Tuesday, April 15, 2008
2nd Opinion at Stanford
Today, Trisha was fortunate enough to meet with one of the top Oncologists in the Bay Area, Dr. Bob Carlson. After examining her, he changed Trisha's diagnosis. It turns out that Trisha has a very rare and aggressive form of cancer called Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). The cancer is diagnosed by how it looks (red, looks like the peel of an orange, etc) and feels. This type of cancer is usually late Stage 3 or Stage 4. Given this diagnosis, Trisha and Oak had to make a decision that no one ever wants to consider. They are going to terminate the pregnancy on Thursday so that Trisha can get the optimal care she needs for her well-being. It breaks my heart to have to report this, but I know you are all interested in how she's doing. She has a CT and Bone Scan on Friday at Stanford to see if the cancer has spread to other parts of her body. After she gets the results, she will be starting treatment at Stanford on Tuesday, April 22nd. As you can imagine, this is all happening so fast for all of us. Trisha is 100% committed to fighting this and she will do whatever it takes to get healthy. The next week is going to be unbearable. Please call first if you plan to visit and keep the visits short. Phone calls are always great too. I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to ask questions or check on her. Thank you all for your support and love. It is so very needed at this time.