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Mary Catherine’s Story

Through adversity we grow, our growth maybe in tight rings like the tree that faces a drought, but those trees have the strongest core and will withstand the winds of the hurricane when they ar older.


It all started out when Mary went in for her college cross country phyiscal on July 28. Her doctor felt a mass in her pelvis and sent her to get a CT scan that day. The scan showed what was thought to be a large ovarian cyst. So then she was referred to the University of Minnesota Gynocology department. They also thought it was a cyst and scheduled surgery for August 8. It was supposed to be a 2-3 hour surgery and 2-3 day hospital stay. It turned into a 11 hour surgery which she recieved 7 pints of blood and 2 units of plasma. What they had found was a ganglioneuroblastoma tumor which was roughly 11cm by 11cm though at the time they weren't sure what it was. She was in ICU for a day and recieved 2 more pints of blood post-op. She had 35 staples starting an inch sbove her belly button, down around her belly button and down 6 inches. She was in the hospital for a total of 9 days. During those 9 days we heard bad news then good news. There were various tests and scans donewhile she was there and we left feeling cautiously optimistic. Then on Monday Aug. 21 we went back down for the results of the test. What was found was that the tumor had spread to her bone marrow in her left hip and femur. Also the tumor that was left was cancerous. So now she is starting chemotherapy on Monday Aug. 28 at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She will be there for 3-5 days every month for the next 4-6 months. She will probably have all of the common sypmtoms of chemo - hair loss, nasea, tiredness. Her tumor is rare - .15%. 50% of these tumors are found by the age of 1, another 45% by the age of 10, another 3% by the age of 16. Also only 5% of these tumors are found in the pelvis. Thank you all for all of your support - we love you all.

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Mary's Birthday

27 years ago there was this little bright-eyed bundle that was handed to me.  Even at just minutes of age she would engage you with those huge dark eyes and that searching look.  Those of you her knew her when she was older remember her with green eyes.  But when she was little her eyes were chocolate brown and they would just search into your soul with their wonderful depth.  I could lay for hours with her  on my chest.  Her little fingers would wrap in your chest hair nand she would just squeeze.  Even as an infant you could read to Mary she would sit and look at a book try to reach for it and coo. She hated car rides, and it took a long time, for her dumb parents to catch on to the fact the poor baby was car sick.  We miss her but these are memories of our baby we willl remember.  Arden 
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Bonnie and Gary Ives
By Bonnie and Gary Ives
I remember her baby eyes -- so deep. I am hearing that she is still hanging out taking care of the calves.
Love Bonnie and Gary
Tana Brown
By Tana Brown
Happy Birthday Mary! Thinking of all of you,
Tana
Elaine Byker
By Elaine Byker
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mary!!! Thinking of you and your family.
erin novak
By erin novak
Happy birthday to Mary. I think of you all so very often...
Love to you all.
Erin
john & carol giovinco
By john & carol giovinco
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ^Mary^!!!!....What a GREAT joy you brought to your parents and everyone who's lives you touched!!! You all remain in our PRAYERS.......GOD BLESS!
Carol & John G.
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Deborah Anderlie
By Deborah Anderlie
I think of Mary so often. I loved my years of kindergarten and fourth grade with her. Her beautiful long hair that her dad would braid. I imagine her running the sidewalks past the old ball field.
Michelle Litke
By Michelle Litke
Beautiful memories- something else that cancer cannot take away from us...
Barb Knudson
By Barb Knudson
What beautiful memories you have of your dear Mary. I wish I had had time to get to know her better.
Thinking of you all today and keeping you in my prayers.
Barb
Roxann Ramberg-Cossette
By Roxann Ramberg-Cossette
Beautiful, beautiful memories. Where would we be without them? Thinking of you.