Phyllis was recently diagnosed with cancer located in her peritoneum. The peritoneum is a thin delicate sheet that lines the inside wall of the abdomen and covers the uterus.
The VERY good news is that there is no indication it spread and they are able to remove 99% with immediate surgery. The surgery is extensive because they will remove many of the non-essential organs it’s connected to, to prevent recurrence. After the surgery she will have chemotherapy.
It’s a bit of a miracle that she found it. She was experiencing severe stomach bloating for a few weeks and was being treated by her primary physician. As “luck” would have it, she was scheduled to see her dermatologist, who is a family friend. She goes every 2 years. When the doctor saw mom’s stomach she felt it was more severe and sent her to get tests. It’s because of this that they found it.
Another blessing that is making this much easier on mom and the family is that her nephew, Glenn Levine, works as a physician at Long Beach Hospital and has been an enormous help and support, expediting testing and connecting her with the best oncologists. And he and his wife Stacey (also a doc) are able to visit and be with my mom and dad despite the restricted COVID visitation policy.
Lots to be grateful for and we believe YOUR prayers will help add to the grace she has already experienced. I know she has helped so many of you over the years with her amazing heart and hugs. ❤️
Thank you for holding space for the best possible outcome for the 12/1 surgery and beyond. She said, “I’m am NOT done here yet.”