I had life-saving abdominal surgery on August 25, 2017. My primary surgeon, Dr. Greene, with the help of 3 other surgeons, removed a 32lb tumor and 8lbs of fluid. The tumor turned out to be a rare, highly aggressive cancer called uterine myxoid leiomyosarcoma. It was high grade/stage 2b. With surgery came a subtotal, or partial, hysterectomy (everything but the cervix). I was too malnutritioned and bleeding too heavily for Greene to risk full removal of the reproductive organs or of the tumor (he got 95% of it).  I begged various specialist surgeons over the course of a year to take the rest of the tumor out but no one would. Thus, it metastasized and more tumors developed. I failed 3 chemo regimens, and by Summer 2018, I was stage 4. I went on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in August 2018. I tried one last chemo, this time targeted, in October/November 2018, but developed critical kidney failure and critical electrolyte issues because the tumor was compressing my ureters, in November 2018. On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, I was admitted to the ER, then ICU, for the above problems, as well as other complications due to my tumors. As of January 17, 2019, I am still in the hospital but no longer in ICU. On January 23, 2019, Teresa passed away. While her cancer certainly played a part in this, gross medical malpractice on the part of the hospital played a bigger part.

You can learn more about her experience on her timeline.