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Thank you for visiting our Caring Bridge site.  Our family has decided to create this site to keep all of our family and friends updated on Mom's, Patty Thier, battle.
Mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on July 7, 2013, after feeling awful for weeks before the diagnosis.  She started chemo Tuesday, July 9th, and went through 3 rounds of chemo.  This made her weak but really cut back her fluid build up that she was having in her stomach. 
The plan was to go through chemo for 9 weeks - 1 dose every three weeks - then have surgery in September.  September 10th mom had her first PET scan.  The news came back to us that the chemo didn't do what they were hoping and that the surgery we were hoping and praying for would not be happening.  The tumors that have formed are too close to too many vital organs and the surgery would be too risky.
On Friday, Sept. 13th, Mom and Dad met with Dr. Maria Bell (mom's gyn oncologist) to find out her options going forward.  Dr. Bell mentioned she would be a great candidate for this experimental shot they were giving to ovarian cancer patient's to help to freeze the cancer.  She went on to explain that mom would be living with the cancer for the rest of her life, but by doing this shot it should contain the cancer from spreading anywhere else.
Feeling frustrated and questioning everything she had gone through this far, we contacted Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  They flew Mom and Dad out to their hospital in Chicago.  After meeting with the doctors there, they agreed that this shot would be a good starting place of something to try. So, after many tests and hoops Mom had to jump through to be a part of this shot, finally, Oct. 2nd, 6 weeks after her last diagnosis, she finally received her first shot.
It seemed like immediately after receiving the shot - fluid starting showing up again.  Mom would receive a shot once every three weeks, and every time the fluid would get worse.  She was going in once a week to receive an periocentesis to remove the fluid from her stomach. Then the fluid went from not only being in her stomach but also in her legs.  On October 26th, Mom had a drain placed in her stomach so she could drain the fluids on her own. 
Unfortunately, from there her health spiraled downhill.  The fluid build up became more and more.  It was hard for Mom to even get out of bed or be able to eat anything.  She was left with no energy or strength.  On Dec. 2nd, Mom went in for an appointment with Dr. Bell and she said that Sanford didn't have any more options for her.  She wouldn't be strong enough for any chemo treatments they had to offer, and Dr. Bell wouldn't be able to do much more so Mom was referred to Mayo Clinic.
Dec. 12th, Mom went to Mayo and they started testing at 8 am.  By that evening they had met with the Doctor who stated 1st thing we needed to do was get her nutrition up and then she is going to start back on chemo.
And so that is as far as we are with this Ovarian Cancer Battle...


Nikki McLendon posted a new journal entry, "She Won!!".

Mom has won her battle with Ovarian Cancer.  At 12:40 pm today she was welcomed into heaven.  She was surrounded by family, and went very peacefully.  Will give more ... Read more

Kathy Henderschiedt signed Patty's Guestbook.

Our deepest sympathy for your loss.  Patty will be missed physically but you will always have your memories, cherish them and share them with others, the best way to ... Read more

Bill and Fern Davidson signed Patty's Guestbook.

Robert, Courtney, and the rest of the family: Our loving thoughts are with you.  May you keep the many good memories of mom Patty alive.  We're sure she will be deeply ... Read more

Shelly Nibbelink signed Patty's Guestbook.

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength during this difficult time. Take comfort knowing Patty is in heaven, free of all pain and suffering. ... Read more

Rachel (Eickhoff) Hieronimus signed Patty's Guestbook.

So very sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during these trying times! God bless! Read more

Jessica Loosbrock signed Patty's Guestbook.

So many prayers are going up for your entire family right now.  Not only Patty but your family as a whole have been such great role models for how to live life with ... Read more

Don and Carole signed Patty's Guestbook.

Our prayers during this difficult time for everyone.   If anything is needed, just call, we will be there.  God's blessings to all of you!! Read more

Alice Reker signed Patty's Guestbook.

Continued prayers for peace and comfort in this time. Stay strong.-Alice (Reker) Singh Read more

Nikki McLendon posted a new journal entry, ""Winning" the battle against cancer...".

Sorry it's been so long since an update.  Mom was staying comfortable with her new chemo treatments, until a few weeks ago where she was becoming more and more weak. ... Read more

Bill, Patty, Lauren, MIranda, Morgan signed Patty's Guestbook.

Patty & Pat,We think of you often and hope that you are gaining your strength back.  Hopefully new treatments have started and they will be able to help you.  We ... Read more

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