After her difficult treatment journey, Kistler received the best news of all: she was cancer-free.
To prevent her cancer from returning, it was recommended that Kistler take anti-hormone medication for at least 10 years. Kistler’s care team also recommended that she not become pregnant, which was difficult for her to come to terms with.
“It was hard for me to hear that it wouldn’t be safe to have more children, which was something we really wanted for our family,” Kistler says. “However, something amazing came out of that – my husband and I are now foster parents.”
Kistler is very thankful for the members of her care team and everything they have done – and continue to do – for her.
“My doctors and nurses were so thorough and supportive throughout every stage of my treatment,” Kistler says. “Even now, they still check up on me, and I see Dr. Lamparella every three to four months.”
She hasn’t just come back for her appointments, either. In December 2021, Kistler and her family created care packages for patients and brought them to Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute for distribution.
“A little comfort can go a long way when you’re facing cancer, and this felt like a great way to show our support during the holiday season,” Kistler says. “My family and I are so grateful for Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, and we wanted to show our support for not only the clinicians, but the patients as well.”