Nanette Hockert

First post: Dec 12, 2018 Latest post: Jan 3, 2020

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On November 14th I went to the walk in clinic for a terrible cough.  The doctor decided it was my asthma and gave me prednisone to settle it down.  It worked great and I felt great so thought I was on the mend.  I quit taking the prednisone on Sunday and I spiked a fever on Monday, with Thanksgiving coming up that week I toughed it out and just took over the counter stuff that didn't help a whole lot.  On Saturday, November 24th,  I had some time so went in to the walk in clinic once more with my fever, fatigue, and cough.  Also in the time frame I realized I had lost 22 pounds which was a bit startling as well as I do not lose weight that fast.  As we did my tests they were all coming back in the normal range so was feeling like I wasn't going to get any answers.  The nurse practitioner that was seeing me knew there was something wrong though so kept pushing.  The only thing that did come back different was I was anemic so she thought maybe a small bleed somewhere so did a CT scan of my abdomen.  What she came back with was not what we were expecting.  She came back with a diagnosis of metastatic liver cancer, which means it is a different cancer on my liver, it had moved already.  We moved our hockey players out of the house on Sunday as we thought that was best for me and for them.  They need to focus on hockey, not my illness.  We spent the following Monday trying to figure out where the cancer came from as you can not get an oncologist until you have the type.  We ended up doing a liver biopsy the following Friday, November 30th,  that was sent to Mayo for analysis.  When the analysis came back it confirmed it was cancer, but again we had no origin.  Since it was confirmed though we finally got an oncologist and case worker on December 10th. 
I want to note... I have been through a lot in my lifetime... I look at this as just one more thing I need to get through.  I have no intention of letting this beat me.

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