Peggy Bowie

First post: May 22, 2020 Latest post: Oct 24, 2021
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On the afternoon of December 30, after a nap, I was unable to wake her up. The EMTs arrived  and initially thought she had a stroke. Subsequent tests in the ER and ICU determined otherwise as some kind of brain infection. A biopsy was inconclusive. She came out of the coma a few days later and after a few weeks at Harris, was discharged to a rehab hospital. She started rehab at Harris a few weeks later until mid March when that service shut down due to Covid-19 all the while with no diagnosis. Another MRI in mid March revealed additional suspicious brain activity and her neurosurgeon ordered a second biopsy on the new infected area. That biopsy initially determined that her condition was glioma of a low grade. After further consultation with UT Southwestern Dallas, three difference neurological specialists (surgical, radiology and chemotherapy) determined her condition was glioblastoma level four. The location of the tumor ruled out surgery. While radiation and subsequent chemotherapy were treatment options, her cancer is not curable. Treatment would not be successful, while the potential side effects onerous. Consequently, Peggy chose the palliative option and valued the quality of life prospects, simply treating the symptoms of managing pain and controlling frequent daily seizure activity. Peggy's faith is strong as she is on the threshold of a new life for eternity. Pray for continued comfort and peace, along with strength for her family at this difficult time.