In 2013, our mother (Adria Moore) received the devastating news that at age 65, a widow with 5 loving grown children, had been diagnosed with cancer. What had originally been “brushed off” as a hernia, had actually been a sizable tumour growing in her abdomen. She started treatments for what was originally determined to be ovarian cancer. In the following months, our mother received more disappointing news when she was told that her tumour was too large to operate on and that chemotherapy treatments had failed to reduce the size of the tumour. After several unsuccessful rounds of chemotherapy it was determined that her cancer had not originated in the ovaries and therefore the treatments that she had received were not effective. After more testing, the doctors simply could not determine where her cancer had originated. It was at this point that Adria became very proactive in her own healthcare and with the encouragement of her loving children; she travelled to Toronto to seek a second opinion. Within 2 weeks of her consultation in Toronto, Adria received a crucial phone call – they had discovered the pathology of her cancer. Her cancer had originated in her appendix and labelled Mucinous Adenocarcinoma. With this new information, we were all very hopeful that she would receive specialized treatments and soon be on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, it was much more complicated. She was encouraged to continue her chemotherapy treatments as before. With each round of chemotherapy, Adria’s health continued to deteriorate and scans continued to show no improvement in the size of the tumour. Last summer, Adria decided to stop treatment and she was given months to live after being told that surgery was not an option. But she had far from given up. In fact, it was the exact opposite. With the help and support of her children, Adria decided to seek out the leading specialist in the field of appendix cancer, Dr. Walley Temple in Calgary, Alberta. On February 3rd, Adria travelled to Calgary to meet Dr. Temple. This meeting would prove to be life-changing. Dr. Temple informed her that he could perform surgery on her that would greatly increase her chance of survival. Despite the great risks involved, Adria decided that she was prepared to fight for her life. On February 18th, Adria underwent an eight hour long surgery that removed her appendix, uterus, ovaries, gallbladder, colon, spleen, small bowel and stripped her liver and removed any surrounding tumours and mucus produced by the tumours. Needless to say, she has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but we are all very hopeful that she will pull through and be with us for years to come. She will be recovering in Alberta for the next two months and our family will be making arrangements to travel there so that she has someone by her side, helping her through this at all times. We feel that this is an important part of the recovery process for her and we are humbly asking for any donations to help offset the costs that she has already taken on and the costs that are still to come. Any amount would be received with the greatest appreciation.
We Love You Mum!!! Your courage is inspirational and you are the glue that holds our family together!!! xo