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6/24/2016 Latest post:
In 1992, Diane was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects only one in one million people, and given 6-12 months to live. Fifteen years later in 2007, her cancer returned, this time to her liver. She had major surgery to remove the tumor and part of her liver. Four years after that in 2011, she started chemotherapy to shrink some tumors before having another major liver surgery in 2012. Since then, her cancer has returned to her liver, one lung, hip bone, and spine and she has had numerous surgeries and treatments to rid her body of tumors. In November 2014, Diane had a routine ablation of some tumors at MD Anderson which caused her to end up on life support and in the ICU for over two months. Once she recovered from that, she developed a bad case of shingles, which lasted over a year and required her to take a lot of pain medication. On May 16, 2016, Diane began chemotherapy for the third time. This caused her counts to drop, which resulted in hospitalization for pneumonia. While in the hospital, she developed an internal abscess on her chest, which required surgery. The "tumor" was benign although the surgeon at BSA told us there was a 99% chance it was leiomyosarcoma.