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Amy's Update 4-12-21

Hello everybody, I wanted to give you an update on my health, even if it isn’t all positive.


As you know we went to the Mayo clinic in March to have scans done, and be examined for a future major surgery to possibly remove the cancer from my pancreas and my SMA major artery.


I told you in my last update, that I also had exploratory surgery, so the Mayo Clinic Dr. could determine if I would be a candidate for this delicate surgery.

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During my surgery the Dr. found dead cancer cells on one portion of the abdominal lining from the exploratory-surgery biopsy, and thought the chemo was working, other biopsies were collected at the time, but we did not get the results.


Last Tuesday April 6th, was my 11th chemo appointment and we met with my Oncologist (Dave got to be in appt. first time in 6 months) Our Dr. read to us the reports from those other biopsies that were sent out to Labs.


Those new biopsy results showed I now have multiple Live active cancer cells in the abdominal area, and they are positive. The cancer cells have spread outside my pancreas, so now I am considered Stage 4.


We now have a game plan, and we will use all the tools in the tool box!

There will be no radiation, because radiation would only help if the cancer was contained in my pancreas. Our Oncologist referred us to Integrated medicine doctors, and also for genetic testing. We will also be looking into clinical trials, currently there are no trials in Oregon but we will travel to other states if we find a clinical trial that could help us.

I do have some good news, Tuesday April 20th, I will complete my 12th round of Chemotherapy That I started 6 months ago, YAAAAAA!!!!!! I am most looking forward to taking a much needed break from Chemos and getting back to feeling like myself again! I will be off chemo for at least two months…….hopefully a lot longer! My oncologist will take a baseline scan in May and compare it to the scan in July. If we can keep the cancer at bay she will do a scan every two months and compare them to the baseline scan, as long as the scans are good I will be able to stay off chemotherapy.

Warriors, I really need your prayers! Please pray that the chemo has worked and cancer stays down and stops spreading.


While off chemo I am looking forward to walking, playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

(GO AWAY COVID !!!!!)


Thank you from the bottom of my Heart! I don't know how I got here, but I do know I could not have made it this far without you all, (and my wonderful loving husband) Love-Amy


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Carla Giancola
Carla Giancola
Apr 14, 2021

Hi Aim❤️ So glad you will get a chemo break, love you loads & prayers continued for your body to be healed completely, God is with you now & always🙏🏻

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Amy Candello
Amy Candello
Apr 16, 2021
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Thanks Car, for every prayer and love you send my way, 😇😇😇🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻and always taking the best care for my doggy Autumn she loves all the love and care you give her . 😘😘😘

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Laura Gibson-Smith
Laura Gibson-Smith
Apr 12, 2021

Amy, you amaze me. You are THE strongest woman I know.

I am here for you for anything you need.

Prayers daily and love

Laura

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Amy Candello
Amy Candello
Apr 16, 2021
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You know how much I love you, and all the devotions you send me daily. 😇😇😇😇😇🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😘😘😘😘🥰🥰🥰🥰

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Hello sweet cousin. Thank you so much for the update. Does this mean no more trips back to Mayo? And hence no surgery to remove the tumor?


I’m praying and thinking about you constantly. I can totally relate to coming off chemo. I’m so happy you will have a reprieve from that. Stay strong and I’m still praying for a miracle.


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Amy Candello
Amy Candello
Apr 16, 2021
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Thank you cuz, yes no more surgery, and no more trips to Mayo unless we find a clinical trail thru them. love you - Amy

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Patricia Brown
Patricia Brown
Apr 12, 2021

Keep fighting fellow cancer warrior! God has your back and hears your prayers! You got this! Love you!

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Amy Candello
Amy Candello
Apr 16, 2021
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Patricia, Your words always inspire me to keep fighting. Thank you so much. Thank you - Amy

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licandello
licandello
Apr 12, 2021

Amy, I can't wait to enjoy the sunny months with you. Phoebe and your “little Chihuahua,” aka David, are ready for the tennis court.

So proud of your strength. Love you!

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Amy Candello
Amy Candello
Apr 16, 2021
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Yes Liz, Pep and I will partner up again, and take you and Dave on again, on the courts. 😎🎾

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