Cheryl O'Donnell

First post: Dec 18, 2018 Latest post: Dec 29, 2018
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Mid October 2018, I had my annual physical and told my doctor that I was having gall bladder symptoms.  An ultrasound verified that I had gallstones but also showed a possible mass on my liver.  A few days later a MRI was done which showed a large mass in my abdomen.  On October 31 I had a biopsy and on November 2, I received a phone call from my doctor to tell me that the biopsy came back as serous carcenoma, overian cancer.   We were already at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN for appointments for Tom so the timing could not have worked out better. 
On November 5, I met with the GYN surgeon and surgery to remove the cancer from my abdomen was scheduled for November 7.  The surgery was expected to be a 2-4  hour surgery but there was much more cancer than expected and instead was an 8 hour surgery.   There was a lot of cancer in my abdomen but we were blessed that there was no cancer on my liver, pancreas, or spleen.  There was some cancer on my stomach which they were able to remove like removing a mole from the skin.  
I spent 8 days in the hospital recovering from the surgery, basically 2 steps forward and 1 step back. 
I started chemo 3 weeks after surgery and will be getting chemo weekly for 18 weeks at Mayo Clinic. 
I am going to beat this cancer!

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