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Jim and Ora were each diagnosed with cancer within a few weeks of each other. Jim was originally diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer but another colonoscopy read by a surgeon showed the tumor to be in the lower rectum. An MRI showed cancer in three lymph nodes which makes his diagnosis stage 3 rectal cancer. He is still waiting to be assigned both a radiation oncologist and rectal oncologist approved by his insurance plan.
Ora had a hysterectomy in November because of precancerous cells in her cervix. The pathology of the area surrounding the cervix came back clear. In June, she went for a follow up Pap smear of the upper vaginal wall, just to make sure all was okay, It was not. The HPV virus, which caused the initial problem, reared its ugly head again and attacked her vagina when it couldn’t find a cervix. This is apparently extremely rare but I’m saying this as a word of caution. Just because your female parts are gone doesn’t mean you are in the free and clear. Just be aware. Anyway, Ora has stage 2 vaginal cancer. Because of the rarity of her cancer, her oncologist sent her to MD Anderson’s main campus in the Medical Center to be treated. She has chemotherapy on Monday’s and radiation on Monday thru Friday. She just finished her first week of treatment.
We ask that you pray for God’s healing powers, oncologists be assigned to Jim ASAP, and courage and strength for both Jim and Ora as well as their children. We have faith that God will see us through this. Thank you for visiting our site.