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Here is a little background: In mid-June, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer after a steep decline in my general health and strength over more than several months. Shocked as we were with the diagnosis, our GYN-Oncologist informed us that 70-80% of patients are already at Stage III or IV by diagnosis time. My cancer was in a full-court press--invading lung, liver, lymph, and peritoneum from its origin on the left ovary. The large ovarian tumor had also compressed the right ureter greatly reducing the flow of urine from my right kidney to the bladder. We learned a lot about ovarian cancer in a short time, most notably that it is a silent invader.
Our children had planned way in advance a wonderful reunion and 70th birthday celebration in Woodstock, VT for the last weekend in June. As we had received the grim news a week before, the timing was perfect! After that weekend, with our family’s encouragement, we decided to pursue an initial 3 rounds of chemotherapy to see if my tumors would respond. All but one did, so I 'qualified' for surgery—total hysterectomy plus omentum and affected lymph nodes, resection of 2 tumors of the liver and microwave ablation of the third, and replacement of a ureter stent which is keeping my kidney clear. There will be quite a cast of medical folks in the operating theatre on Thursday, October 3, 2019! I am grateful for each one. Surgery begins at 7:30 a.m.
Please pray for Bill and me, our beloved family, and the medical team gathering who will use their considerable skills to remove all the cancer they can see and reach. Our trust rests in the Sovereign Lord, our Maker, Redeemer, Savior, and Friend. He continues to keep us in His perfect peace that passes understanding. To God be the glory!
I want to say thank you for all the cards, emails, texts, and calls expressing your love of Joyce and also support for me. Our son Bill came here for the burial ceremony. The second morning he told me he had a dry, scratchy throat. Normally I wouldn’t have paid too much attention. But Bill works just outside of Seattle, and had just been on 2 planes and through 3 airports. And as we are in the midst of this coronavirus period, we decided to take precautions. After the burial ceremony, Bill and I decided to go back home and go into a 14 day quarantine. So, here I am back in our lovely cottage at Westminster Canterbury serving a 14 day quarantine. WCBR is taking care of me...2 meals a day delivered to the cottage. There are 9 others here in quarantine. They were all on cruises or trips overseas.
Son Bill’s throat has cleared up and neither of us have any other symptoms but we are still staying in quarantine.