Dec 12, 2017 Latest post:
Nov 26, 2020
On November 22, 2017 Angie was diagnosed with kidney cancer (left kidney), a large ovarian mass and a nodule on her right lung. Angie subsequently had a biopsy on her lung and it was confirmed that the kidney cancer had spread there. The gynecologic oncologist was optimistic the mass in the ovaries is benign, but to be sure there were no future complications we agreed a complete hysterectomy was the best course of action.
On November 30th her urologist and gynecologic oncologist scheduled surgery for December 14th to remove her left kidney, the mass in her ovaries and to perform a complete hysterectomy. The doctors were optimistic on her prognosis by performing these two procedures as one surgery and we are too. The surgery on December 14th went as planned and even a little better than anticipated when it came to the ovarian mass removal. Post surgery pathology showed no cancer in the ovarian mass, ovaries or other female parts removed during the hysterectomy.
The next step in Angie's journey was to have the area of the lung removed that was originally diagnosed with kidney cancer (surgery was scheduled for January 24th, but has now been shelved) and then proceed with kidney cancer treatment(s). Unfortunately a CT scan on January 15th ahead of the surgery revealed that several small nodules in both lungs had grown in size since the initial CT scan in November. Now Angie is beginning the targeted oral kidney cancer treatment drug called Votrient. Angie will have a follow up scan on April 2nd and visit with her oncologist on April 3rd. With the latest news on the cancer spreading in the lungs, we are pursuing a second opinion on Angie's treatment plan at the Mayo Clinic.
We will use this site to keep everyone updated on Angie's treatment plan/milestones that will unfold over the coming weeks, as the road ahead will likely have many twists and turns. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Our wish is to keep our lives as normal as possible for the boys and for us. Angie, Brendan, Jameson, Henry and I greatly appreciate the outpouring of assistance we have received and continue to receive in many forms since Angie's diagnosis. This support is allowing us to be strong and for the boys to have the normalcy we so desire for them.
Note from Jeremy: I have shared this site with as many of our family and friends-both near and far that I have email addresses for...I know I have missed many people. My goal is to harness the maximum power of prayer that we can get on our side for Angie. Please let me know if there is anyone else that we need to share the site with and I will do so. My email is: email@example.com