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Jul 14, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Maggie is my sister. She will turn 56 years old this year in September. She is the third of 8 girls. Since 2016 she had been challenged with severe abdominal pains, heavy menstrual cycles lasting up to 20 days at times and some times coming on twice a month. She was diagnosed with a benign tumor. Her OB/GYN told her she didn't need surgery when she visited him in June 2016. He told her that after menopause the tumor would shrink and the bleeding would go away and she would be fine.
She continued to have very heavy bleeding and the pain in her pelvic and abdomen areas got worse. She begin to lose weight rapidly. Going from 162 to 138 in a matter of months. I took her to the ER on August 3, 2017. A CT scan was done of the Pelvic and abdomen area. They said they were concerned because the tumor was exceptionally large and called her OB/GYN and said he should check her to rule out Endometrial Sarcoma. She went to him on 8/24/16 and while he put in his notes he felt a hysterectomy would be necessary to relieve her of issues involving the tumor, he told her again the tumor would shrink after menopause and did not bother to perform the hysterectomy.
My sister was rapidly losing weight. On August 28 she went back to her PCP who sent her to an oncologist OB/GYN who was concerned about the size and continued growth of the tumor and decided to do a hysterectomy immediately. When the surgery was performed, it was found that my sister had a rare cancer that is only found in approximately 1% of the population in the world called Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma, A cancer that develops in your endometrial tissue and is mostly only found after a hysterectomy is performed. She was already at stage 4. It had spread and began to grow in her uterus, ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes and bile. All of which was removed.
She was started on a very aggressive form of chemotherapy but was told that at the stage it was found in the survival rate is 5 years or less because of her race, gender and age. She agreed to take the aggressive form of chemo.
This pass Monday, March 12, 2018, I took her to her scheduled appointment to see her doctor. I took my 4 year old daughter to the ER while she was seeing her doctor, because she was scheduled for chemotherapy after the office visit. My sister Maggie called me crying asking me to please come downstairs because they saw two mass on her liver. By the time I got downstairs, her visit with the doctor was over, and her scheduled chemo had been cancelled because they needed to see what needed to be done to move forward.
I emailed her doctor on Friday and asked her if she could give me a heads up on Monday before we got there is the cancer was back. Her doctor called me and told me that the cancer had returned to each area the cancer had been removed from, and the tumor that was removed had come back even bigger. The two mass were not in her liver but were very close to the liver. She said that while it did not look good, they did have a new type of chemotherapy that had been developed in 2016 that seemed to give patients a good survival rate and they would start this on Monday if she agreed to it.
She has not been told yet that the cancer is back. This past Thursday she was so sick. She was throwing up so badly and had diarrhea. She could keep nothing down. She is staying with me during the challenge, rather than staying home alone because she is not married and doesn't have children. She asked me if I thought she was dying. I told her NO. I just believed that God was purging her body of all the chemicals and things that should not be in her body. Today she was very sick again. She asked me If I thought she was dying. I said no, but all of us are going to die at some point, so let's not worrying about dying let's just enjoy each moment that we have. Live life to the fullest.
I am a Pastor and a former chaplain. I know all the scriptures and right words of comfort. I know God is a healer and a worker of miracles. I have seen Him work so many times before. However, while I am believing Him for a miracle, my heart is still very heavy because my sisters and I are so very close.
I stayed at church last night. When I first went in, it was hard for me to say, "God, let your will be done" because I know it could very well be His will not to heal her here on earth, but to take her home with Him, and that isn't the answer that I want. But I know all to well that God knows what is best for us and He will put no more on us than we can bear. The human side of me is holding on to her with all that is within me. I refuse to believe that this is the end and that God won't heal her.
So I ask each of you who reads Maggie's story to please join with me in the power of faith and prayer and believe with me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for a miracle to take place in her life. I thank and appreciate you so very much.