Pam Dugger

First post: Apr 24, 2019 Latest post: Feb 7, 2021

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Mom and Dad got home from a much needed vacation in Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, April 16th. Mom had not been feeling well and after a failed attempt with her GP decided to try an OBGYN. Mom’s OBGYN of 42 years had retired in December of 2017 so she called Dr Storck based on a referral from a dear friend and they gladly agreed to see her on Wednesday. An exam Wednesday led to an ultrasound and a scan Thursday. Friday at noon we received the diagnosis of cancer. 

Dr Storck referred us to Dr Nick with Tennessee Oncology and we were off to St Thomas Midtown.
Around 8:30 pm Friday night, we would meet Dr Nick for the first time. She spent about an hour and a half with us, going over the scans and explaining the diagnosis in detail. We had been told that Dr Nick was very straightforward and she was. She is also kind and decisive. I want her to save my mom's life and I want to be her friend. She gave us hope and confidence that we would be receiving the best possible care and that this is a battle that we would win.

The weekend brought a bunch of tests, scans, biopsies, labs, etc. The news seemed to get harder but with each passing day but we all agreed that knowledge is power.

After a failed kidney stint, we successfully had a nephrostomy tube and her chemo port placed on Tuesday. For that we are grateful. Mom is sore but we were able to come home today! We will meet with Dr Nick tomorrow and get all the results and start chemo. The road to recovery begins!

We want to thank Dr Storck and her nurse Abby, Dr Nick, the surgeons that performed procedures, all of the nurses at St Thomas Oncology and every tech that cared for Mom. They were all so kind and gracious in offering their care and prayers. We are so grateful for the urgency and time that was given on Easter weekend.

We also want to thank our family, Mom and Dad’s friends and our friends for the outpouring of love and support. As overwhelming, shocking and scary as this diagnosis has been, the love has been even greater so thank you. We feel your love, your thoughts and your prayers. Please keep them coming and add mom to your worship prayer list.

Dad and I will update you on mom's care in the days and weeks to come. So many people have offered to bring food and/or help in anyway. We will take you up on that after we meet with Dr Nick tomorrow, have a plan and speak with the nutritionist. We want to make sure we are fueling Mom's good cells!

We love you and are so grateful for your support.

Tom, Pam, Lindsay, Ashley and Kyle

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