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Posted 2018-11-12T16:13:57Z

Next Steps

Hi everyone,

HIPEC/Shake-N-Bake surgery went well. I spent the week in Houston/Livingston recovering and I’m now back in Charleston. I have a little residual muscle soreness but, overall feeling great.

Surgery: During the surgery, they did a few things- took biopsies of the peritoneum wall (that’s outside the actual stomach, inside the stomach cavity), biopsied the outside of my stomach, did a saline flush to see if cancer was detected in any of the fluid around my stomach, then washed the area with the HIPEC/hot chemo.

Findings: The doctor said that I have responded very well to the chemo that I’ve received this far – he took pictures of the area and we can see where cancer was previously but has receded. However, they still found small bits of cancer in three areas outside of my stomach. The hope is that the HIPEC treatment I received will help with this.

Next steps: I’ve been presented with three options moving forward: 1) Do nothing 2) Have additional chemo, in Charleston, or 3) Move forward with the gastrectomy.

Clearly #1 is not an option. As presented, #2 would work to keep the cancer from spreading for a year or two before it stopped working. For example, I was receiving FOLFOX (chemo), but I’ve reached the end of that treatment being beneficial. If I went the chemo route, I would have a different regimen and eventually the cancer would begin spreading again.

Option #3, gastrectomy, is the direction I am currently heading. This is the full removal of my stomach along with another HIPEC wash of my peritoneum. This surgery is major and requires me to be in TX for around 4-weeks and on a feeding tube for 6-weeks. After surgery, they’ll monitor the area every 4-6 months with CT scans.  Tentative surgery date is set for 11/30 – I’ll update with any changes to this plan.

Thank you again to everyone for your continued thoughts, vibes and prayers!

Much love to you all,


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Comments (9)

  • Mabel Tippens
    Mabel Tippens

    My heart is with you and the family. I'm ready to do anything that you want for me to. Love you.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • karen salem
    karen salem

    Wow, thanks for sharing details. So glad to hear that "positive vibes" are in your stomach!!! My heart is heavy as you weigh big decision but clearly, you've come this far and I KNOW you will make the right decision. You are wise beyond your years. Praying it all becomes crystal clear for you. Cheering you on as you take next steps. :-)

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Erin

    Love you girl!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Donna J Parrish
    Donna J Parrish

    Kari, I'm so thankful for all of the good news that was in your post! I am continuing to pray for you for strength, wisdom, and courage! If there is anything we can do to help, please reach out! Love you girl!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Samantha Andrews
    Samantha Andrews

    Option 3 is the ONLY way to go!!!!! You ROCK- you’ve got so many positive/ healthy vibes going your way...and the 30th is my bday so obviously a lucky day😉LOVE YOU ALL❤️✨❤️✨

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Anne Beddingfield
    Anne Beddingfield

    Thank you for the update, Kari! I’m sending all good wishes, lots of love and I’m at the ready when you need me! Love you! ❤️

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Arthur Ellis
    Arthur Ellis

    You, my friend, are strong beyond compare. Please know that you have all our thoughts and prayers.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tara Semm
    Tara Semm

    Thinking and praying for you Kari! I’m so glad you chose option #3. I will be thinking of you and praying to our dear lord to kill this awful cancer so you can move forward! Stay strong girl! You’ve got this!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Cindy Tyler
    Cindy Tyler

    Praying for the best for you!! I am just blown away by your positive outlook & ability to cope with everything! You are truly amazing!! (but anyone that knows you already know that!!) Love ya girl!

    2 years ago · Reply