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6/14/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated on our mother's fight and journey with Stage 4 Bilary LiverCancer. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. This website was started and will be updated by Karon's daughter, Angela Miller.
Mom has been amazingly positive through this entire ordeal. She wants to be surrounded by encouragement and positivity during this time. Please respect this with your comments and refrain from bothering her with texts about details.
Her story: After weeks of fatigue, digestion issues, weight loss and finally extreme pain, Mom was taken to the ER at Plano Presbyterian. Right away she was given a CT scan and it was very clear that the symptoms were occurring because of liver dysfunction due to tumors and masses inside the liver. (She had been to the ER a month before with similar issues and was sent home with a gastritis diagnoses) She was admitted to the hospital the night of May 24. May 25 she had an MRI and many blood tests in which the results supported a cancer diagnoses. Because primary liver Cancer is rare in someone who doesn't drink or have hepatitis c, the oncologist began the search for cancer in other parts of her body where it might have originated. Nothing was found and a biopsy was ordered. Right before the biopsy on May 26, The oncologist did a sonogram of her liver. It was at this point that we were told how severe the cancer was. She has a 10 centimeter tumor (which is bigger than the liver should be) on one side. The other side is covered with masses the doctor described as uncountable. We were told the biopsy would tell us what kind of cancer it was but that this was inoperable and that she was not eligible for a transplant. The biopsy confirmed Stage 4 Bilary Liver Cancer. This Cancer is the same as Pancreatic Cancer in that they share the exact same markers. If it had traveled to the pancreas, it would have been called Pancreatic cancer. But at this time it is only in the liver.
Because of pain management, Mom stayed in the hospital over memorial weekend and was suppose to decide if she wanted to do chemo. All along she had the mindset she wanted to fight. On May 30, she was released to go home and the brunt of her pain was being managed. Mom saw her oncologist and officially decided to do chemo. We began the task of packing up Mom's apartment and moving her into my home where we can better see to her needs. The move took place June 11. We wanted to get her completely settled before chemo, which begins today, June 13.
Thank you all for your support and prayers during this time.
Angela, Matt, Andrew and Nathan (Karon's children)