Apr 24, 2007 - 1:14 pm
Hello all. I'm a new member here and have been reading your posts for a couple of days. First, let me say how very sorry I am for what you all have been through or are going through. But, wow, what a strong, loving group you are, and that's what led me to actually share this with you.
Last week my sister (just younger than I) went to the ER because she was having pain and difficulty breathing. Initially, they thought it might be her gall-bladder and decided to do an ultra-sound. Well, she does in fact have polyps on her gall-bladder, but they also found a mass in her upper abdomen and fluid around her liver as well as in the abdominal cavity. They did an CT-scan as well and ran blood tests. They are absolutely certain that she has ovarian cancer. Her CA-125 is at 4,000. Of course we don't know the stage yet as we are in beginning times here. Our hospital and the physicians here don't feel qualified to perform the surgery, etc. so they have been working on arranging it in a larger city about 3 hours away. Yesterday, my sister went to see the oncologist that the hospital referred her to and now it looks like she might also have breast cancer. Her daughter and I will be taking her to the University hospital Friday for a consultation there. Evidentally surgery may have to be put on the back burner while this newest development is explored. Her hemoglobin was way low and they gave her two units of blood while she was in the hospital. I must say, she looks so much better.
My family is devastated. I think we're all numb right now. I can't even imagine what must really be going through her mind. She's got a great sense of humour and I think that's going to be such an asset. We were talking about T-shirts and she said she was going to have one made that says: "If you don't like my attitude, go read my chart"
Ok, I've really rambled, but thanks for letting me. I know she and we will get through this and I'm glad there's a place like this where I can rant and ramble without distressing her or my family further. Sorry, but - tag - you're it.
ps. Apologies, but I couldn't find a spell-check feature. Bear with me.