Heather Pollard Bowers

First post: Jan 30, 2018 Latest post: Aug 16, 2021
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How it started...December 4, 2017 I was at the Dragon football playoff game, feeling normal and celebrating a victory.  The next day I looked in the mirror and noticed that my stomach was pooched out.  Not like "I ate too many pieces of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving" pooched out but it looked odd.  Over the next 12 days I visited with multiple doctors, took tests and prepared for surgery.  My stomach had grown so that I looked like I was 7-8 months pregnant.  The original thought was I had ovarian cancer and the surgery was to remove the tumors along with a full hysterectomy.  

Surgery was on December 15 and after 9  days recovering I was released to go home on Christmas eve.  The pathology report showed the originating cancer was from my appendix.  Only about 1000 people a year are diagnosed with appendiceal cancer.  Very rare.  One in a million.

Here we go...