Hello Friends & Family, I am starting this page because I/we are getting a lot of messages from people asking questions, people that are concerned for our mom and people looking for updates - which we DEEPLY appreciate and understand but don't always have the time to reply to everyone.
So, many of you are asking how did we get to this point? Was she sick? The answer is that she was having stomach pains. They were so bad that she took an ambulance to the ER Memorial Day weekend. (for those of you that know her well - you know that she would NEVER call an ambulance for no good reason!!) While at the ER they ran some tests including a CT Scan. She had to drink a special dye called contrast before the scan so that they could get the correct imaging. She ended up throwing up after she drank it, but they proceeded anyways. The doctors were thinking that she had a blockage somewhere causing the pain and might have Crohn's. She was sent home after a few days and had to schedule multiple follow up appointments for multiple tests... many of them she couldn't schedule till the end of July. Fast forward to Thursday, June 14th. Mom was in so much pain again, and her gut told her that something wasn't right... she knew she couldn't wait another 6 weeks to get answers. Jace and mom left home for the ER at 7:45am. This time they did another CT scan (she didn't throw up the drink beforehand) and this time the imaging was different. A mass was discovered pushing up against her kidney and down to bladder. (ah-ha... this was the source of all that pain) The doctors went back and forth trying to figure out what type of procedure they could do to biopsy it. It was determined that the safest thing to do would be surgery on Thursday, June 21st. The surgery revealed that she had the awful c-word in multiple spots. We're currently waiting for the pathology report to come back (they said about a week) which is why we don't know exactly what kind of cancer yet. All that we know is that the doctor said she needs to heal and most likely start chemo in 3-4 weeks. As soon as we have the pathology report back and know more, we'll share. As for now, we're just waiting. We appreciate all the care and concern. Please keep her in your Prayers! We'll continue to update this site so check back.