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5/19/2016 Latest post:
This past Friday (yes, Friday the 13th- lesson learned!), I went in for a colonoscopy because I had been having stomach issues. I was certain they would tell me that I had bleeding ulcers (buying 3 houses in 3 weeks is stressful! :) What they told me instead was that I had a malignant tumor. An endoscopic ultrasound was scheduled for today (5/17), where we found that I have stage 2 cancer, and will have to do radiation and chemotherapy, followed by surgery to remove the tumor. I will meet with the a surgeon tomorrow who will come up with a plan with the oncologist. We will know more tomorrow.
What I know today-
1. I am going to do everything in my power to kick this thing's ass. I am on a crazy "starve the damn tumor" diet, restricting anything that will give it energy/oxygen, etc.
2. I have the most amazing network in the universe. I got so many texts this morning I could not respond to all of them. I apologize profusely for that, but I am going to try to "slow down", so sometimes that will have to give. I will try to check in here as often as possible.
3. My family is so far beyond amazing. If I live to be 1000, I will never be able to repay my parents for all of their help these past few weeks. WAY beyond the call of duty!!
4. The only thing I need right now is prayers. So many people have asked what they can do- I am certain that I will need rides to chemo and radiation in the weeks ahead, but for right now, I'm trying to pretend life is status quo (HA! :) I promise, promise, promise to ask for help when I need it. (Maybe this is God's plan- teaching me how to do that! :)
5. Cancer freaking sucks.
That is all for now. My profuse thanks to all of you- I love you, and don't have words to express how grateful I am for your support!