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I'm 47 years old and have a pretty good life with the exception of continual health problems since birth. I thought that things were on the up and up as I hadn't had any major problems or hospitalizations for the last two years... Then a all lump the size of my pinkie appeared and started to grow. Without health insurance and not experiencing a buy pain from it, I just carried on with my life. But after two years, I could no longer ignore this mass that had horsemen to the size of small peach. As I had recently obtained full time employment and health insurance, I went to a doctor who had performed an eliostomy four years prior. He was immediately concerned and began the process of scheduling surgery. The mass was removed and sent off for analysis. Two weeks later, I received a call from the doctor's office advising me to come in to speak with the doctor. Phenomenology had come back positive for adenocarcinoma. Because of its location, I was referred to a Gynecological Oncologist. Afterror a fifteen minute examination, the doctor told me another surgery needed to be scheduled as there was another mass that he believed was the primary site for the carcinoma. A month later, and another surgery (only six weeks after the first) and two days later the obgyn oncologist informed me that I had Stage 3C Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma (PPC), which came with a 39% survival rate in the first five years. So here I am 18 days after surgery awaiting the first of 14 chemo treatments that will begin on Agust 7th. This my place to give updates, simple wisdom, maybe even a few funny stories as I make my way through the fight of my life. I welcome friends and family to check in regularly to see what I'm up to and to let me know how you're doing (it ain't all about me after all lol). Thanks so much for your kind words, encouragement, positive thoughts and prayers.