Because we have several friends who don't use Facebook, but want to keep up with Tess's journey, we've decided to start this Caring Bridge page. We will continue to update on Facebook, but most details will be posted here.
Nearly a month ago, our world became considerably more complex when Tess's gynecologist found a thickening of her uterus that seemed abnormal. After ordering an ultrasound, we were informed that Tess did indeed have a mass around her right ovary. Over the next few weeks, we've had MRI's, CT Scans, a biopsy, several blood tests, and several hours of consultation with two of the finest oncologists at OU Medical Center. What we know at this point is: 1) She indeed has a cancer known as mucinous adenocarcenoma in the lower right abdomen. It appears to have surrounded the right ovary 2) The tumor is approximately 7cm x 6cm x 6cm in size and although it is pressing on the cecum and psoas muscle, Dr. Katherine Morris, our surgical oncologist doesn't feel that it has invaded them. We're praying she is correct, as we have had other doctors tell us differently. 3) No one is sure where the primary origin of the tumor is. The best guess seems to be the appendix, but because of a variety of factors, no one can be sure until they go in with surgery. 4) If it is indeed appendiceal cancer, it is extremely rare (Less than 1000 diagnoses nationwide annually) so finding specialists in this area can be challenging.
As we move forward, we are seeking a second opinion from MD Anderson in Houston, TX. Many of you have sent prayers and words of support. It means more to us than you will ever know. Please continue as Tess comes to mind, as that is what is sustaining us as we travel this road. We will post updates as we go along this path. May God be glorified, no matter the outcome!