Elaine Hildebrandt

First post: Oct 25, 2022 Latest post: Apr 19, 2023
8/16/22 Mom was officially diagnosed with Stage IV A ovarian cancer.  

The back story .... 

On 8/8/22 after a month of mild shortness of breath and what felt like abdominal bloating, she had Dad take her to the first available primary care appointment she could get.  That day turned into a long one, they were sent to an emergency room where they spent the majority of the day doing testing and blood work, but getting little to no information, they were then admitted to another hospital (they were told it was the only one with beds left in the twin cities at that time) .

While there,  more blood work, more testing, a thoracentisis to drain the fluid off of her lung, to help with the shortness of breath.
No information, just people swooping around, finally Dr. Teoh (oncologist) on call one evening stopped in to see her, with Sam on the phone, she was finally given real information as to what they suspected. Ovarian Cancer. Dr. Teoh was reassuring. 

On 8/16/22 she had an appointment to meet her new oncologist, get an official diagnosis, and treatment plan. 
Mom was comforted to see Dr. Teoh walk in, she was the first one to be transparent and show her true compassion during that whirlwind. 

The plan was three rounds of chemo - 3 weeks a part, then to recheck with CT, surgery, then 3 more rounds of chemo - 3 weeks a part. 

She completed her third round of chemo on 10/7/22. Will have her CT scan on 10/24/22 and will see the Dr. Teoh on 10/25/22. More information will follow.

The first round of chemo was a little tough, not knowing what to expect, and having to make some changes.

But overall she has been feeling really well. Shaved off her hair. Sports a slouchy beanie now (she's very trendy)
We got her a huge collection of winter hats, that I am eager for her to start wearing. 

She still insists on being home for the Gopher and Viking games (boring), cooking, looking for all the chocolate recipes, loving grocery shopping (weirdo), and obsessing over her ridiculously large number of plants. 

In true Mom fashion she is constantly thinking about other peoples feeling and what they need. Trying not to make others feel uncomfortable. 
Nobody knows how to handle cancer, going through it or hearing about it. It sucks, it's uncomfortable, and every day brings new emotions. 
That is the main reason we have held off from a caring bridge or any public information. 
There is not a lot she can control throughout this, but when there is, we are insisting on doing it her way. 
She's open to talk about it and telling everyone, because she's "not hiding from it" 

Your love and support is appreciated more than you know.

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