Thursday, January 10, 2013
After going to the ER on the night of January 8th for severe abdominal pain she had a CT scan which showed inflammation of her ileum (the terminal part of the small intestine), and two masses on her ovaries. She was immediately admitted to the surgery/oncology floor of Northwest Hospital where she has been meeting with a team of highly trained and compassionate doctors, nurses, etc. who are doing everything they can to treat her. On January 9th she had an MRI and a colonoscopy. The results of the colonoscopy showed that the small intestine did not have cancer, which is very good news. In fact, it is a good thing the small intestine caused such severe pain that she went to the hospital (where she hasn't been since she had Renee and me in 1988 and 1990 respectively), because she was able to get the CT scan she may have otherwise not gotten for some time. She is scheduled for surgery with a highly trained oncology surgical team on Friday January 10th. The surgeons believe they will be able to remove all of the cancer, and after she heals from that surgery for about 4 weeks she will begin chemotherapy.
Gabrielle and her family would appreciate your prayers and notes of encouragement. This is a big battle for her to face, but the prayers and support from friends and family will be very beneficial to her fight against this awful cancer.