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11/2/2016 Latest post:
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Laurie had a tough summer. The main problem she was having was increasing nausea and a full feeling any time she tried to eat. This full feeling made her very uncomfortable and interfered with her sleep.
Many tests and Doctor visits later it was determined that her gall bladder was full of "sludge" and on Sept. 9, 2016 she had surgery to remove it. Recovery from the surgery was slow and the inability to eat much did not really improve. Laurie lost quite a bit of weight over the summer and the weight loss accelerated into the fall.
An MRI at the very end of September showed a mass on her pancreas and more smaller spots on her liver. The surgeon who took out her gall bladder referred her to the Mayo Clinic. Laurie met with the Gastroenterology department. A biopsy of her liver in mid-October confirmed our worst fears that this was pancreatic cancer and it had spread to her liver.
Laurie was transferred to the Oncology Department at Mayo. The Oncologist met with Laurie and offered a few options. None of them were great. Laurie chose to try chemo to see how she handles it. Her first chemo treatment was on October, 31st, 2016.