About Me or about my Trifecta

My amusement park ride began with the dreaded phone call right after Christmas 2010. The phone call was regarding my mammogram. Of course, I was used to this type of call since I had a mine field of calcifications. On the scan, it appears like a new milky way or some funky galaxy. This led to a biopsy and even surgery on some very abnormal looking lymph nodes. The surgery was February 18, 2010 and the conclusion was “reactive”. I could not sit still with this conclusion since I was feeling fine. Luckily, my internist heard my concern and said, “hey, you met your deductible, let’s do a PET scan.” So, I did and so began the first dip on this roller coaster ride, going up, going down, going up, going down. Then, after a radiologist who needed new glasses read my scan and determined that I had lung cancer, we met with a thoracic surgeon. After describing breaking my ribs, taking pieces of this and that, we asked him what he would do if this scan was his wife’s and he honestly answered. He said that he would be more concerned about the pelvic area which was lit up like a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. After some help by my sister’s friend of a friend at MD Anderson, I was told to get my butt asap to a gynecological surgeon because I had peritoneal cancer. Then, we had our search almost like the search for American Idol of the ideal doctor to do my surgery. This brought us to UCLA for surgery April 22, 2010 and the pathology told the rest. I was the proud owner of not 1, but 3 primary cancers (the Trifecta): ovarian, endometrial, peritoneal and the drum roll, it is stage IV. Of course, my genetic testing was all negative, so this puzzles all the doctors even more. A number is just a number and I continue the ride which is not always amusing of my treatment in the chemo closet.

One Response to “About Me or about my Trifecta”

  1. hinsopa Says:

    Glad to find you, sister. Hope the list on inspire brings you more readers ’cause I love your blog. Would you please add mine to your blogroll?

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