Sue Von Eschen

First post: Nov 15, 2022 Latest post: Feb 23, 2024
It’s been a wild crazy week for me and my family. Last Sunday I went to Urgent Care for the second time in several weeks due to pelvic pain and pressure. I originally thought it was a UTI and also female organs sagging like most other things when you age. I had an appointment for November 22nd to see a gynecologist. Sunday, I just couldn’t wait any longer and went back to Urgent Care and told them “something isn’t right and I hurt”. An ultrasound was ordered and when the technician kept taking lots of images and asked if it was ok to do a vaginal scan too, I knew she was seeing something. Urgent care doctor said there were bilateral “worrisome” ovarian masses and endometrial canal irregularities highly suspect for neoplasm. Gyn Oncology referral was recommended. There isn’t a gyn oncologist in Helena so upon making some calls and Google research, we decided to head to Billings Clinic ER on Monday (4 hours away) with the ultrasounds. CT scan confirmed what the ultrasound was showing. They also did some special blood tests on me. Dr Alexis Hokenstad saw us Wednesday morning. She didn’t have any surgical openings, but another doctor in their team, Dr, Megan Peterson, could do surgery on Friday. I had a total hysterectomy, lymph nodes, and some other samples taken.  The doctor was elated that  it was a Stage 1 neoplasm of just my left ovary. The other areas were not cancerous. Dr. Peterson said it’s very unusual for them to discover Stage 1 ovarian cancer, so I’m very lucky and glad I was listening to my body complaining to me that something was wrong. I’m still in the hospital and we will need to return next week sometime for biopsy results and plan of action.  Ongoing treatment  can be done in Helena and Dr. Peterson also travels to Helena monthly.  


I wanted to start this site to get friends and family up to date as to what is going on and I will update it to keep you in the loop as we find out things. Thank you to Mike and Patty Hamblock for taking our dog Scarlet on short notice and she is now with my son, David. Also, a huge thank you to Scott and Donna Armstrong for opening their home to us, also on short notice. We have a lovely basement suite.  This is not going to be fun, but I know how lucky I am already and with everyone’s love and support “I got this”. 

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