Angie Douthit, the popular mom of former “Teen Mom” Mackenzie McKee, has shared an upsetting update: The cancer in her liver and brain has grown.
“Today was a little rough. Scans showed results that were not good. The cancer has grown in the liver and in the brain,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “There is also some hemorrhaging in the brain. I will have two more doses of radiation and that will be the last treatment I will be given.”Read More
“God told me early in my diagnoses that He would heal me but I would have a long dark journey to take,” the post continues. “I’m starting to think this is what He meant by long dark journey.”
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1 Corinthians 15:55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” Today was a little rough. Scans showed results that were not good. The cancer has grown in the liver and in the brain. There is also some hemorrhaging in the brain. I will have two more doses of radiation and that will be the last treatment I will be given. I should be able to go home in the next few days. We have decided to have hospice come in when I go home for some extra care. I haven’t been able to open my eyes all day and my head has been hurting badly. Kaylee has had to help me write this post. I’m not sure what to say… other than How God told me early in my diagnoses that He would heal me but I would have a long dark journey to take. I’m starting to think this is what He meant by long dark journey. So please pray for me that I will be strong and be able to stop vomiting. Also please pray that I will be a mighty warrior for Christ. I love every one of you. I thank you so much for your prayers. #alwaysbekind #staystrongmightywarrior #itsonlycancer
This comes after Angie let her supporters know on Thursday that she had been hospitalized. “Today was an interesting day,” Angie wrote in an Instagram update next to a photo of her in a hospital bed.
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James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Today was an interesting day. I woke up to get ready for work but I couldn’t really walk and I found myself throwing up. So I took a bath, layed back down, and called my boss to tell them I’d be late. The next thing I know I’m waking up trying to find my phone. I called my Dr who said to get to ER quickly. I called Brad to come and get me, since I couldn’t walk and I saw 2 or 3 of everything. The Dr. ran several tests and they are concerned about my liver, gall bladder, hip bone, and brain. They gave me some medicine and are keeping me overnight. But it’s ok. God already knew it was going to happen and He already knew that I was going to desperately need Him today. I’ve had to close my eyes all day because everything was double and wavy. By keeping my eyes closed I spent the day praying and listening. Whatever you are going through today, try your best to listen to God. Give Him all your fears, all your sicknesses, and all your worries. Let your trials produce perseverance in you and make you complete. #alwaysbekind #staystrongmightywarrior #itsonlycancer
Angie’s Cancer Journey
In an Instagram post in May, Douthit wrote that her cancer was spreading: “Brad and I received the results from my scans. It’s not what we had hoped for. I wish I could say that I’m in remission, or that the cancer has vanished. But instead, this is what we were told. Basically, the cancer has gone wild.”
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Psalm 146 “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” Brad and I received the results from my scans. It’s not what we had hoped for. I wish I could say that I’m in remission, or that the cancer has vanished. But instead this is what we were told. Basically the cancer has gone wild. I have new tumors in my brain and the old ones are growing. The tumors in both my lungs are progressing and growing again. I have three tumors in my liver. It’s in my lymph nodes. And low and behold, it’s in my bones, my breast bone and both of my femurs. Yes, we were shocked too. I knew things were strange because I have to take headache medicine, Excedrin and Aleve, twice a day to stop the headaches and body pain I’ve been having. But I wouldn’t have ever guessed this. Apparently immunotherapy was not for me. However, the first thing I did after we were told the news was I remembered my post from yesterday. I said aloud to the dr, “We promised to praise the Lord no matter what.” And that’s what we did. We drove home almost in silence thanking God that I was still alive. We met with our kids and parents to tell them. We prayed diligently together. I pray that I can always have a sound mind and that I can continue speaking until God is finished with me. Someone asked on Instagram if I praised my drs and the scientists. I laughed aloud because, as nice as they are to me, they can’t fix me, obviously. I praise God alone. He is still in complete control and he greatly loves me. We aren’t sure what my next medical step will be. I think a biopsy of my liver, then possibly more radiation, and more chemo. I’ll do whatever God leads me to do. I appreciate all of your incredible prayers. Please continue to be kind and forgiving. Please do not get mad at God. This is all part of his plan. He can heal if he wants to. But, we must praise him no matter what. God is not through with me yet! #alwaysbekind #staystrongmightywarrior #itsonlycancer
“I have new tumors in my brain, and the old ones are growing. The tumors in both my lungs are progressing and growing again. I have three tumors in my liver. It’s in my lymph nodes. And low and behold, it’s in my bones, my breast bone and both of my femurs,” she continued. “Yes, we were shocked too.”
Information on Lung Cancer Spreading to the Brain
We don’t know the details of Douthit’s cancer, but we do know that lung cancer has a tendency to spread to the brain.
“Lung cancer is one of the most common types of tumors to metastasize to the brain,” Melanie Hayden Gephart, a brain tumor neurosurgeon at Stanford, perviously told SurvivorNet.
Dr. Melanie Hayden Gephart, a Neurosurgeon at Stanford Medicine on when lung cancer spreads to the brain
According to Dr. Gephart, treating brain tumors from lung cancer often involves a combination of approaches including chemotherapy, targeted drugs, focused or whole brain radiation and/or surgery.
Minimizing side effects in the process is extremely important, she said. “The key is that if we can minimize the side effects of the treatment, that’s our main goal,” she said, “and [to)’provide effective treatment of the brain tumor.”