Terri Paulin | CaringBridge

Terri Paulin

First post: 4/13/2017
Hello everyone! This is Terri's son, Ryan. I will be updating this for her.



Just want to start off by saying the support she has received so far has been amazing. She is truly loved by all her friends, family, and co-workers. I can't thank everyone enough.



In June of 2016 my mom had some bleeding in her urine. We all thought it was a urinary tract infection. Her doctor prescribed her antibiotics to treat the symptoms of that. It sort of went away until December when more blood was located in her urine.

Her doctor ordered a Cystotomy.



Feb -Cystotomy was done and the doc at kennestone found a tumor in her bladder.


Ct scan also done which found pelvic bone and lymph node involvement in which the tumor went through the bladder wall. At this point the doc said he was 99 percent sure it was cancer. At this point we did not know what kind.


March - a TURBT was done.

Transurethral Resection of Bladder to remove what they could of the tumor and do a biopsy on it. It was confirmed my mom had cancer of the bladder. Urothelial carcinoma (transitional cell carcinoma). The most common type of bladder cancer.


Her kidney function was also poor due to the tumor blocking it so we had to get a nephrostomy tube put in. So far it's working good. Her creatinine levels have went from 2.10 down to 1.49. So it seems like her kidney function is definitely getting better.


The next step was finding her the best Oncologist.


April - we applied for Emory Winship Cancer Institute and we were accepted!


We already had the doctor in mind. Dr. Omer Kucuk. Who is highly regarded.


She is under Dr. Omer Kucuk's care now.


We finally pulled some strings thanks to some of my moms co-workers. Her original appointment was scheduled for April 19th, but we were able to get her in April 5th.


We visited doctor Kucuk on April 5th and got the game plan going.


We are going to have chemo done for 3 months. Once every 2 weeks, then go from there. We are very optimistic the tumors shrink and go away.


Today - April 13th. We are currently at Emory johns creek getting a chemo port put in to her chest, and an additional pet scan dr. Kucuk ordered. We will be ready to roll on the 18th.


Her first chemo has been scheduled for April 18th. It's at St. Joseph's hospital. She will be there for 7 hours.


Thanks to everyone who has called her, sent her flowers, wrote her cards, and kept her in your prayers. It's really helping, and I can't thank you enough.


I think this is all I can think of for now. I will definitely keep everyone updated.


Thanks - Ryan

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