Jan 12, 2022 Latest post:
May 20, 2022
Greetings to the family and many friends of Carol and Alan Sleeper,
As you now know, Carol has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and will have surgery on Thursday, January 13th at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Physically she feels totally fine and is excelling in her normal fashion by getting everything organized as she prepares for the surgery and recovery.
Carol will be in the excellent hands of Dr. Fouad Abbas and his surgical team on Thursday. Both Carol and Alan made an immediate connection with Dr. Abbas, and while he is the Division Head of Gynecologic Oncology for Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, he also has an office in Easton, making follow up and further treatments much more convenient.
Sinai is providing a nice studio apartment at the Hackerman-Patz House on the hospital campus for Alan to stay during the expected 3-5 days post surgery. In addition, her daughter Heather, son-in-law Christian, and grandson, Dr. Sea Turtle Lucian, live in close proximity to the hospital so they will be able to be together, covid permitting. Their beloved pup Rosie will be spending her days being spoiled by her Uncles Bruce and James, and once Carol is discharged to go home, her lifelong best friend Lynne will come to be by her side for the recovery process.
What comes next?
Alan and Carol will know much more about this cancer post surgery, and we will post updates as we learn more. This page will be the best resource for information & updates, and we respectfully ask that you use the CaringBridge page as a way to check in, send well wishes, and allow both Carol and Alan the quiet and space to process what comes next.
Carol is in excellent physical shape, and her positive attitude is one of her greatest assets that will certainly serve her well through this journey. She comes from a long line of hearty and healthy North Carolina stock, and her indomitable spirit will undoubtedly shine through bright and sassy as she weathers this storm.
When Alan and Carol shared the news with us (in person, at the Avalon), there was a moment when Alan was telling us the news and Carol interjected and took over sharing her story for the first time. As she spoke, Alan steadily reached out and placed both of his hands on Carol's hand and they stayed that way through the entire conversation. It was one of the most reassuring physical movements I have witnessed in my life and was a beautiful reminder of the love and deep union they share. I think we all agree that Carol may be the luckiest woman on the planet to have Alan, Heather, and her many friends by her side.
We will hold tight on organizing meal trains and will communicate any needs they have as they arise. There will be ways to help and for now, sending love and well wishes is the best medicine.