At the beginning of April, what appeared to be a simple visit to the hospital for stomach issues quickly turned into a nightmare for my mother. During the visit she had ultrasound which showed a mass on her ovary extending to her belly button. She went to Dr. Yap and with her guidance my mother had a hystorectomy. The doctor's were not able to confirm it was cancer until after the surgery. On April 20th my mother was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.
The impact of it being in stage 3 hasn’t left us much time to prepare emotionally for the journey ahead. Although it may be naïve to think there is such a thing as a “smooth” cancer experience, I have devoted myself to making sure this is a close to possible for my mother. Her chemotherapy began on May 22nd and will continue until October at the latest. As a consequence of the treatment, she has begun and will continue to lose her hair. Embracing this reality is a little more difficult than you can imagine for a woman. To ease the anxiety, we have decided to get her fitted for a cranial prosthetist, what you know as a wig. In addition to the medical bills we have sustained, having to openly expose our pain and need for assistance is incredibly humbling. My mother has granted me permission to create this Fund, which is brave and admirable on her part. I can only hope to be as strong as her one day, which is what makes us confident that she will win this battle. The good news is that the entire tumor has been removed and the chemo is supposed to wipe out any microscopic cells that may be problematic. Know that we are grateful for your support and will keep you updated on her condition.
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