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Rhonda, a wickedly intelligent woman of incredible strength, courage, compassion, boundless energy and stellar health, was issued the ultimate challenge of her life. For a few weeks this fall/winter, Rhonda was experiencing some abdominal discomfort and hip pain. If you know how STUBBORN Rhonda is, you know that she persevered through this discomfort by not letting anyone know of her struggles. She continued being SUPER WOMAN for all: spouse (Art) , mother (Isabella and Carlos high school students), super sister (to Carla) and super daughter (Mom), Crossing Guard for the 563 Georgetown students and teacher assistant for some very special Georgetown kindergarten students --- and much much more.
On February 2, with Art out of town, Rhonda reached out to her sister Carla and asked for help to get to the hospital. Rhonda was taken by ambulance to Metro Hospital and treated for multiple health needs. The first priority became an unknown heart issue which required use of the "crash cart" to treat Rhonda for a cardiac arrest. Following this, Rhonda went in for emergency surgery to remove a cancerous mass from her colon as well as some infected areas. Later that same weekend, Rhonda had a second surgery to make sure all infection had been removed.
Rhonda was in METRO ICU through February 16. During that time, she had a third surgery to assist with her recovery. Her family was there for support -- and to help her rest, recover and understand all that had happened -- as well as wrap her head around next steps for her recovery.
On February 16, Rhonda graduated to Mary Free Bed for her next stage of recovery. She is receiving occupational therapy and physical therapy: Goal gain mobility and strength to recover at home.
Rhonda's diagnosis: Colon cancer, which has spread to her liver. Treatment to begin once she is stronger. Heart complications --currently being treated with medication. Super stubborn, resilient, sassy, sarcastic, compassionate and caring phenomenal woman (yes, that is part of her diagnosis).