Organized by: paige keresztes
The early months of 2014, Pati started feeling extra tired as the days went on. She is 55 years young, so obviously menopause was the culprit, right? Little did she know what was in the road ahead. In the beginning of April she was having discomfort in her upper abdominal area so she went to a doctor she has not seen before. Within 5 minutes they told her it was g.e.r.d. and gave her Zantac and sent her on her way. A few weeks had passed and she was having pain in her upper chest/collarbone area that was achy and hard to describe. Another doctor told her it was "fatigue". Finally, she went to a doctor that ordered blood tests after she had become jaundice and very weak. A cat scan was ordered 2 days later. That is when they saw a mass located on her gallblader. That Monday night, May 12, she was admitted to the hospital in Riverside. After 2 days of waiting around, they decided she needed to be treated at UCI medical hospital for a higher level of care. She had a procedure done the next day called an ercp which is where they go in endoscopically through her mouth and down her esophagus up through her bile duct and into the gallbladder, this was to get a better look at the mass they had found and to get a biopsy and place a stint through the duct to unblock it. That same say she developed pancreatitis which is a risk with this procedure. A few days later had to have drains placed in her abdomin area to help with the draining of the backed up bile. After nearly a month in the hospital,and being diagnosed with gallbladder cancer,cat scans,adn procedures, the doctors and surgeons that were on the case had a meeting with Pati and family and said that unfortunatly by the way Patis body is reacting and looking at the scans, surgery wasnt an option. This cancer is very advanced and is in the liver also. It is unrecectable. Chemotherapy doesnt often respond well to this type of cancer. But the oncologist, who is just a wonderful doctor who we met the next week after she was discharged out of the hospital talked to us and said that he wanted to try a low dose, very well tolerated chemotherapy. We decided to go ahead and give this a try in hopes of improving her numbers if anything.Its been 4 weeks of once a week chemo treatments and her biliruben (the number that has to do with the bile) has come down which is awesome! After good days and bad days and being in and out of the hospital. she then started developing fluid around her lungs and was sent in for a procedure to remove the fluid which is called a thorascentesis. This caused her blood pressure to drop immensly and also triggered a fever, she didnt look to good and was sent to the E.R. Little did we know this would be the last time she was admitted into the hospital. Yet again, she had an infection, so we were stuck in there again. During the second week she was given the stronger does of chemo as a last shot to see any improvement. After 3, nearly 4 weeks in the hospital Pati was so uncomfortable (the fluid came back) and was very weak from not eating or drinking. After countless procedures and tests she decided that this was no longer how she wanted to spend her life. There was no chance for her to get better, and she no longer wanted to be in pain, she said she was done. The fight that Pati gave was one that Doctors and nurses were surprised to see. She pushed even when some doctors gave up and for that she got to have a little extra time with us. Pati gained her wings on August 24th, 2014 at 10:25pm surrounded by her daughter Paige, sister Pam, and future son in law Josh. It was peaceful as she entered Heaven.
During this time,Paige was unable to work while she was there for her mom. being able to the bills is not so easy, with your donations and generosity it would relieve the stress of this chaotic and traumatic time. Thankyou for your continued prayers for the family.