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Feb 21, 2021
After having some throat issues for some time, Linda was diagnosed with Stage 4 Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer on September 24th, 2020. On September 16, a mass was found on her Thyroid. She was scheduled for a biopsy on Sept. 18th, but that morning she woke up unable to breathe. She was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent and then flown to IU Methodist in Indianapolis. Monday Sept. 21st, she had emergency surgery to remove the mass because it was restricting her airway. A small biopsy during the surgery told the doctors that it was an aggressive cancer. At that time they had only removed the thyroid and the mass. The cancer had already spread everything in her throat, as well as other organs and lymph nodes throughout her body. Sept. 25th she had a feeding tube put in and Sept. 26th a trach was placed in her throat. Her body rejected the feeding tube and she had to have it removed a couple weeks later. She had 10 consecutive radiation treatments after the surgery, and started a BRAF chemo medication treatment Oct. 27th. Since then, she was back and forth between 4 different hospitals 6 times, and 2 different nursing homes 3 times. She finally got to come home Jan. 5th 2021. A PET scan on January 28th that showed the Cancer spots all seemed to be stable and not growing. On Feb. 1st, she went back to the St. Vincent and found to have and infection and a virus (no, not Covid) and was taken off her Chemo treatment, and her body was struggling to fight the infection. The doctors didn't like how she was becoming less responsive. More testing was done, which showed air and infection had began leaking into her abdominal cavity. She needed surgery to find and fix that, but the surgeon said she likely not survive surgery. After discussion and weighing all options, the decision was made not to move forward with the surgery. At this time, arrangements and plans are being made to bring her home where she can be comfortable and surrounded by family.