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11/3/2016 Latest post:
Hello.. this is Lori speaking. We decided to set up this site since there are bound to be questions. Mom's cancer journey started on October 4, 2016, with the discovery of two lumps in her back. She had been having back pain and some stomach issues, so Dr. Hayes ordered a CT scan to rule out anything ugly. However, the scan revealed something quite ugly instead. Dr. Hayes thought it was probably lymphoma. A week later folks went to Dr. Cannon, an oncologist in Wichita. He, too, thought it was probably lymphoma and ordered a biopsy. The biopsy was unsuccessful as the sample wasn't viable. So Dr. Cannon set Mom up with Dr. McEachern, a surgeon in Newton. He performed a laparoscopy last Wednesday, Oct. 26, with results expected early this week. He, too, thought it was lymphoma, though it had grown since the CT scan. Monday we learned the pathologist had sent the sample to Mayo for a second opinion. Tuesday Dr. McEachern told folks that the pathologist was suspicious it was a much more serious cancer that would be difficult to treat. It felt like our world fell in. Melissa & Bailey packed up (again) to spend the grim days of waiting for the Mayo results with folks. But today there is a ray of hope. Please keep praying for Mom & Dad and all of us. There is real power in prayer.