MY CANCER JOURNEY

GoGo & Mom

My name is Gloria Morris (aka GoGo) and Theresa Cicco is my mother.  I am her only child and we basically grew up together as I popped in to her life at the young age of 18.  She hasn’t had it easy with me as I really have lived up to my childhood nickname GoGo and kept her on her toes for sure.  She and I have been through a lot and even had a massive head on collision together where she endured significant injuries but I was left without a scratch.  My mom had a ruptured appendix many years ago but outside of that has been very healthy. At least we thought she was healthy.  Just a few weeks ago she finally felt she needed to take action on her feelings of fatigue, discomfort and abdominal bloating.  On September 9, 2022 she decided to visit an urgent care clinic and based on her symptoms, she was diagnosed with a potential urinary tract infection and was prescribed an antibiotic and sent home.  Six days later, realizing she didn’t feel better she made an appointment with the nurse practitioner from her Dr. office and I took her to get checked on September 15th. The nurse practitioner, Patti felt a CT Scan was the best next step.  After much back and forth, we were able to expedite her CT Scan and get her in the next day, September 16th.  She went home after her test and we waited for the results.  Dr. Lauren Harting called her at 7pm that evening and asked that she proceed to the emergency room that Friday night.  My Aunt Tina (Popp nee Cicco) took her and I left my fundraising event and headed to St Mary’s Medical Center. After a battery of tests and various discussions, we now know she’s been battling advanced stage Ovarian Cancer. To say we are devastated is an understatement and after thousands of text messages to loved ones I decided to use this platform to document and consolidate information about our journey together.  We have so many friends, family members, work colleagues and customers from our family business (John Cicco’s Menswear) who want to know how my mom is doing and I have decided this is the best way to communicate.  I will also use this for my own documentation and to organize all of the new information that is being presented to us for the first time.  There are few backdated journal entries that are more for my own historical documentation.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together to fight for her life.

Calendar Gymnastics and 2024 Do Over

Not to brag but I think I set a record for the most visits to different hospitals and doctors offices for different people and different reasons in a ten day period. This blog isn’t about me but I have to share this because it’s so unbelievable I kind of laughing. I have to find humor…

Bloody Hell, Puke & Lost Keys

I don’t even know where to start with this post. I thought yesterday was a marathon and a candidate for worst day of 2024 and then I was introduced to today. Baton tossed, new winner awarded. After spending the morning at the cancer center and the second half of the afternoon and evening at Munster…

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100th Post and 100 Reasons Cancer SUCKS

We received some terrible news today. The truth is the official news came Monday via MyChart and despite my best efforts to resist Googling and hiding them from my mom she found them. Been a weird few days knowing what we read and trying to pretend all is ok. The results of Mom’s biopsy hit…

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Additional Confirmation from University of Chicago

Dr. Kurnit called us this evening and reiterated what we heard earlier from Dr. Sidani. She has been in communication with him and they are in agreement that chemotherapy should be started again immediately. She also gave more clarity on why surgery is not recommended at this time. This is an aggressive cancer and while…

Teal ribbon awareness (isolated with clipping path) for Ovarian Cancer, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Lymph Node Biopsy – Results Pending

Just flew back from NYC after a hellish 48 hours of travel last night. I needed to get home, get some sleep and pick up my mom by 630am to get her to the hospital by 645am this morning for her biopsy procedure.  She had been fasting since the night before and really wanted some…

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Biopsy NEXT Thursday, June 29th

Despite an all out effort to secure an earlier appointment with Interventional Radiology we must wait until next week. Thursday 29th is the set date of Mom’s biopsy. I called all hospitals in the Community healthcare system that could perform this procedure – St Mary’s, St Catherine’s, Community in Munster. I checked with University of…

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An Update for Theresa

I would have liked to have waited longer than three months to write in this journal again. The last 90 days have been nothing but optimistic and positive and my mom hasn’t looked or felt better since her cancer diagnosis in September.  The last time we were here was almost exactly three months ago and…

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The Right Direction

I have been waiting for definitive results on my moms CT and PET Scan before posting any more updates. I wish we could say we are completely in the clear and dancing with NED (No evidence of disease) but honestly we aren’t quite there yet despite my dreams of cancer being behind us. Here is…

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CA-125 Results and 34 Infusions!

Today we received the AMAZING news that my moms CA-125 result was THIRTEEN!!!!  A normal range of this cancer marker is 0-35! Can’t be more perfect than this!  Just to give a baseline, her reading in September was off the charts and over 1200. What a miracle!!!! I manage all of the doctors appointments for…

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Friend Love: Angela Mason

Angela and Leslie with me at a charity event for Legacy Foundation Even when I’m crying and sad you bring me joy. I am so blessed to have the most amazing next door neighbor who is now a best friend and working on Team Float Sixty!! Daily checkins and pop overs and taking care of…

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The Doctors: University of Chicago

Several people have reached out and strongly suggested considering second opinion consults as we go through this journey. My amazing sister-in-law, Alyssa Rapp, immediately introduced me to her friend and company board member, Dr. Funmi Olopade who is one of the University of Chicago’s top hematology oncologists. Dr. Olopade and I have been texting since…

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Family Love: Johnny helping Grandma

My son John was a big help this week and helped me sort out and clear my moms garage! We were able to make several donations to Goodwill and lots of items will hopefully find a new home. Anything we can do to make her life easier and head clearer is important in her journey.…