Gabby’s Story
We have referred to Gabby as Super Gabby for a long time.  When she was little she was so much fun we referred to her as the 'port-a-party'.  Today she is a normal 15-year old who loves her friends, her camp counselors, and Snapchat and Instagram,  and works hard in school.  We started noticing she was getting a bit of belly a few months ago.  We didn't care too much, she's a great kid and that's what is important. We attributed it to her love of carbs, burritos, and chicken wings, but there was a lot more going on than we initially recognized.  The last few weeks her belly became more distended and she was losing her appetite regularly (not like her) and having a hard time keeping food down at times.  On Monday we took her to the doctor, who promptly sent us to the emergency room.  It's been a whirlwind since, but 3 days later we have a formal diagnosis of colon cancer.  Her belly was bloated because a mass was clogging things up.  We are a family that sticks together, has faith in the God of the Bible, and chooses optimism.  We've been through life threatening / changing stuff before and can testify to God's faithfulness and the futility of dwelling on worst case scenarios.  We really do trust God and take it day by day.  Sometimes hour by hour.  We are starting this site because we feel an obligation to keep those who love us updated, and doing that person by person (or even group by group) has proven challenging when our focus is on Gabby and the road ahead of us.  This site should help us keep friends and family (who are one and the same to us) updated without us stressing too much about it.  Since we first started this site, Gabby's pathology tests came back.  The prognosis is grim.  She has metastatic signet ring cell carcinoma.  We're going to need a miracle... good thing we believe in them and know the Guy who does them.  :)

Newest Update

Journal entry by Dave Cava

Lots of hospital interaction today.  We started the day with a phone call with Gabby’s primary oncologist, Dr. F.  This was relatively uneventful call about the progress of the genetic sequencing.  She said nothing new had been found, but the more data we have to send around, the better. 

At Noon we went to Cohen’s.  We met with our regular Physician’s Assistant and found that Gabby’s tumor markers had dropped slightly from 2.3 to 2.2. We’re hoping for a downward trend starting here. Then we met with Dr. S (Gastro doc who did her procedure last week) and Dr. L (surgeon) to discuss the narrowing in her colon.  Long story short, we decided that Gabby will have a “ballooning” procedure that should stretch the scar tissue in her colon and hopefully break some of it up.  It is an outpatient procedure, which is awesome.  She’ll be having it in 2-3 weeks.  If all goes well, she will be able to get off of most of the “digestive aids” she needs to take right now. 

I am still thanking God every single day for those negative biopsy results.  The doctors at the hospital told us there were a lot of emails flying around the hospital with lots of exclamation points when those results came back.  I don’t think anyone was expecting it.  It really is a miracle to us.  I’ve been calling it our “down payment miracle”.  We really believe that when the news got bad last week, people started praying like crazy… and God graciously answered those prayers. 

Gabby will be going back on chemo pills tonight, but she’s got a green light to go on the church retreat she’s been really wanting to go on the second half of next week, and she’ll be off the pills on the trip.  I’m going to tag along and help with food and meds and a little chaperoning.

We love and appreciate you, Team Gabby!

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