Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Cancer.

I guess it is time to write a post about my news. I want to keep every body as informed and updated as I can and so I will try to do it through my blog. On Wednesday, May 30, I noticed a large lump in my lower abdomen and on Thursday, May 31st I went into the hospital. I got two ultrasounds and then went and got a CT scan. After one more CT scan we had a pretty definitive diagnosis. There were two, possibly three large tumors in my pelvic region that were most likely malignant. My dad called probably every doctor in the state of Utah and after talking to some of the best doctors he knows they decided I have Stage 2 ovarian cancer ***later determined to be Stage 4***. My dad is so awesome, he got me all set up with a doctor at the Hunstman Cancer Institute and I couldn't be in better hands. The facilities are way nice and the staff is super friendly and supportive.

I will be going in for surgery tomorrow, June 7th where they will be removing the tumors. I have to be at the hospital at 8:45am and the surgery will probably be 2-4 hours long. I will most likely be groggy and drugged all day Thursday and not very coherent so don't expect any texts or updates from me then :) After surgery I will be doing probably 6-8 months of chemotherapy. They haven't told me much about the chemo treatments, I think they are waiting till the surgery to see the extent of everything-what it all looks like inside and such. I will post regular updates here for all of my friends and family.

I have already been so incredibly blessed. I have the most amazing family members anyone could dream of. I have received so many well wishes of love and support and am so grateful for each and every one of them. I also have the greatest friends ever. Thank you guys all so much for texting and calling and being so willing to help me with anything I may want or need. I feel so loved and supported.

So...that is my news, but I am doing great! I feel really calm and comforted and I am not worried at all.

If you have ever gotten a CT scan, it is a super weird thing. The give you an IV of iodine or iodide or something and tell you to expect to feel really warm inside in a few seconds. It was so weird! It felt like my blood was boiling inside of me and that I was burning up from the inside out and just as fast as it came on, it was gone. The whole weird feeling probably only lasted 20-30 seconds. It was fun looking at the scans after and seeing what my insides sorta look like. My cute little bladder is all squished and tiny to make room for my evil twin babies. It's pretty crazy, they are about 25cm total in size; that is almost a foot! I feel like I look about 5 months pregnant right now. Imagine either that or the Grinch belly. Right now I'd make a pretty awesome Grinch :)

The doctor is pretty certain that he is going to be able to save my right ovary and uterus, they will just be removing the left one and something on the right one, so I will still be able to reproduce and have little monster Kalina's running all over the world in like 10 years.

The hardest part for me I think is that I am not going to be able to run for at least 6 weeks!!!! Can you believe that? Me sitting around on my tush doing nothing for 6 weeks? Yeah, I am going to go absolutely insane. I have LOTS of books and I will be watching lots of movies I'm sure.

Check back in a few days for the update on how my surgery goes and any other news I find out!

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  1. Good luck with surgery tomorrow your cute little family will be in our prayers! Keep me posted if you need anything I work up at the U all the time so I am more than willing to make the little walk over to Huntsman to visit and bring anything you need :)

  2. You know, I wish we always told everyone how great they really are on a normal basis, but obviously familiarity and normalcy get in the way and those important things don't seem to come out of our mouths as often. You're an amazing amazing person, cancer or no cancer. :) I look up to you in so many ways. You're going to kick cancer to the curb and be running again in no time. Love you so much and let me know if you need anything at all!

  3. Can't wait for an update to hear how everything goes!! Those pictures are insane. i have never seen anything like that.

    Good luck a million times.


  4. Kalina you are a truly beautiful person who makes us all realize how to live our lives more positively, because of your example. Good luck tomorrow and we love you! Love, Shaeley and family:)

  5. You are so young to be dealing with such a big thing. You are on the right track with your positive attitude and the best group of people at Huntsman. Many prayers and positive thoughts heading your way.

  6. Frizzen snatch! It deleted what I had written because I'm a technical idiot.... Anyway, I showed Thomas your evil twins and was crying a little bit and told him you were going into surery to get them out and that he should keep a prayer in his heart for you today. He looked at me a little quizickly (sp?) and then saidin his half yell, "Mom, you're freaking me OUT! Kaweena is going to be fine! Gosh..." And walked into his bedroom. So, there you go. Out of the mouth of babes, right? Anywho, we love you and are praying for you, Sterling, your family, the surgeons, nurses, candy-stripers and anyone else who may be involved in your surgery and/or recovery. Laura and I are coming up to visit Friday. And I'm already making dinners for you... I hope to be there for you like you've always been there for Thomas and I. We love you and treasure your friendship. Chocolate kisses!
    Rachel and Tom-cat

  7. Kalina,
    You are truly a inspiration the way you have grasp life and the challenges faced are amazing to me. you are stronger than I could ever imagine being and I really look up to you. I don't get to see all of you as much as I would like but I will start making time. I love you and know you are my hero.
    love elisha.

  8. Kalina,
    The entire Morgan family is praying for you! I'm thinking how you have been strong & determined since childhood. And you do have an amazing, supportive family. I haven't been able to think of much else since I read your blog today. We love you! Wendy Morgan

  9. Oh Kalina you have the most amazing attitude ever!! I'm so impressed...I'll never forget that day when I really didn't want to run an 800 Meter on a rainy day at our Brighton-hosted track meet, and I went to you and Myriah to motivate me. Haha, I felt really felt better after talking to you too. You haven't lost that incredible spirit! Keep it up, hope to hear from/see you soon. Keeping you in my prayers :D


  10. I just read your post today. I hope you are doing better and that you will continue to recover from your surgery. You are such an amazing person. We will keep you in our prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  11. Kalina,

    What an inspiring story. I was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer last week and will be having surgery on Oct. 9. You strengthen me and believe too that prayers really make a difference and that little tender mercies from the Lord happen all the time. Maybe I'll see you up at Huntsman sometime. Hang in there and continue to inspire us all. May the Lord bless.

    1. Oh I am so sorry to hear that! I am having surgery on the 9th too!! Is Dr. Soisson your oncologist? Maybe we will be recovering together on the 5th floor! You should email me, I like having ovarian cancer friends, no one else knows quite what we're going through. I hope that your surgery goes well and that you can recover quickly. Thank you for the comment!


  12. I just found your blog through Google, and I find your optimistic spirit incredibly inspiring! Thank you for taking the time to write a blog about your experience. My mother was diagnosed with Stage 3c OVCA 4 1/2 years ago and she is not one to write about her feelings, experiences, etc. I find it helpful to read other's experiences in hopes of being able to be there for my mom in a more helpful way. I can't wait to read more!

    1. Oh I am so glad I can help! If you ever questions or don't know how to act or what to do to help her feel free to email me. Good luck to your mother!


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