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Darcie Pena

Darcie Pena


Hi, if you don't already know me, my name is Darcie Peña and I am a 30 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 past 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 2/11/19

I want to start this post by saying Thank You to my amazing family & friends for all the love, support, and checking in they have done❤️ love you all! Most of you don’t know, I have had a really rough and painful last 5 days. The pain was so unbearable, I kind of shut myself off from everything & everyone to try to get a handle on it all. This was not about not wanting or ignoring anyone, but was my way of coping with the pain I was having. The day after chemo, I received my second injection of Neulasta ( bone marrow stimulant) and awaited the full body bone pain to begin. While , at this point I don’t know if it was the Neulasta or the high doses of harsh chemos that caused my pain. It was unlike any other pain I had ever felt in my life and was unmanageable with at home medications/supplements. I was also unable to keep any food or water down. I contacted the on-call oncologist at UCSF ,who recommended I head to the ER. As always ER trips are dreaded because of the waiting in pain, overcrowding, and most of all risk of catching an infection.
So, onto the hospital we headed armed in my Vogmask and my fierce mama to advocate for me since I was unable to speak/walk/ move for myself. I was taken back to be examined,control the nausea ,vomiting and hopefully manage the pain. After over 10 hours in the ER, I was sent home and told to come back if necessary.

Since we live 40 minutes from the hospital and it was 6:30 in the morning, we decided to stay at a hotel in Visalia for the night just to be safe. I’m just about 3 hours , the pain was back with a vengeance, so back to the ER we headed. The nurses recognized me since I was just discharged 3 hours prior and immediately brought me to the back. After many hours and attempts at managing the pain, nausea and vomiting, I was admitted on Friday morning.
On Sunday afternoon , the pain was managed (not gone,but better) , my vomiting had subsided and I was discharged. I am now at home recovering and taking it easy. While I am not 100% , I am in contact with my UCSF physicians and working on getting to the bottom of my symptoms. Again, thank you to everyone who has reached out ❤️❤️
As always, Positive Vibes ✌🏽

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