Mary Jo Driscoll

First post: Sep 15, 2020 Latest post: Dec 7, 2020
Hi family and friends.,

As you know, I've been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  I was blown away, because I felt fine!  I did have one little "cramp" (literally, nothing more than that!) that I casually mentioned to my MD during a  serendipitously scheduled annual check-up.  She ordered some tests, and three days later I got the diagnosis.  I offer this preface as an important caution.  We know our bodies; if something, no matter how minor, feels off for any length of time, tell your doctor!

I made the choice to be treated at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.  They're amazing.  I have my own team of assigned doctors and nurses who work exclusively with women's gynecological cancers.  We're in touch, either at their instigation or mine, every few days.  I can't thank them enough.

My course of treatment is as follows:  I'm starting with chemo (three infusions, each 21 days apart), followed by a hysterectomy (12/7), and then three more chemo infusions.   That will bring me up to early March, 2021.  At that point we'll see where things stand.

I had my first infusion on 10/2.  After a week of the usual crummy side effects I'm now feeling human again. 

The outpouring of love and support I'm receiving from family and friends is overwhelming and humbling.  There are no words that can match my gratitude.

Please, everyone, keep your good thoughts and prayers coming.  But no pity!  Optimism and hope are the by-words!

Also, this site doesn't have to take the place of personal contact.  If you want to call, text or email, please do!

With love and thanks,

Mary Jo

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