Mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in early May. Thanks to God, the prayers and support of so many relatives and friends (especially the Brazilian community in central Ohio), and the all-star team of the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State, the initial operation was a major success. She was discharged from the James only four days after her surgery and continued to recover at a very impressive rate. (A special thanks to Silvia and Ricardo for taking care of her for nearly a month following her surgery!)
The biopsy following her surgery, however, revealed that the cancer had invaded her diaphragm and likely spread to other areas. They proceeded with chemo, starting in the end of June. Each cycle is three weeks; if her body is able to sustain the cycles, she will undergo six of them for a total of eighteen weeks. In the first week she felt tired and nauseous, but fared relatively well. She spent a couple of weeks with cousins John and Glenna (thank you!) before Paulo (her 2nd oldest) arrived from Brazil (he's taking a 3-month leave of absence in order to be with her during her treatment). During the second cycle she developed a hernia which led her oncologist to first pause the chemo and then alter it slightly. It resumed on 8/9 and is scheduled to conclude in late October. At some point after she recovers they will need to surgically remove the hernia, followed by another 4-6 weeks of recovery.
For those interested, the CA125 (ovarian tumor detector blood test) results have been:
- 05/18: 966 (cancer!)
- 06/5 (right after surgery): 140
- 07/15 (after first chemo cycle): 60
- 08/29: 6
Which means, the treatment is working! AMDG... Incredible what those guys and gals at the James are doing...
Such high-level medicine and care is not free, of course. Thankfully, the James has given assistance to cover a portion of the medical costs. Many relatives and friends (led by Flaviano and his heavenly feijoada) have already offered their assistance, which helped pay for her monthly expenses in June, July and August. Thank you!
Looking ahead, we're now hoping to raise $15,000 which will cover her medical and monthly expenses from September-February. If it all continues to go well, she will be healed from her hernia surgery by February and will be back to work.
Thank you kindly for your financial support, your encouragement and, above all, for your prayers. All together, we can help her kick cancer to the curb! Our Father is caring for us, gently guiding us with his Spirit.
United with you in prayer,
Nalita's children - Sergio, Paulo, Nalita, Beto, Nelson