Aug 28, 2017 Latest post:
Nov 11, 2018
Hi friends and family, Madeline is battling ovarian cancer. She had a fast-growing mass in her abdomen that had tripled in size in the last few months to about 6 inches in diameter. She had pain and discomfort for months, but her condition was misdiagnosed. Once the right doctor (Dr. Dilgeet Singh, a female gynecological oncologist surgeon who is fabulous) got involved on 8/24/17, the system started moving VERY quickly. She had surgery on Monday 8/28/17, was in the hospital for 6 nights, and went home on Sunday 9/3. She contracted a couple of very bad infections that walloped her for weeks after discharge, but is better as of 9/22/17. Mad has stage 3C Serous Ovarian Cancer. The tumor was softball-sized and there was some cancer on her colon that they zapped with a laser. They removed most infected lymph nodes but not all. The remaining ones are high up in her abdominal area, wrapped around blood vessels and un-removable. They think this cancer doubles in size every 2-4 weeks, so it is aggressive, but the doctors hope that chemo, directly into her blood stream, will zap them. Chemo will start on 9/28/17 and last ~6 months: six 3-week cycles. Dr Singh has said there's an 85% chance of remission for 6 months to 2 years, maybe longer (considered cured at 5 yrs). Mad will lose her hair. If you are looking for ways to support Madeline, she will need help through the chemo treatments, and there is also a GoFundMe site linked here if you're inclined to make a financial donation. Madeline's income comes exclusively from her tutoring and swim lesson business, so financial support is extremely appreciated. Madeline looks beautiful and is at peace with this journey, for now, whatever the future holds. She is fighting hard and appreciates your love, care and support more than anything. Update on 8/24/18: Madeline's chemo ended up going through 5/4/18, and since then she has hadinfusions of a drug called Avastin every 3 weeks. She lost her hair last year and it's been busy growing back, as she has been busy getting back to life and strength and normal routines. Read recent updates for more information. It's been one heck of a year!