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April 3rd, 2018

A very hopeful report.

My follow up with the surgeon was this morning. The news was pretty good, all things considered. I've almost completely healed from surgery. They did discover cancer in the uterus, but it was tiny. Stage 1a, no further action needed since everything was taken out. All the suspicious spots tested negative. However, the ovary mass is Stage 1c, so I will have to have chemo started in the next couple of weeks. This is where it gets complicated- before I can start the chemo, I have to have a colonoscopy to rule out cancer there. Doctor said he didn't feel anything during the surgery, but wants to be absolutely sure I'm clear. Then he told me that because of my relative youth, family history of colon cancer, and the sudden apperance of the tumor, he suspects a genetic component. I have to be tested for Lynch Syndrome. If I test positive, my sister and cousins will have to be tested, too. Katie is already having fibroids removed soon- if she also has the mutation, she'll have to have a total hysterectomy like I did. :( But the bottom line is I'm early stage/low grade and treatable (even if there is colon cancer). I fully intend to kick cancer's ass!

I did a little shopping after lunch, but I got tired out. The poking and prodding from this morning caught up with me later, and my lower abdomen is aching. Headed to bed early.

I'm going to order my bald American Girl companion next week, so I'll have her before my chemo starts.