Elizabeth Wyatt

First post: Oct 22, 2022 Latest post: Oct 19, 2023
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

Elizabeth is having surgery on Friday, October 28th for the removal of a fast growing 12 cm mass involving, at this time, her uterus and cervix. She will not get the benefit of laparoscopic surgery because the mass is so large. She gets the midline incision from belly button to bikini line. We are assuming this is just a “large mass/fibroid (think small grapefruit) hysterectomy”. Oncologist GYN, Kathleen Yang at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute will be her surgeon. We met her today and she is clearly the person to do this! There are oncologists involved because of the size and some tests results. Dr. Yang will do a biopsy during the surgery.

Because we’re hoping Elizabeth will be drugged sufficiently and unable to use her phone (wish us luck), we are using CaringBridge to update friends, family, and anyone interested in following her (hopefully short and simple) journey.

If you are interested in assisting Alissa with caregiving tasks like sitting with drugged out E (we will need this on weekdays and a few times on the weekend for a week or so - she can’t be left alone for so many reasons- just ask, we have stories) bringing ice, bringing food (Elizabeth is gluten free and dairy free and doesn’t eat much added sugar), errand running for groceries or meds, that would be great.

Update: E is managing her needs on her own now and you can email her or text her directly. We have not needed much food and her days are fairly small, so visits need to be short. We are also focused on keeping her healthy. She can’t get a cold or Covid again. So that limits things to some degree as well. We thought we were going to need more supervision but turns out she got off the narcotics pretty quickly and now just needs to have a little bit of help here and there.

She sends her love and thanks in advance for all the help, well wishes, thoughts and prayers.

Her surgery is at Peace Health Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield. She will be there for 3 to 5 days. Once we get her home is when we will definitely be needing support. Cards, thoughts, and prayers, are all welcome. She is very buoyed by all of your love and support.

P.S. Caring Bridge has some sort of donation engine that it will ask you to contribute to. It is not required. It can be a bit aggressive. Just a warning :)

Alissa

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The gofundme link if you’d like to follow that journey or donate is:
https://gofund.me/4f282f49

Venmo for folks who have asked or prefer it to gofundme:
https://venmo.com/u/ElizabethWyatt
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