|About the Book|
In the spring of 2004, Suzanne Dickinson Brown was looking forward to buying a house near her family in West Virginia to live in when I retired from JP Mascaro & Sons in 2006. She was also looking forward to celebrating being cancer free for fiveMoreIn the spring of 2004, Suzanne Dickinson Brown was looking forward to buying a house near her family in West Virginia to live in when I retired from JP Mascaro & Sons in 2006. She was also looking forward to celebrating being cancer free for five years. In September 1999, she had under gone a modified radical mastectomy with TRAM flap reconstruction for a tumor in her right breast.Fate had other plans for Suzanne. In early April 2004, she was bothered with vague pains in her lower abdominal area and her family doctor ordered a CAT scan. The scan discovered an advanced and serious adenocarcinoma. On May 12, 2004, she underwent exploratory laparotomy for purposes of debulking and staging, (Stage IIIC ovarian cancer) and included an omentectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and hysterectomy. In June, her doctor had a port installed in Suzie’s shoulder area for the chemotherapy infusions.Suzie told me she would keep a journal of her experiences fighting this cancer with the idea that maybe our daughters, nieces, and other women facing chemotherapy might find it helpful and of interest. The following are Suzie’s entries over a nearly nine year period of seven different chemotherapies. I fatefully reproduced my wife’s exact wording except in a couple of obvious errors, such as wrong years and I occasionally added missing pronouns to complete the sentence and a few pictures. I used foot notes where needed to explain terms and identify individuals.I will donate all royalties from her journal to Hospice Care, Charleston, WV in memory of Suzanne.