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11/29/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Here's what we know as of Nov. 29:
Sue has been diagnosed with cancer, specifically duodenal adenocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer that is currently obstructing her small intestine. The cancer has also apparently spread to her lungs and skull.
This cancer is not curable. It can, however, be treated with radiation and/or chemotherapy, which could give her an extra year of life.
The immediate issue is clearing her small intestine so she can eat and not have nausea. What they are hoping to do is insert a stent that will push the tumor aside and allow her to process food in her intestine. Whether that can be done should be known within a day or two.
How is she feeling? Right now she's not feeling much pain due to the meds and is in pretty good spirits.
How did this come about? Sue began experiencing nausea and stomach pain just days before the Nov. 8 election. We thought it might just be anxiety over the possibility that our world was about to end. Well, that happened, and it is, and Sue's discomfort did not let up. I'm not feeling too swift myself. A blood test showed she had abnormal liver and kidney levels so she went to the ER at Cedars (where she had her kidney transplant) in mid-November. She was admitted, got her levels stabilized and tests began to figure out what was wrong. She's been in the hospital since Nov. 17. She's now in Room 7028.