In mid November, Nancy was really fatigued, fighting what she thought was a chest cold that would not go away. An initial doctor's visit turned into a hospital stay on 11/14 to investigate a blood clot in her leg. In the hospital they found her to be very anemic requiring a blood transfusion. This led to further testing which identified issues with her kidney function and lesions on her liver. This lead to a series of additional test to look for various types of cancer (colon, ovarian, lung, stomach, etc). Nothing was found. After getting properly hydrated, her kidneys returned to normal and she was released from the hospital on 11/18 with follow up exams scheduled.
On 12/8 she was re-admitted to the hospital as the anemia returned. Her kidneys were functioning well enough to allow for a CT Scan - this was not an option during her original hospital stay. During this scan doctors were able to identify Stage 4 liver cancer. It is inoperable and she is not strong enough for chemotherapy.
The good news is that she is not in pain and she is able to be home for hospice. She is very weak however and instead of visitors she would prefer messages or calls via Skype (Skype ID: Jim & Nancy Stiller).
As she begins this final journey, Nancy would like everyone who has touched her life to know how thankful she is to have known them. We are certainly grateful for time we have had with this amazing woman.