Marian (Mern) Coveny Marian’s Journey

First post: Sep 20, 2020 Latest post: Jul 14, 2021
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Marian’s journey started in April when she noticed pain in her back and stomach. She contacted our family doctor, in May, who sent her for an ultrasound in June. That came back clear. Then she went for a colonoscopy and blood work in July which also didn’t show any signs of trouble.
However, the pain continued. On August 10, Marian went to Orangeville Hospital Emergency with the hope of receiving a CT scan which she did. The results showed a 3cm mass on her pancreas. On August 17, she went to Brampton Civic Hospital for an endoscopy and biopsy. On August 20, we learned of the diagnosis...pancreatic cancer. The good news is there is no sign of spread. A CT scan of her chest on August 29 was negative.
On September 2, we met with Dr. Wen (surgeon) who explained the next step...a distal pancreatectomy. On September 25, Marian will have the tail half of her pancreas and her spleen removed. She will likely be in hospital for 4-5 days. The surgeon called her the “ideal patient” due to her fitness and lean body. He feels she will handle the surgery and recovery well.
So for now, we are trying to eat well, stay positive, and keep busy cycling, hiking, golfing and visiting family and friends (all while physically distancing of course).
Marian has received an enormous amount of love, support, and prayers from all her family, friends, and former colleagues. It has given us both a great deal of comfort and hope at this difficult time. We all know Marian is a fighter and will get through this. However, your words of encouragement have been an unbelievable source of strength and inspiration.
Please continue to keep Marian in your thoughts and prayers as her surgery approaches on September 25 at 11:30am at Mississauga Hospital. ♥️🙏

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