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May 17, 2018
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My story begins in 1993 when my appendix ruptured and I had surgery. The wound became infected, I was in the hospital 10 days and it never did heal right. I knew there was a surgical hernia there for years but it wasn't bothering me and I left it alone. With all our recent travels, my primary doctor had told me, that I could get it fixed when I wanted, where I wanted, and with whom I wanted, or suffer some consequences. I decided to have it fixed and had surgery on 12/4. When Terry and I went back for my recheck on 12/19, the surgeon told us that he was as shocked, as we were, and I had cancer. He had sent off some tissue that was "unremarkable and looked perfectly normal". It wasn't. We saw the gynecological oncologist on 1/3. I had a PET scan on 1/4. The gyn/oncologist called to report there was no involvement with the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes or anywhere else. I have peritoneal cancer, which typically goes to the female organs next. I will have a debulking surgery on 1/23. They will remove all those organs and do an intensive exam to see if anything looks abnormal. The surgery itself will be 3 1/2 hours and I will be in the hospital for a week. I will come home for 2-3 weeks and then start chemo, which will be infected into my abdomen as well as intravenously. I asked Dr Munoz what I should tell the girls and he told me to tell them "it is treatable, we have a couple of rough months ahead, and you should be fine". My primary doctor and the surgeon, who both have experience with patients with this cancer, say the same thing. I know God will heal me - completely and totally. Please add me to any prayer list, groups or churches you are in contact with. I have preop stuff on 1/15 and Terry and I may head out of town for a couple of days before surgery next week. Thank you all for all you mean to me! Love, Pat