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Sarcoma Survivor Stories - Meet Katherine Vickers

When were you originally diagnosed and what sub-type were you given?

I was originally diagnosed in 2015.  The doctors had no idea what kind of cancer it was in the beginning.  It wasn’t until 2017-2018 that it was pinpointed as a sarcoma.  There still is no definitive cell type- only that it is some kind of sarcoma. 

 

What was your initial reaction?

 

My initial reaction was pure fear. I had a baby at the time and the unknown scared me to death.

 

What is your treatment plan?

The doctors had been able to treat it through surgery to try to remove it. When it kept coming back the only option then was amputation. 

 

What do you feel is the most important thing when going through cancer treatments?

I feel like the most important thing is your relationship with God and your family. You need them to get you over that emotional hill. I found that the more i spoke about what i was going through, the better i was. 

 

Did you have a recurrence and how long were you in remission before this occurred?

I had my first recurrence 6 months after my very first surgery to remove what was believed to be only one tumor.  It came back every 3-4 months for two years until my amputation in July of 2018. 

 

What was your next course of treatment?

My next course of treatment was surgery.  I had six foot surgeries before my amputation in 2018. 

 

What is the best piece of advice you can offer someone going through a similar situation to what you went through?

You don’t have to feel like you have to be strong all the time.  Let people see your vulnerability.  Knowing that you have cancer and fighting this battle is so hard.  Accept help because people want to be there for you!!! 

 

What is one positive thing that has come out of your experience?

The most positive thing my experience has taught me is not to take anything for granted.  It is so important to surround yourself with people, things and activities that lift your spirits and make you happy!

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4 comments

  • Dearest Katherine, I am so sorry you had to go through all of that.
    My mother use to say if it doesn’t kill you, It will make you stronger!!!
    I can now (by that reasoning, or logic) bench press my own weight. 😂I’ve been through 19 various surgeries and a lot of procedures.
    And at 9 yrs. old I was in a burn unit for 11 months in KC, Mo. My night gown caught on fire. I was up getting a bath to get ready for my church bus. A space heater caught the back of my flannel nightgown
    On fire. No one was up but me, I was running screaming into my mom’s bedroom (closest to the bathroom.) She & my dad beat it out with their hands.
    I saw the smile on your face in your picture while reading your story.
    I knew God is with you, and that inner strength he gave you got you through and he put the right people exactly where they needed
    to be in your life. You will always be a shining example to other hurting people. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your daughter is adorable.
    Pearl

    Pearl
  • Dearest Katherine, I am so sorry you had to go through all of that.
    My mother use to say if it doesn’t kill you, It will make you stronger!!!
    I can now (by that reasoning, or logic) bench press my own weight. 😂I’ve been through 19 various surgeries and a lot of procedures.
    And at 9 yrs. old I was in a burn unit for 11 months in KC, Mo. My night gown caught on fire. I was up getting a bath to get ready for my church bus. A space heater caught the back of my flannel nightgown
    On fire. No one was up but me, I was running screaming into my mom’s bedroom (closest to the bathroom.) She & my dad beat it out with their hands.
    I saw the smile on your face in your picture while reading your story.
    I knew God is with you, and that inner strength he gave you got you through and he put the right people exactly where they needed
    to be in your life. You will always be a shining example to other hurting people. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your daughter is adorable.
    Pearl

    Pearl
  • You give us all strength! Love you.

    Georgia Roussos
  • You are an amazing individual. Your faith, courage and determination and the love and support that you have had on this journey has brought you to where you are. You have been a shining inspiration to all who know you. May God continue to bless and be with you.

    Irene Lignos

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