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This is the Dorsch Battle against Liposarcoma. All the funds will be used for medical costs and expenses that are not covered by insurance.

At the end of July 2012, my husband William, was complaining of abdominal issues on a regular basis. One evening after work I convinced him to go to the emergency room. Multiple tests and procedures were done until an answer was provided. A tumor had been located in his abominal area. Fear is an emotion that we all have but this was something neither one of us had ever prepared for. We met with the surgeon who showed us what looked like a soccer ball sized tumor in his abdominal cavity. He advised that surgery was necessary and he would be doing it the next day. When the doctor came to talk to me after the surgery you could see the disappointment that he felt. He proceeds to tell me that the tumor was the size of a basketball and attached at the illiac vessels in his pelvis. He was unable to remove it all. Then he says the words no one ever wants to hear, cancer. He tells me that he believes it is liposarcoma and that it is a very rare cancer. I am stunned beyond belief.

Will was in the hospital for almost two weeks due to the amount of trauma from the surgery, internal bleeding and various other issues. Pathology was sent to the Mayo clinic in Rochester, MN for confirmation of the diagnosis, well-differentiated retroperitoneal liposarcoma. We ended up going to the Mayo clinic for a second opinion and met with a sarcoma specialist. We were told that this will be a lifelong battle. Liposarcoma is a rare cancer (less then 1% of all adult cancers) and the tumors tend to recur often. The area that Will's tumor is in tends to be an area of concern and can lead to the spread of the tumors to other areas of the body.

We know that our battle is a long one. He will be facing another surgery to remove the rest of the tumor that was left from the first surgery and anything that has developed since then. The next surgery will be at the Mayo clinic, which is about 8 hours away from our home in Bismarck, ND.

Like most families, we are dependent on each other's income to provide for our boys. Liam is almost 12 years old and Xander is almost 8. They have been truly amazing. They know what their dad is going through and have been so loving and understanding. We have no way of knowing how long he is going to be out with the next surgery and all of his sick time was used this time around. Thank you and blessings to everyone joining in the Battle against Liposarcoma.

For more information feel free to join us on Facebook at Prayers for Will Dorsch, or at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/williamdorsch.

If you are not comfortable donating online or just want more information feel free to contact me at: Brandy Dorsch 547 S. 7th St. #206 Bismarck, ND 58504, or at 701-516-4611.
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