FROM TIFFANY

FROM TIFFANY

May 22, 2017. It started out to be just a normal day, my birthday was the day before and it was amazing, Lee and I went out and shot a turkey and celebrated my day with our kids and my mom. My six week check-up was that day and I was excited to go as I was ready to start working out again.

I was sitting in the room with my mom, Linda and newborn, Raygen. I  remember Dr. Diane Adam coming in with a smile on her face and she said, “Hmmmmm, is there a chance you could be pregnant?” My mom smiled too, but I emphatically said “NO, not a chance, I’m the type of person who actually listens to my doctor’s post pregnancy instructions! I had delivered Raygen naturally so that was easy for me to follow.  She said, “Okay, I will test again.” We got the same result.  She sent me to the lab to get a blood draw and I remember being annoyed as I now would have to come back, and we live an hour away.

Dr. Adam called the next day and said my blood test came back that I was almost 8 weeks pregnant and since I just had Raygen she was immediately concerned and scheduled me an ultrasound. They obviously saw no baby but saw debris in my uterus. That’s when the nightmare and miracles really started to happen.

Dr. Adam had a friend at The University of Iowa and called him (Dr. Goodheart) who is a gynecology oncologist specialist and he said “get her in here!” so in Iwent on Monday for a routine checkup and that Wednesday I was being seen by a cancer doctor. I had an ultrasound, CAT scan and labs done and meetings with Dr Goodheart. At this point, I couldn’t stop crying, thinking: “We had just had a baby and this should be the happiest time in our lives! And of course, we have a two year son, Cameron. I have to be here to raise our babies!”  And I kept thinking “God couldn’t have given us these beautiful miracles just to take their mama away!”

At this point we still didn’t know what I had but it falls under GTD and we knew I had a mass in my uterus. For Lee it was very simple, my uterus needed to come out. For me, it crushed me yet again as I still was on the fence about having another baby but ultimately, we decided that the hysterectomy was better than the D&C as it was close to my uterine wall and it was more important to be here now and not think about a baby that may or may not happen. Dr. Goodheart agreed and by that Friday I was having a hysterectomy. Dr. Goodheart left my ovaries in as they looked good and would have put me in early menopause. If we decided we wanted another baby, we could use a surrogate. I was excited to hear that as I now had a choice and some control. It’s the little things that matter!

I was still nursing Raygen and knew I could do so until I started chemotherapy, so that was another thing out of my control that I had no choice in. I wasn’t ready to quit, but obviously you can’t nurse while having medication and chemotherapy, so that was done too.

At this point I was a mess, crying non-stop, as I was terrified… even though Dr.Goodheart told me whatever form of cancer I had would be highly curable and that I would respond well to chemotherapy. The thought of chemotherapy terrified me as I don’t even drink alcohol or take Advil, so I certainly don’t want chemo!

It was at this point that my entire mindset changed. It started with God coming to me and telling me everything would be okay.  I felt him and saw him clear as day, it was amazing! I’ve only ever experienced that one other time and that was when my mom had breast cancer; he did the same thing, came to me in my darkest hour and said she will be fine. And she is still here 25 years later. God doesn’t lie and when he came to me I knew I had to do my part in this and that was to fight my butt off! Let the battle begin.

This is also the same day that Lee had said, “Tiff, are you a caribou or are you an elk? You can hit a caribou in the leg and he will lay down to die with no will to live (from caribou hunting we have learned that). You can hit an elk perfectly behind the shoulder and double lung him and he can run miles, they are a strong animal with an amazing will to live. So, which are you? A caribou or an elk?:  I said, “I’m an Elk.” “Yes. I’m an elk.” And that’s where my entire disposition changed.

We had the hysterectomy and it went great, the tumor was removed and sent to pathology, and we also came up with a plan for chemotherapy.

My pathology test came back that I had choriocarcinoma, a very rare but highly treatable form of GTD cancer. I started chemotherapy one week after I had my hysterectomy…. because I’m an elk and I felt great!

I’m now on my second session of chemotherapy and thankfully, my numbers have plummeted.  They are based on my HCG which is so cruel as that’s what they test for pregnancy.

I started at 88,000

Then went to 4,098

Down to 758

Now at 17

Once it hits 0 then I have two precautionary sessions and I am done!

I am an elk.

Tiffany Lakosky

 

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14 Comments
  • Tim Phillips
    Posted at 12:34h, 15 August

    Where would you be in life without the people that truly love you?

  • Paige Kornelsen
    Posted at 13:09h, 15 August

    Thank you for sharing your testimony! When you have babies, and suddenly you are uncertain about your health it’s horrifying! I’ve been dealing with tests over stomach issues and I’ve been a nervous wreck for no reason. Anxiety and fear were convincing me of everything from stomach cancer to I’m not going to wake up from the anesthesia they used to do a stomach scope. I was so nervous and cried so much because what were my husband and my two girls going to do without me?
    My scope went perfectly. Nothing major, and I obviously woke up from the meds. Even went and practiced shooting my bow that afternoon 😜 I’m awaiting gallbladder scan results, but like you talked about, God has very much let His presence be known to me, and had showed me more than once that He is by my side and will never leave or forsake me.
    Sorry that was so long. Just felt compelled to share. Thank you for sharing your life! I love that you are a hunter and a mother. So inspiring and relatable to me! Praying for you and your sweet family!

  • Trina McCollough
    Posted at 13:33h, 15 August

    God bless you. Prayers for strength of an elk. Prayers for your adorable family. God is good. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience.

  • Jill Rose
    Posted at 20:33h, 15 August

    Sweetheart you and your family are in my prayers. God is good all the time!!!

  • Megan Brannock
    Posted at 00:50h, 16 August

    Tiffany. You are an Elk! Keep fighting the battle. With God all things are possible! Love and prayers for you and your beautiful family.

  • Tom Tarman
    Posted at 19:41h, 16 August

    God bless you and wrap his arms about you!! God bless your supportive husband also. We also had cancer in our lives, but thanks to our physicians and radiations, my wife is on her way to recovery. God is good all the time!!

  • Ashlee ostler
    Posted at 02:41h, 17 August

    Tiff and Lee….you are my idols. My hubs and I watch your shows, follow your hunts, are inspired by your commitment to each other and when you all started a family, I was so happy for you. Our friends ’round here are always teasing us calling us Lee and Tiffany of Utah. (I take that as a compliment) Inhad no idea you were fighting a cancer battle. In my heart of hearts, I truly believe you are going to come back to hunting and your purpose as a Mom and wife with even more clarity and confidence than ever. You’re incredible and an idol to not only me but so many women and young girls. YOU ARE AN ELK. I’m going to be rocking those leggings in your honor the day they get here. One last thing, when you’re in Utah again – let us take you guys to our Elk honey hole. It’d be a blast. Love, light, prayers being sent to you, Lee and the babies. Persistence, determination and hard work will be put in this archery season not only for me – but you as well. Crush it girl. All our love – Ashlee and Chris Ostler

  • Crystal
    Posted at 08:46h, 17 August

    Tiffany your story is amazing to read. You are an elk for sure and an inspiration to all women out there. I follow you and Lee on Facebook. Once I seen your video on there I told my husband I needed a pair of those leggings to help support cancer research. We have lost so many family members in the past couple years to this horrible disease and hope someday they find a cure. Thanks again for sharing and keep fighting the good fight. I used to work with a woman that started the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” foundation, no one person man or woman should ever walk alone in this fight. Thanks again for sharing. Best wish to you and your family of healing and recovery.

  • Sharman Kimberling
    Posted at 09:53h, 17 August

    I am sorry you got the cancer, but I am happy to hear that you are facing it head on like the elk do. You are definitely an elk Tiff. You are spunky and full of fire and strength. You also have the love of all mighty God on your side. He will deliver you from this illness. Thank you for sharing your personal story. Never stop fighting. God bless you and your family.

  • Candic Morris
    Posted at 12:34h, 17 August

    Thank you for sharing! My best friend from high school found out she had breast cancer when she was pregnant with her son. Her son is the reason she fought hard to stay. Keep thinking positive thoughts.

    Sending your family prayers

    Candice

  • Rodney Bradford
    Posted at 13:02h, 18 August

    Every Saturday and sunSunday morning, i wake up early to watch my hunting shows, having my coffee, while everyone else sleeps in. I haven’t been able to actually go out and hunt in several years, so i love my hunting channels. You and your husband’s show is one of my favorites. God is great, as you guys already know, and if he brings you to it, he will bring you through it. Also, i just wanted to
    ask if you guys have looked into any natural healing and cures? I’ve read different stories of people that have cured themselves of different types of diseases, including cancer, because they weren’t going to go through chemo.
    It’s awesome seeing people praying on so many of the hunting channels i watch! I will be praying for you and your family too.

    Rodney

  • Lois Sampson
    Posted at 21:30h, 18 August

    Thank you for sharing your story. #I am a elk Last year I faced a diagnosis of breast cancer. I decided, like you, to face it head on and fight a day not let it get me down. My faith and God’s glory got me through. I am now one year cancer free! God bless you for your faith.

  • Michele Meanley
    Posted at 16:30h, 19 August

    Tiffany… Cancer sucks… there are no two ways about it… but “yes” you are an elk and “yes” God sent his messages to tell you all would be good. I had breast cancer 12 years ago now and god sent Branch to tell me in the same exact words..” you are going to be fine… I know, because I’m good at these kind of things LOL!” You got this girl and with your babies and Lee’s support you will be fine…. ’cause we are good at these things!! Sending you our love and prayers… Michele and Branch Meanley

  • Robbin Gregory
    Posted at 08:44h, 18 October

    Tiffany, I have been away from hunting for the last year or so and did not know about your battle. Thank you for sharing your story and know that I’m so proud of you and so happy to hear that you have triumphed over this! You are a blessing to so many people and an inspiration as well! Love and prayers to you and your beautiful family!!

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