Hi, my name is Nicole. I’m 33 with a loving husband and two wild kids. 😉 This past year, I was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. The only reason they found this was because I had black stool. It only lasted one day, but it was enough to have me concerned. I went to the ER, although this was my only symptom. They confirmed there was blood in my stool and sent me home to see my GI.
I saw him 2 days later. I almost didn’t go to this appointment because the black stool did not happen again, but someone was looking out for me!! The doctor was curious and scheduled an EDG and found a large ‘ulcer’. He didn’t seem concerned, but he biopsied it. A week later, I got the call to come into the office, and that’s when our lives changed forever!!!
I started chemo within weeks, and two months later my entire stomach was removed! Then, 8 weeks after my surgery, I started chemo again for four more months. I’m praying that 2013 will bring me back my health!! I had my first scan in January, and it showed no evidence of disease. I have another scan at the end of April. I’m PRAYING I receive the same news!
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