In May of 2014, Marian was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. She had extensive surgery, followed by 6 weeks of radiation. In March of 2017, tests confirmed that the sarcoma had returned. Her surgeon from St. Luke's East Hospital said that she had done all she could, and she referred Marian to MD Anderson in Houston, TX. In April, Marian started a series of tests & consultations, resulting in the following conclusion: she has a rare form of a rare cancer, plexiform fibrohistiocytic sarcoma. This typically appears in patients between the ages of 2 & 20. The surgeon is concerned because Marian will need to have approximately 30 centimeters of her back removed, and she doesn't have enough skin, fat, tissue and muscle to replace what will be taken. This is where I come in. After testing to confirm that we are a match, which we had already assumed, since we are twins, I will be able to provide Marian with skin, fat, tissue and muscle to replace what they remove. Marian's cancer surgery is scheduled for June 26, and the transplant surgery is scheduled for both of us on June 30. From the beginning, the American Cancer Society has been supportive in helping us find affordable lodgings. We have also been blessed with the caring support of family and friends. We are in an excellent medical institution, and we expect a successful outcome.
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