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Renee Phillips Roggenbuck
Jul 28, 2016 Latest post:
Nov 7, 2017
On September 22nd, 2015 I celebrated my 50th birthday. I decided I should make visits to all my doctors and make sure everything was ok. After many appointments and tests, a cyst on my ovary was discovered, and I had surgery to remove it on June 27th. The doctor was concerned that it may be cancer, but we were relieved to discover it was benign. A few days after I came home from the hospital (July 7th), I started coughing up blood. My doctor told me to go to the Emergency Room right away, concerned that there may have been blood clots following the surgery. After some tests, there were no blood clots, but some "abnormalities" and I was admitted to the hospital. Further testing showed a mass in my esophagus, and biopsies revealed it was cancer. I was not able to eat or drink, so they inserted a feeding tube in my stomach to get me some nutrition. My quick trip to the doctor ended up in an 11 day stay at Methodist. They let me out in time to celebrate Alek's 15th birthday, on July 19th! Today (July 21st) I met with an oncologist at Abbott. He ordered a PET scan and MRI to help determine the best course of treatment. I will meet with him again on the 28th to discuss the results and make a plan.