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May 16, 2021
On Tuesday March 8th Lorraine went to the doctor for a normal procedure. They found that her oxygen levels were fluctuating but they were able to get her stable again. As she was getting ready to leave she began having trouble breathing. She was rushed to Roper St Francis hospital where it was discovered that she had a collapsed lung and a mass in her chest. After many tests she was diagnosed with a Cancerous GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor).
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are soft tissue sarcomas that can be located in any part of the digestive system. Their most common sites are the stomach.
After almost 2 weeks of being in the hospital and away from her family, a plan was finally starting to take form. The doctors were able to use information from the test to develop a treatment path. The typical options were chemo or radiation treatments. This is in hopes of shrinking the tumor because it goes from her throat to her stomach. The tumor would need to be smaller in order to remove it safely. We were very worried about such a harsh treatment. We are worried not only about her body, but also the trauma of possibly losing her locs that she's been growing for over 20 years.
all the prayers that have been going up have put us in a better State of mind. The entire plan of recovery is still being discussed. It has been decided that a less invasive treatment that is still 95% effective will be the next course of action. The process will take a few weeks to begin so please keep her in your prayers. Thank you so much for all the prayers and well wishes that she is already received. She really appreciates your love.