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The family and friends of Roni are uniting to raise money to help her in her battle with cancer. Please show your support!

It was the week of Sept 18, 2011 when Roni started having lower abdominal pains. She went to Urgent Care on that Tuesday, but they didn't see anything. They suggested she see an OBGYN on Wednesday, thinking maybe it was a cyst on her ovary. At the OBGYN they did an ultrasound but they did not see anything either. At that point she had a fever and a headache that would not go away, so Friday night she had Wally (her boyfriend) bring her to the ER at Fairview Southdale.

At Fairview they did a CT scan and determined that her appendix was enlarged and decided they should remove it. At the time they did not see much more than that. Saturday morning she went in for surgery to remove her appendix. Her routine appendectomy, a 1 hour surgery, had turned into 3 hours. They told her that they had also taken 18 inches of her Colon and 6 inches of her small intestine along with her appendix. There was a tumor around her appendix that was the about the size of a lemon. Pathology was not in to do the biopsy until Monday. So her doctor revealed to her Tuesday that she had appendiceal cancer.

She was referred to an oncologist at Fairview Southdale, she gave her a treatment plan that consisted of about 6 months of chemotherapy, a combination of IV treatments and chemo pills. Roni also went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a second opinion. The doctor she saw at Mayo suggested virtually the same treatment plan, so Roni decided to do her treatment at Southdale because it was convenient and close to home. She got through the chemo like a champ. She had some typical side effects, but kept a smile on her face through the whole thing.

May 2012, Roni finished her chemo and breathed a momentary sigh of relief. She went back in for a follow up scan and then waited. It seemed like an eternity waiting for the results of the scan. When they got the results back, they had determined that the cancer had spread. They saw some spots on the lining of her abdomen. At this point, she had 2 options, she could do another round of chemo, keeping in mind that it had little effect the first round, or she could undergo a HIPEC procedure. After much deliberation, she opted for the HIPEC and quickly called to schedule it before she changed her mind.

June 21, 2012 - Roni went in to the University of Minnesota Medical Center for her surgery. It took a bit longer than they had anticipated, but her body handled it well, and that night they had her sitting up in her bed. The next day she was standing and taking short walks. The few days after that were a little rough as her body was recovering from the very invasive procedure, and a week after she was admitted, she got to go home to recover in her own bed.

This process is not over for Roni, she still has scans and follow up appointments to determine the success of the surgery. She is a very strong woman I believe she will get through this, but not without our help.

Your donations are greatly appreciated.

If you would like to make a donation by cash or check please contact Kelly at kellybbowden@gmail.com
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