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Back in April 2019 Maddy went through a series of surgeries including an emergency colectomy, re-section, and creation of a "J-pouch". They thought they had gotten all of the disease only to find out a short time later that it has spread to the remaining parts of her GI. In 2020 she was scheduled to start a new chemotherapy to hold the cells at bay only to find out that she was entering peri-menopause due to previous medications. Maddy successful went through 2 rounds of fertility drugs to freeze whatever eggs they could harvest. Due to your support and generosity, she was able to freeze 6 eggs, giving her a chance to become a mom to her own offspring. She then went back on a chemo regime that we quickly learned was not effective, while also beginning discussions with Cleveland Clinic about a potential intestinal transplant. Yeah, its a thing!! Who knew!
This week Maddy was admitted to Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio this past Monday due to some complications relating to her disease and other infections. She’s very weak, can’t eat, sleep deprived, throwing up, and her pain level has increased dramatically. She is also running a fever and experiencing with breathing issues. So far, the cause of her infection is not been diagnosed, but it seems to be in her lungs. They are running lots of tests to determine a course of treatment.
We have been working with their Transplant team for the past several months to see if she might be a candidate for gut rehabilitation or intestinal transplant. We are continuing to work with Sloan Kettering in NY as well in an effort to help address her short-term symptoms and establish a long-term plan.
The transplant team will be doing an exploratory surgery sometime next week (tentatively). They plan to biopsy her organs, assessing lesions/fistulas that might have formed, and most likely will remove her gallbladder. They will map our her intestines so they can better assess rehabilitation or transplant options. During the surgery, the may have to remove sections of her intestines or other organs as they learn more. The findings will help us determine our next steps. Since they are re-opening her mid-line scar and will be cutting through muscle, she will remain in Cleveland for 5-7 weeks for recovery.
Maddy has been fighting this shitty disease since she was 8. She is strong, but is her body has weakened over the last 11 years. She would appreciate your thoughts and prayers, but would also ask that you reach out to her. You can either call her, text her, send her some fun memes, anything to show your love and support. 🙏🏽❤️