Dear Jack

Tessa L

Active LifeList Participant

In April of 2019, I began having consistent lower abdominal cramps. I initially thought they were your typical menstrual cramps, but they persisted so I made an appointment with my OBGYN. They did an ovarian ultrasound and found a cyst, but said it was nothing to be concerned about. The doctor told me it should resolve itself and to take Advil as needed for pain.

The previous “cramps” didn’t resolve so, in August of 2019, I made a follow-up appointment. The doctor noticed swelling on my left side and said the area where I was complaining of pain was my bowel, not ovaries. I was then referred for a full lower-abdominal ultrasound. During this ultrasound, the ovaries looked normal, but they discovered multiple liver masses and a large mass in my descending colon. They immediately referred me for a CT scan, liver biopsy, and colonoscopy. On August 27th, I was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal adenocarcinoma. In layman’s terms: colon cancer that has metastasized/spread.

Tessa’s Life List:

  1. An iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  2. Something fun for my husband and I!

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