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5/19/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
In April 2016, Sonja had surgery to remove a tumor that doctors thought was on her ovary. The surgery went well but was longer and more complicated than expected. It turned out that the tumor was not on her ovary at all, but located farther down where it was harder to access. The tumor was entangled in several blood vessels, and pressing on a primary nerve. Removing it apparently was tricky because the surgeon called in a colleague and also a vascular specialist for consultation, but it was successfully removed. The initial testing indicated no sign of cancer.
Several days later, however, Sonja received the results from the tumor biopsy and learned the unexpected and unwelcome news that the tumor was, malignant after all. It is a type of cancer called Leiomyosarcoma, which is very rare, aggressive, and one that allopathic medicine does not know any good way to treat. Successful surgical removal of all tumors is pretty much the only approach that has resulted in patients surviving. In Sonja's case, her doctor thinks metastasis is very likely to have already occurred. CT scans of both liver and lungs show abnormalities that the doctors believe are likely the beginning stages of metastatic tumors. She is now in waiting mode, and repeat scans are scheduled for June 29th. If the abnormalities grow in size, that will be diagnostic for metastatic cancer. If they disappear or do not get larger, she will continue to be monitored approximately every 4 months for growth. If she gets a diagnosis of metastatic cancer, even though she may remain symptom free for another 2 months afterwards, from that point her expected lifespan will be only 6 months to 1 year without chemotherapy, and 1 to 2 years with chemotherapy.
Please hold Sonja and Mischa in your prayers as they search for answers, hope for healing and make plans for Abba's Garden.