Carol has been having abdominal pain for quite some time. Repeated visits to the doctors gave her no answers. Cindy and Larry brought her to the ER on January 30. They did a CT scan and said she was constipated and had a couple of spots on her liver and lung that they believed could be cancerous.
A liver biopsy was done during that visit and she was released with stool softeners and laxatives on Thursday, February 2. Kelvin was in town and decided to bring her to St Luke's on Sunday February 5 for abdominal pain. The ER doc indicated constipation as the culprit again. She stayed in Duluth at Nolan's until her follow-up appointment in Hibbing on Wednesday, February 8.
It was at this appointment that we finally received the biopsy results telling us that it was colon cancer that had metastasized to the liver and lungs. The doctor made it sound as if it was a few spots. He set up a colonoscopy and an appointment with an oncologist in Duluth.
That night and the following days, Carol suffered severe diarrhea due to medications she was taking to treat her constipation. Nolan even added a bathroom to the main floor for her convenience.
Carol again traveled to Duluth on Sunday night for her colonoscopy scheduled Monday. She stayed down until her oncology appointment on Wednesday.
When Dr. Goueli saw Carol, she appeared jaundice. He decided immediately that she was going in the hospital that night. He told us that the "spot" in her liver was actually a 5" tumor surrounded by other cancerous spots in the liver. The colonoscopy revealed a tumor as well. She also has a 1" tumor in her lungs with multiple spots there as well.
He was honest and said she was in a pretty bad spot and asked if she wanted to do chemo. After deciding to go forward with chemo, Dr. Goueli told us about a patient with a liver that was severely riddled with cancer who had survived another two years. Each case is different, but there is a chance to have more time with her family and she took it!