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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Mary Burmeister

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I dedicate this to one of the strongest women I know, my mother. She managed to keep her head up, continue to laugh, and was a rock through all of her treatments. I love you mom!

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My mom’s story told by her:
This past summer started off great. My daughter and I were entering the home stretch on all the wedding plans for her “great big St. Louis wedding” set for July 17th. It was going to be a pretty big affair, 250 people. She was marrying a great guy, Ronnie, and we couldn’t say enough nice things about his family. My son had finished his first year of college and was busy working and looking for a new place to lease in June. My husband and I were busy as usual with things at work, projects around the house, etc. So those intermittent symptoms of fatigue, bloating, weight loss, etc. were all attributed to the busy time in my life – I knew I didn’t feel quite right, but vowed to get things checked out once everything slowed down a little.

I had some pretty intense abdominal discomfort over Memorial Day weekend. But it only last a day or so, so I figured I had some weird flu bug. When the same type of pain returned just before the 4th of July weekend, I knew something was wrong. I went to Urgent Care and spent the day there getting a load of tests done – bloodwork, CT and ultrasounds. They found I had a large amount of abdominal fluid, but couldn’t tell what was causing it and admitted me with the plan of drawing the fluid out in the morning and running some tests on that and likely getting a colonoscopy – oh boy!

The next morning that idea was scrapped. Thank goodness the medical surgeon that had ordered the CT and ultrasounds felt it would be wise to take a second look at them himself, along with the gynological oncologist, Dr. Al Bonebrake. That’s when he told me the gynological oncologist would be examining me – I didn’t like the sound of “oncologist”, but he confirmed that there was a grapefruit sized mass on my left ovary. I’m thinking “I don’t want to hear this, I WANT A COLONOSCOPY!!!”

All I could think about was my daughter’s wedding. Dr. Bonebrake rearranged his schedule and was able to set my surgery for Tuesday, July 6th. Before going into the surgery that day, Dr. Bonebrake explained how long the total hysterectomy would take. If the initial pathology came back cancerous, it would be a much longer surgery, all the biopsies would need to be done, etc. So, when I woke up the in recovery room and looked at the clock, I knew I was screwed. It was grade IIIA ovarian clear cell cancer. I would wait another 3 days to thankfully find out it had not spread to my lymph nodes.

I got out of the hospital Sunday, July 11th. My mom had come down and she stayed with us that week. My dear friend, Tammy, took care of the two last wedding things that needed to be done and on Friday, July 16th, we left for St. Louis. The wedding was beautiful, everything went perfectly.

I made the decision to participate in a clinical trial, the GOG-0252 and was placed in the arm that receives IV and IP therapy. On August 6th, I had an out-patient procedure to have the ports placed – one on my left chest and one by my left hip bone. So after getting all of that out of the way, I started chemo on August 18th. I was warned that the IP treatment would be tough, half the women can’t complete the 6 cycles. Apparently Dr. Bonebrake didn’t know me. I’ve finished all 6 cycles! I’m currently on the maintenance part of the trial where I will go once every 3 weeks for IV treatment of Avastin, the test drug. That will continue for almost a year.

I posted this for my mom because she will offically be a one year survivor on July 6th, 2011. I love her and am so proud of her courage through all of this.

Last updated on: 07/01/2011


Very true! Makes a chngae to see someone spell it out like that. :)

Storm Storm – 07/14/2011

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geknüpft: bis sich mir endlich zwei Grundtypen verriethen, und
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Socorro baltazar – 07/15/2012

You’r Mom is a very stong woman.Alway’s stay positive and every thing will come out good.

– 07/15/2012