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In May of 2012 after a routine exam Kris was referred to a hematologist and diagnosed with Idiopathic Hemolytic Anemia. The Hematologist began steroids and her anemia began to shown improvement. July, leery of the Idiopathic diagnosis we pushed for an abdominal CT Scan (from the chest down) but it found nothing. The end of October she began to experience abdominal bloating and saw her docter's Nurse Practitioner (NP). The NP did chest x-rays and didn't find anything. Suspecting Kris was experiencing weight gain because of steroid therapy, the nurse recommended Tagamet and told her to follow-up if she didn't feel any better.
Three weeks later, Kris was worse, bloating began affecting her breathing. She saw her doctor on Nov. 13th and they found a lesion on her liver and fluid building up in her abdomen. Doctor's instructions go to the ER if her breathing or discomfort got worse. Nov. 15th, saw a Hepatologist (Liver Doctor). The Liver Doctor reviewed her CT scan and did a Paracentesis to remove excess fluid in her abdomen. After the procedure, having less fluid in her abdomen, Kris was able to breath easier and felt well enough to work on the Friday November 16th.
The Liver Doctor (Hepatologist), explained the lesion was not "Liver Cancer" but a metastasis from somewhere else. Fluid removed during Paracentesis showed Adenocarcinoma.
With fluid building up again Kris was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic November 27. During her stay they confirmed the cancer in her liver was caused by an ovarian cancer metastasis (Stage IV).
Size and location of the liver tumor was preventing surgery. Krissy was discharged November 28th started Chemo November 29th, 2012.
While Kris's treatment for ovarian cancer was considered a success, it is not without life changing impacts. One of the most concerning, the development of myelodysplastic syndrome - MDS. (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/myelodysplastic/Patient/page1
) Kris is now fighting again for her life, the hope is she can get to bone marrow transplant, her only chance for a cure. Good news is her Brother Bob is a match, the bad new is she has been faced with a number of setbacks keeping the medical team from moving forward with the transplant. The original date for the transplant process was planed to begin the week of January 12, 2015 and is now on hold.
2015 was a trying year, we learned the Ovarian Cancer came back and as a result Kris is no longer eligible for a Bone Marrow Transplant. Things have continued to progress and we are now in 2016 with Kris fighting for her life against MDS and Ovarian Cancer. The medical team has once again informed us there are no good treatment options.