Now five years with No Evidence of Disease. Yay!
It's hard to say where this story starts. I don't know when the cancer began, I'm not sure when I recognized that something was not quite right. The lump I discovered in my abdomen might have gone unnoticed if I hadn't been successful in the weight-loss study. Without the monthly weigh-in I doubt I'd have been as aware of an odd tendancy toward, ahem, constipation. These 2 things, added together over the course of several months finally sent me to my regular doctor. Eight days later I had surgery. A hysterectomy, appendectomy and a few more -ectomies I don't know. At first we didn't know the tumors were cancerous. When it was revealed that they were it felt as thought the bottom had dropped out of my life.Once we had a name: mucinous adenocarcinoma, the research began. For the most part the reading was scary. One good part was the doctor to whom we were referred, Dr. Todd Tuttle at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. Both in blogs and on Google, Dr. Tuttle has a reputation for agressive and successful treatment of this kind of cancer.