As some of you may or may not know, Liz has been dealing with some health issues over the past several months. We (her family) wanted to start a caring bridges site is solely to help better communicate what is going on (not a fundraising page). We appreciate all the outreach, care, and concern sent from so many of you already for not only Liz, but Danny, Sam, Phil, Amy, Andy, and the grandkids too. Using Caring Bridges as a communication tool allows us to get the correct information out to everyone in a timely fashion. By clicking on the journal tab it will let you read through the different entries from us for an update. It also allows us (her immediate family) and yourself to maximize our time with her so that we can have meaningful conversations as opposed to repeating much of the same information many many times. For those of you that have not known as much about the past few months. We included a short re-cap below.
In August, she was diagnosed with diverticulitis. She was referred to several specialists in Sarasota who continued to do testing on her as the symptoms persisted. After many tests and doctor visits, she was scheduled for an exploratory laproscopic surgery. The doctors had said she would likely end up with a colon resection to remove the diseased (from diverticulitis) portion of her intestine. We were shocked and saddened that instead of a colon resection she was diagnosed with Stage IV Peritoneal cancer on Friday, March 9th. What we know is that she has a tumor in her sigmoid colon and the cancer has spread to the peritoneal cavity and specifically was found on the intestine and omentum. Peritoneal cancer is a very rare cancer with no known cure at this time due to the complexity of the peritoneal cavity (which is the lining of the abdominal cavity/organs) so it much more involved than other types of cancers. The best plan for treatment from what we have been told is to do chemo therapy which Liz is prepared to start.
Again, thank you for all the love and support and we will keep you updated via Caring Bridges. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as this will undeniably be a tough journey ahead.