at least one story with a happy ending...

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Surfnfish, May 8, 2019.

  1. Surfnfish

    Surfnfish Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2015
    Devils Lake, Oregon Coast
    Been a heavy time...our closest friend for over 40 years is fighting late stage ovarian cancer and seems to be surfing and fishing buddy here in Oregon just had his brain cancer diagnosis changed from survivable to likely not, now a fight for time.

    Our daughter Kat (Katrina), 42, single mom of 2 (engaged to a great guy), physical therapist, uber fit triathlete and outdoor fun hog living in Spokane...looking for an answers to some symptoms went through the usual chain from primary to specialists...two weeks ago imaging indicated a 4" soft tissue sarcoma tucked down low right against her sacrum.

    Soft tissue sarcomas are fairly rare, more often then not fatal...wife, retired RN with masters in clinical research, immediately flew in for emotional support and started the deep dive into best speciailty clinics, best surgeons, clinical trials, etc...

    white knuckle 10 days, top cancer surgeons in Spokane conferencing with top surgeons in a Seattle soft tissue sarcoma clinic...consensus tumor tissue needed to determine exact species of cancer to determine best course of action.

    So last Friday a general anesthesia deep dive biopsy on my dear sweet girl..

    And yesterday at the surgeons office, my daughter and wife told what Kat actually has is an extremely rare and benign tumor, so rare that no one in the Spokane cancer center has ever dealt with one, they have only read about them. The Seattle center has seen a few, and since they have the best spine surgeons in the PNW, that's where she'll go for the removal operation

    So relieved for my daughter, her kids, my wife...our worse fears now just a bad nightmare. A tough operation to get through, then get back to her high flying life.

    Yesterday is history,
    tomorrow is a mystery,
    today is a gift, which is why we call it the present
  2. jbb

    jbb Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    Southern California
    God's grace, thank goodness. Can't imagine what you and your fam have been through.
    nedsurf likes this.
  3. Basenji703

    Basenji703 Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Virginia Beach, VA
  4. kpd73

    kpd73 Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2013
    USA Rhode Island
  5. Dawnpatrol

    Dawnpatrol Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2006
    Wish'in you all the best buddy. Sending positive thoughts to you and the family.
    WhiteRussian likes this.
  6. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's fantastic news. Scary situation but so happy for you and your family that you've heard that most important word possible in this situation: "benign". I hope the surgery goes as smoothly as it can and I'm really happy for you, your daughter and your family.
  7. dingpatch

    dingpatch Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Florida USA
    Fantastic news!!!!!

    I'm a three time survivor (so far) and each time was a creeping haunted house of possible horrors. Then, you are given an over-time win!!!!
    deemce, Surfnfish and Artz like this.
  8. Driftwood

    Driftwood Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Excellent news, and thanks for sharing it.

    I can't even begin to imagine going through it with one of my kids.
  9. Artz

    Artz Active Member

    Nov 22, 2018
    Great news. Hope all goes well in the operation. May she have a very long and healthy life.
  10. Surfnfish

    Surfnfish Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2015
    Devils Lake, Oregon Coast
    I came to this forum to find out more about the longboarding world, which I hadn't done since my late teens when the boards changed.

    And since joining I've learned plenty, primarily that there are some damn good folks here.
    surflax, Chilly Willy, deemce and 3 others like this.

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