The Peachfuzz Chronicles

May 30, 2011

Game On…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by thepluckygastronome @ 12:55 am

Jim had been bugging me to catch up on all my medical appointments.  It had been more than a year since I had gone for all my routine doctor/dentist/gynocolocgist check ups.

During the pelvic exam, the OB/GYN doc was surprised to find a good sized fibroid that wasn’t there on my last visit. “This is a surprise,” she said. “It feels OK but just to make sure, I want you to get a pelvic ultrasound.”

In the intervening weeks, I got my teeth cleaned, a physical with my Primary Care Physician, graded final projects and papers. Days after I administered the final exam, I drank the required liter of water and drove to Princeton for the ultrasound.

I ran a few errands on the way home and heard my cell phone ring as I pulled into the driveway. It was my OB/GYN. My stomach fell to the floor. Then I answered the phone. I already knew what she was going to say before she said it.

In a nutshell, the images looked pretty ugly. I had ovarian masses out the wazoo. She wanted me to come back ASAP for a CA-125 blood test.  I didn’t get out of the car. I shoved it into reverse and made the 20-minute ride back to her office. You don’t think. You just act.

The next few days were unsettling. I had to break the news to Jim, my beloved husband of 25 years. He’s always been my glass-half-full kind of guy and suggested we postpone freaking out until we know what the blood work reveals. Our 22-year old daughter pretty much knew everything as she happened upon me in our driveway as I was getting the doc’s call. Our 24-year old son needed a great deal of reassurance.

I got the results on a Wednesday. The CA-125 was at 1,100, which was high. The doc said that this was pretty much an indicator of cancer. Her idea of the normal CA-125 is 26. She pulled a few strings and got me in to see a cancer surgeon in Philadelphia only two days later.  Less than a week later, I would be a post-operative patient with all her cancerous “lady-bits” removed. I had three days to set my affairs in order before going to the hospital.

So it looks like I have cancer. We won’t know how involved it is until they open me up and do the pathology. I already know that I am in for a long slog. Don’t ask me how I know. I just do.  Game on.


1 Comment »

  1. Wow Echo, I had no idea what you are going through..You are an amazing woman with great family and friends. We are all there for you and hope you keep us posted on your progress.

    You’re in our prayers and I know you will survive this.

    Love you girlfriend


    Comment by Rosalie Ratcliffe — June 18, 2011 @ 7:30 pm |Reply

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