parts of being chronically ill. Although it may be hard at times, I chose to look forward with a positive attitude! Time to gear up to kick cancers ass for the 6th time 👊🏽 As always, Positive Vibes ✌🏽

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  1. Shawn Wood 
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    49 years ago

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