***This page is being created to update all family and friends each time new information is given along this journey. Please do not feel as though you cannot call or visit Dorothy. She enjoys seeing her friends and family. If you wish to stop by for a visit, please give her a call first so that she knows you are coming!
Dorothy's story begins back in the early morning hours of Wednesday November 23, 2016. She was nauseated, dizzy and having trouble standing. Bob took her to the hospital early that morning thinking she had suffered a stroke. After hours in the ER, admitted to the hospital and a battery of test for the next several days, Dorothy was discharged. The final discharge diagnosis was vertigo and a referral to see an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor.
Several doctor visits and still the same info .... vertigo! Feeling dizzy and nauseated, Dorothy made it through Christmas and into the New Year like a champ!
Off to the next Doctor for a second opinion .... and he noticed a swelling in her neck. An ultrasound and biopsy were done the same week with a followup visit the following Tuesday! January 17, a Tuesday we will never forget.... we were given the news that the biopsy came back showing cancer cells. Thank goodness the Doctor sent us immediately to an oncologist who quickly ordered a PET scan, had a port placed so chemo could begin as soon as the PET scan results came in!
Monday January 23, 2017 was her next oncologist appointment, it was there she learned the details of her cancer - It started in her lung. The PET scan showed cancer activity in her lymph nodes and in her brain.
As anyone can imagine we all were quite concerned and had many questions. The Doctor was extremely positive and laid out the treatment plan with confidence and compassion.
Dorothy began chemotherapy on Wednesday January 25, 2017. Not sure what to expect, Dorothy made it through the 1st week of chemo like a trooper! She felt a bit weak and tired but that was to be expected!
Dorothy is off to a great start with her treatment with a positive attitude and a fighting spirit!
Dorothy saw the Oncologist on Monday when he explained she will receive 4 treatments of chemo (3 days of chemo every 3 weeks) over the next 3 months and then another PET scan will be done to determine how many more chemo treatments will be administered and when she will have radiation.
Dorothy is in good spirits and appreciates all the support from her family and friends! Continue to pray for Dorothy's peace and good health and don't forget to share words of encouragement and hope with her frequently!!