Welcome to Pam's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated as Pam kicks cancer's butt! Thanks for stopping by.
We're so fortunate to have a strong community of friends and family supporting Pam on this journey. We are also extremely grateful for good health insurance and for living in Seattle, where we have access to great medical care.
Since lots of people ask how we found out Pam has cancer, here's the short story. In late January, Pam had severe abdominal pain and went to a walk-in clinic. While they were checking on the abdominal pain, she said, "Oh, by the way, can you look at this lump, too." The lump was an enlarged lymph node in her groin - she'd noticed it for a couple weeks, but it wasn't painful. They did an ultrasound of her abdomen and the lump. They said it was probably an abscess and sent her on her way with some antibiotics. Later that evening, they called and said they had looked at the ultrasound and they were referring us to an oncologist. A what?!
See the first journal update if you want to read the long version of how we came to know that Pam has Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. The first chemo treatment is scheduled for Friday, March 23. We'll keep you posted!
P.S. CaringBridge is a convenient site for keeping everyone updated. We're sorry for all the aggressive requests for funding from CaringBridge. Please know that we're not expecting anyone to make a donation. We have already made a donation to cover the site maintenance and there doesn't seem to be a way to get rid of the giant fundraising pitch in the middle of the page.