Margaret McKee

First post: Aug 20, 2022 Latest post: Oct 10, 2022

Margaret will have to wrestle with a major surgery and complications that she will most likely face for several months afterwards before taking the next steps of her dreams.  She just finished high school in June.   She will be pursuing school next year to be a vet technician once this difficult chapter comes to a close regarding the surgery and her healing process.

We are so thankful she was able to complete high school first before having to deal with this challenge that we have known for the past 17 years.  Our family, from her dad's side, has inherited a rare genetic condition:

Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an inherited disorder characterized by cancer of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. People with the classic type of familial adenomatous polyposis may begin to develop multiple noncancerous (benign) growths (polyps) in the colon as early as their teenage years.  

Margaret has been followed for the last 4 years at Mayo clinic to actively monitor the progression of the disease to make sure that waiting until after she completed high school was safe and not endangering her future health.  She will now have her entire large intestine and possibly her rectum removed on August 30th as a proactive step to prevent cancer from developing.

As I had mentioned, this disease impacted me as well.  I had the surgery that Margaret will have back in August and December of 1996.

We will try to keep everyone up to date as possible.  Please rally around Margaret and our family during this challenging season.  

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