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"At first I did not even understand what he meant
but when he began to explain it, the first thought
that entered my mind was death. I thought about
dying, losing my hair, then I just stood in front of
the mirror, watched myself and broke down," Mon-
Additional tests revealed Montague s cancer was
at stage two and it had spread from her neck to
her chest. Minor surgery was done to reduce the
growth on her neck as it was pressing on her jugular
which would have eventually caused her to choke
to death. Early last month Montague also had to
do a bone marrow test to determine if it had spread
to her bones. Unfortunately it did.
The treatment stops working
Once diagnosed in 2012 Montague began to
receive treatment at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital in January 2013. She completed 12 sessions
of chemotherapy which she describes as the most
miserable time in her life.
"Every time I went to the hospital I vomited
because I could not take another day of the side
Montague remembers having to deal with severe
diarrhoea and vomiting which would occur simul-
taneously. She lost all her hair, endured overwhelm-
ing body pains and it was difficult to eat or drink.
The lump in Montague s neck decreased signif-
icantly and the itching stopped after chemotherapy,
but even though this was some good news, it was
far from over. Subsequently, a CT scan revealed
that the tumours were still there.
Montague was set for a course of radiation but
not before waiting a month before she could get
a referral letter from the hospital to go to the St
James Infirmary to receive radiation treatment. In
this time, the swelling on her neck began growing
again and now she also had a lump on her chest.
"I informed the doctors at Port-of-Spain imme-
diately and I was sent to the infirmary to do a CT
scan which revealed the cancer was around my
heart now, placing me at high risk for breast cancer
as well," said a despondent sounding Montague.
Doctors at the infirmary then informed her they
were unable to treat her because they did not have
the suitable machines available to do so.
With assistance from the government, Montague
was able to receive radiation at Southern Medical,
a private hospital in San Fernando. The former St
Joseph College student completed 19 sessions of
radiation. At the end, however, there was still little
change. Again the lumps just decreased but the
cancer was still there.
"The doctor told me there was nothing more he
could do for me and I would probably need a bone
marrow transplant to save my life."
Montague was sent back to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital in October and was told that she
would have to do more chemotherapy and radiation,
only now at stronger doses. The cancer has also
spread to her left armpit and a recent test showed
there were several lumps in that area.
"The doctor said that my whole situation had
relapsed and that my body was just not responding
to the treatments. He said to save my life I would
have to do a bone marrow transplant but the cancer
must go into remission before I can do it," Montague
Montague said she is trying to remain positive,
but admits it gets difficult sometimes to stay that
way knowing the disease is just literally consuming
her life with each day that goes by.
"I try but it is not easy just waiting around to
die. I don t want to. I still have so much to do.
"I really wish this was just a nightmare and
somebody could pinch me and wake me up."
Montague will be admitted to Port-of-Spain General Hospital on
November 10 to receive another course of chemotherapy. She
hosted a fundraising barbecue on October 31 and plans a few more
which will be advertised via social media.
An official charity account has been set up with RBC for the public
to make donations to account number 100019172192618.
Those wanting to help Montague, please call 395-6499 or make
deposits to the account mentioned above.
Montague: I am trying to stay positive
"At first I did not even
understand what he meant but
when he began to explain it, the
first thought that entered my
mind was death. I thought about
dying, losing my hair, then I just
stood in the mirror watched
myself and broke down."
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