Bonnie Wolfe

First post: Jul 27, 2021 Latest post: May 4, 2022
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In 2017, Bonnie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was lucky that it was caught early in Stage 1 and only required a lumpectomy followed by radiation. She went into remission a couple of months later. In the 4 years since, she has been going to scheduled follow-ups with her Oncologist.
About 2 months ago, Bonnie started to have a lot of pain in her abdomen, which also spread to her back along with general tiredness and lack of energy to do much of anything. A little over a month ago she consulted with her primary care physician who ordered multiple tests and scans which did not indicate anything out of the ordinary.
However, during one her regular Oncology follow-ups, lab results showed a slightly elevated indicator that had previously been at normal levels. A follow-up appointment was made to re-check the levels at a later date. Results from that round of tests showed that the number had doubled which led to more labs and scans. Scans found a mass in the pancreas with additional lesions on the liver.  This, along with the elevated indicator, did mean cancer. At this point a liver biopsy was done, which was done to determine if this was breast cancer that had metastasized or a different cancer. 
On Friday, July 16, Bonnie was given the diagnosis of Stage IV Primary malignant neoplasm of pancreas. To simplify, she has Stage IV Pancreatic cancer that has spread to the liver. To anyone with knowledge of pancreatic cancer, this is a devastating diagnosis- generally a 6-18 month life expectancy. While this is an incurable cancer, it can be treated with chemotherapy to slow progression and give her the best quality of life possible.
Chemotherapy treatments begin Monday- this will be 3 weeks on, 1 week off of treatments for the next 4 months. There will be continued follow-ups to determine the success of the chemo. While this is a lot to take in and absorb the reality, Bonnie is determined to do everything she can to fight the good fight.
I will update as often as we have any new information.