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Tuesday, April 29, 2014:
A couple weeks ago Terry went to the doctor to check out a pain she was having in her right abdomen area. She thought it might be a pulled muscle from cleaning. Based on the results of her physical, her substantial weight lossthe past few months, the stress she’s been under the past several months, and partially due to her concerns for someday getting pancreatic cancer (our mom passed away from this), the doctor ran a series of tests. Blood and urine tests came out great, but a CT scan was run to be proactive. These tests showed that Terry’s urine and blood were good, and that all of her organs were in great shape (no cancer in any of her organs could be seen). However, she had enlarged lymph nodes, a moderate amount of fluid in her abdomen, a spot on the tip of her liver, nodules (cancer cells) in her omentum (serous membrane lining the abdomen), and also some other suspicious areas. The next day Terry was sent for an MRI and ultrasound. It was hard to find the origin of the cancer, so another appointment was scheduled for CT-guided biopsies to be taken from her abdomen to try to find out more details and the source of the cancer cells. On Friday, April 25, 2014 Terry met with the gynecological oncologist, and found out the results of the biopsies. It was determined that Terry had a rare cancer called “serous carcinoma”. The doctor suspected that the cancer may have started in the Fallopian Tubes and exited to the abdomen; since none of the organs appeared to have been affected by the cancer, but she wouldn’t know for sure until after surgery. The doctor was also able to get Terry into surgery on Wednesday, April 30. She suggested that Terry take the appointment and not wait since this cancer could become somewhat aggressive. The surgery will consist of a full hysterectomy, a debulking (removal of all cancer that is visible), and removal of the lesion on the tip of the liver, if possible.
Timing can be cruel. Besides this devastating news came the realization that Terry would have to give up her trip to Los Angeles to visit her daughter Kate; a trip that her daughters Megan and Kate had planned for Terry’s birthday on May 2. Terry was extremely saddened to have to put off the trip, and to forfeit her chance to finally be in the audience of the “ELLEN SHOW”, go to Disneyland, and have a wonderful relaxing time in the sun with Kate.
Terry will be at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids for 2-4 days, and then will be home recovering after that for up to 6 weeks, after which she will undergo up to 5 months of chemotherapy.
I will continue to update you on Terry’s status and progress as time goes along on the Caring Bridge site. Please join me in praying for peace for Terry as she undergoes this big surgery on Wednesday, as well as for the doctors and team working on her. She appreciates all the prayers she can get, and will need everyone’s help in maintaining a positive attitude moving forward.