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Mary Ann is in the hospital.  She had her PET scan last week, and did not get good results.  Apparently the Doxil did not work for her. Her CA 125 also raised by 50 per cent.  The PET scan also showed fluid in both her lungs and around her heart.  They drained the fluid off one lung one day, and then off the other lung the next  day.   Tomorrow they are going to do a "pericardial window".  She will then go to ICU.  She is not sure how long she will need to be in ICU.

Mary Ann is worried about the progression of the disease.  She thinks it is still contained in the lymph nodes around the lungs and heart.  She is wondering what the next treatment will be.

Mary Ann is very weak and cannot even get out of bed. Please say some extra prayers for her recovery.  She says she is a firm believer in the power of prayer.  I also believe that.

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I will be praying for her. I have the same grade and staging as you Ro and Mary Ann. I don't post alot, but do follow the boards. I believe also in the power of prayer! Thanks for the update.

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Prayers for Mary Ann!  She has fought so hard and she deserves to beat this back also.  Give her our love Ro.  Best, Debrajo

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Mary Ann/ aka Daisy366,

I was just thinking about you today, your in my prayers now and later. I hope you sleep well tonight. 

Take care,

Lisa

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Thanks for letting us know this. I was just wondering how Mary Ann and all the ladies were doing. I don't get online like I used to. I am thinking of her, and sending big hugs and prayers her way.. Hoping they get the fluid under cotnrol and that she is back home soon.

 

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Thank you, Ro, for letting us know of Mary Ann's struggles. It brings tears to my eyes knowing that she is enduring so much right now.

I will certainly be praying for her on an hourly basis.

Rachelle

 

soromer
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May her medical team have the wisdom to treat her successfully. May Mary Ann have the strength she needs to recover from this latest crisis. May she have encouraging news soon.

Thank you for the update. 

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Thank you Ro for posting for MA.  I will continue to keep her in my prayers.

Suzanne

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Sending more prayers for our dear Mary Ann. Prayers for peace, comfort and healing!

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You're always in my prayers as I've been looking for some updates.  I hope and pray you find the best direction in your treatments and you're comforted.  

 

I know you're a very strong person, so don't give up now, keep moving and thinking those positive thoughts of HOPE!!!!

 

Love,

JanKiss

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I've been worrying .  Thankyou for letting us know, Ro, and please let her know I can't count the number of times I think about her during the day.  Her courage, determination, and generosity of spirit have been the finest kind of example for me.  I want her medical  caregivers to know how much she means to all of us.

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but faith unlocks the door. I have faith that God answers prayer and even if we do not receive the answer we wanted He is sovereign and knows be

 

I am praying for you, Maryann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HellieC
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Mary Ann is in my prayers.  I hope so much that the hospital are able to sort these latest issues out and that a treatment is found which will get some control back over this beast of a disease. 

Helen   

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Praying for your recovery.  You have been such a big help here.  Your comments have many times given me hope and inspiration.  May you be given grace and peace. 

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You are in my thoughts and prayer.  Keep strong.

 

 

NorahS
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...so many here praying for your recovery from this latest setback and you are in my thoughts. We are all beaming love and hope out to you. 

 

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Hi Mary Ann!

I am praying that you get through this with the minimum of fear, pain and stress and this is the last time you ever have to go through this again.

I hope this is your last relapse and only good health is in your future!

One of the things I have thought alot about lately is how truly blessed I have been with my body. For most of my adult life I have been so heavy I have dreaded looking in the mirror and cursed my inability to lose weight, and all the problems related with being really fat! However, as I have gotton older I have begun to appreciate how this old, fat body has been my friend despite the abuse I have put it through!

I think of my body as a miracle that continues to function despite what it has been subjected to. Our bodies can be subject to self-abuse, the ravages of illness and disease, and broken bones yet our hearts continue to beat and we are able to carry through the day....

In your case right now I am sure that might be of little comfort, but I believe you will recover and your body will heal itself enough so you can carry on the way you want to. It is just a matter of time....you WILL get better.

My thoughts and prayers are with you...

Kathy 

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Thank you Ro for letting us know.  Maryann is in my prayers, she has helped me through some pretty dark times.  Please let her know how much we care. 

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Thank you, Ro, for posting.  Please let Mary Ann know we are thinking of her and sending prayers for a quick recovery.

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Her husband called me this afternon and said the procedure went well.  She is feeling much better and able to breathe easier.  They took off 800 cc around the heart, 300 cc from a lung, and 1000 cc from somewhere else.  Unfortunately this message was on the recorder, so I could not ask questions.  That is a lot of fluid though.  

I tried to call him back, but got Mary Ann's voicemail.  I told her she had many positive messages on the board and many were praying for her.  She will be in ICU over night and hopefully get moved to another room tomorrow.

Keep the prayers coming for peace and comfort for Mary Ann, and good news from the fluid removed.

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For the update, Ro.  I've been on pins and needles all day.  She sure has kept my mind off my f/u appt tomorrow!

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As I said my prayers at bedtime last night, I asked for help for Mary Ann and this morning, there was your message saying that the procedure had gone well.  I'll continue to offer up a prayer for her comfort and for her to be home again soon.   

Thank you for keeping us all informed, Ro.

Kindest wishes

Helen

 

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Praying for Mary Ann here id Dallas, TX.  She has always been a warrior and inspiration on these boards.  Praying for a recovery for her from this round and many more.  trish

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Hi Ro:

 

  I will say some prayers for Mary Ann as she is one of our UPSC sisters.  It sounds like she is on the road to recovery.  She will be in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Jane a/k/a

Cheerful

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For all the support you have given our prayers are only a Just expression of admiration and combined strength.

we'll show those nasty beggars whose the Real boss.

love, prayers and ((((hugs))))

Sara

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She said she felt " a gazillion times better" than she did on Monday.  She got moved out of ICU this morning.  She said they put in the shunt, and she has a chest tube in each side.  She said they are still draining.  She will have the chest tubes in for several more days.  Then she will need to stay in the hospital another day after they take the chest tubes out.  

She was in good spirits.  Her sister is with her.  She said that is helping her husband with all of this.  She talked about her husband retiring and making plans to travel.  So she is looking forward which is good.

Please keep her in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nempark
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Thanks Ro for the wonderful info.  Please give her my love and tell her she has a bunch of buddies praying and rooting for her.  Love and best wishes to all.

soromer
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Scary experience, I can only imagine. I so hope that they can get a handle on better treatments for her. Prayers still forthcoming--please do pass on our caring and concern. 

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Ro,

Thank you so much for keeping us posted.Mary Ann has been in prayers every night, along with all of you guys, since I joined the board.

She is a trooper and will be out of this one. Please tell her I say HOLA!

HellieC
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Such good news.  Continued prayers being offered.  Hope Mary Ann is home soon and can start planning those trips.

Helen

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My prayer is also added and I'm glad to see she's feeling better after the fluid was drawn off. 

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Hi folks. I am Mary Ann's husband; just returned from hospital. Doctors are continuing to drain fluid; she's lost well over two liters. They are keeping tabs on Mary Ann's kidney function, her sodium level has been dropping. She is on a salt pill now. The fluid that was analyzed contained cancer cells; not sure if that is a continuation of the cancer in the lymph nodes or an indicator of spread to her lungs. Oncologist, who does not have privileges at this hospital, has yet to outline results of PET scan. So we don't know if there are treatment options, or if it's time to bring hospice into the picture. She is in mostly good spirits. Her friend and former college professor, who is an ordained Catholic priest (not recognized by the church), visited today and performed the Annointing of the Sick sacrament and provided communion. It lifted Mary Ann's spirits ... This board has been a great support to Mary Ann, and it's my hope she will be in touch with you all soon - Rudy

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How kind of you to take the time to post an update. Make Mary Ann aware of continuation of prayers being sent her way.

Lisa

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Thank you so much for keeping us informed.

Please tell MaryAnn she is in our prayers 24/7.

Love and hugs to her!

NorahS
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We all appreciate you updating us. It's good to hear that Mary Ann feels much better with the fluid drained.

Keeping you both in my thoughts and beaming good wishes and continuing improvment for Mary Ann. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HellieC
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Thank you, Rudy for keeping us in the picture about how things are going with Mary Ann.  Mary Ann is a wonderful member of these boards - always there to support, encourage and inform others.  I hope that she feels the love and support coming back to her from all of us, while she continues to fight this latest battle. 

Thinking of you both.

Helen

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Thank you so much Rudy for taking the time to write us.  Mary Ann is such a sperical person, please let her know that I (we) are praying for her. 

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I am glad to hear that she is doing better and she can breath easier now.  Please let her know that we continue to keep her and her family in our prayers. trish

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Please give Mary Ann a big hug and a kiss on her cheek for us - much nicer than the cyber hugs we are limited to.  Take care of yourself.

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Mary Ann had a good day, upbeat mood, sodium level is up. Hospitalist had written an
order yesterday afternoon for Mary Ann to start taking salt tablets. The kidney doctor
showed up three hours later, telling Mary Ann that she did not need salt tablets,
writing an order instead for potato chips. I'm serious. Of course, this is an item not
stocked by the pharmacy, and the cafeteria (which was closed anyway) doesn't carry
chips. So an enterprising nurse entered the inner sanctum of the doctor's lounge and
stole away with two bags of vinegar and salt chips. Strange but true. They are
continuing to drain fluid. Mary Ann had a kidney ultrasound late today, not sure
what that is all about. I emailed her oncologist last night and asked for a call, and he
contacted Mary Ann this morning. He said he would talk to her about possible
treatment after she gets home. She's still not out of the woods, but doing much better.
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I feared hoping for another update tonight was being unrealistic.  Thank you for taking the time when you have so much to do and so much on your mind.  Hope you both get a good night's sleep

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So very glad to hear about her improving.  Loved the news about the chips!!! Praying for both of you.  I know that she is in good hands both with you and God watching out for her. 

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Glad to hear Mary Ann is feeling better.  Hope she enjoys those potato chips.  She remains in my thoughts and prayers.  

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Thak you very much for the update.

Mary Ann is a trooper!

We all are thinking of her and sending her the best positive thoughts.

LindaFF
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I don't check in very often but was so glad to hear Mary Ann is doing better.  That must have been frightening.  We were diagnosed about the same time with the same stage.  She has helped me so much through my journey.  I want her to know she is very much in my prayers and thoughts.  Thank you Ro for keeping us informed.  You all are in my prayers.

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Rudy please tell Mary Ann to get out of those dog gone woods! We need her back at home, she needs to keep all of us straight!

Lisa

NorahS
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Love that you took the time to update us. It makes us relieved to hear that Mary Ann is progressing so well. 

She is in good hands with you to watch out for her plus a cool doctor who writes orders for potato chips!

 

 

 

 

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I think as we have all found here the more support we have during our illness the more likely we are to recover! How fortunate Mary Ann is to have such a great guy!

Kathy

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Thank you Rudy for posting.  And thank you, MaryAnn, for knowing we would want to hear about you.  I hope you get outa the woods and get home soon.

Sending hugs and prayers,

Suzanne

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Not much new to report. She remains at Health Park Hospital, continues to have fluid drained from two chest tubes. Mary Ann has developed an irregular heart beat, which is being medicated and monitored.They took chest X-ray today which showed a few pockets of fluid. Mary Ann is in good spirts, appreciates the support of board members.

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Sorry to hear about her irregular heart beat.  Hope the medicine takes care of it. Glad she remains in good spirits.  She remains in my thoughts and prayers.   Hope she is getting rest at night.  I know all of the interruptions at night.   Hope you are getting rest, too.

 

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