Heather Vandiver Heather

First post: Mar 8, 2020 Latest post: Apr 2, 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.
My journey so far: At age 38, on February 7, 2020, I underwent a routine hysterectomy for what were anticipated to be troublesome, but benign, fibroid tumors. However, pathology report on February 18, 2020 confirmed otherwise. The tumors were instead a leiomyosarcoma of the uterus (uterine leiomyosarcoma or ULMS). Essentially, uterine leiomyosarcoma is a smooth muscle malignant tumor, or cancer, of the uterus that develops in less than 1% of women with fibroids. For further management of this ULMS, I will be seeking guidance and treatment from a local gynecological oncologist and a sarcoma specialist through MD Anderson Cancer Center. My journey has only begun and there are still further diagnostics to take place. As I am writing this, the next step is a PET scan to determine if additional tumors are present. Once results are received from the PET scan and information is gathered from MD Anderson, we will collectively form a treatment plan. I invite family and friends to share in my/our journey through this online journal and hope that we collectively can share support, love and encouragement.