Martha Trantow Mart's journey

First post: Jun 22, 2020 Latest post: Feb 19, 2021
Backstory: Mom had been having heavy cramping and pain every now and then, so she met with a gastroenterologist in January, who suggested a colonoscopy.  Since it was not constant pain, she thought she would wait until after the 50th Anniversary trip to Cancun.  With Covid-19 quarantine restrictions, she was forced to cancel her appointment.  Once she was able to, she rescheduled a colonoscopy and endoscopy on May 21st.  Results from that showed pylorus stenosis, (acid reflux).  Other written results contained the words "possible malignancy" and "metastasize", which raised concerns that had her quickly meet with an oncologist, Dr. Leslie, who had her do some bloodwork and a CT scan.   Since the answers were still not clear, she had eight needle biopsies to take samples inside her gut.  Those results were non-definitive, so she needed to meet with a  surgeon.  They decided to do a full laparotomy, in order to get a clearer picture, despite knowing that the recovery would be longer and more difficult.  That is the surgery that she just had today, June 22nd. 

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