Pattie's Story

Survivor

First and foremost I want to thank all of you for walking.  I have personally benefitted from your efforts.  I owe my life to UMass and Dr. Laura Lambert.

I have a rare cancer and without Dr. Lambert’s skill, knowledge and research, I probably would be dead.  I have PMP (pseudomyxoma peritonei) appendix cancer. 

I was lucky enough to have a primary doctor who referred me to Dr. Litwin a gastric surgeon, who knew he could not help me and that Dr. Lambert could.

I had a 10 hour surgery where Dr. Lambert did cytoreduction (removal of the mucin which is tumor) and MOAS (mother of all surgeries) where she had to remove all the organs that were affected by the mucin.  I had HIPEC which is heated chemo that was pumped through my abdomen by a heart/lung machine for about 2 hours to kill any tumor that Dr. Lambert didn’t get.

I spent 3 days in the SICU and 8 days on the 7th floor.  I received exceptional care.

The nurses, aides, dietary were so kind.  They are truly devoted to patient comfort and care. So empathetic, I was on clear liquids for all of my stay and each day the man who came w/the menu for the day would try to cheer me up w/a new flavor of Italian ice.  I was not allowed to take a shower, so on my 1 week “anniversary” my aide, washed my hair in the chair and put make-up on me.  Sounds like a silly thing, but it made me feel like a million bucks.  I will be forever grateful to everyone I met on the 7th floor.

I am so thankful to UMass and Dr. Lambert.  I made a promise that I would do what I can so that someone else can benefit from UMass and its Cancer Center.