In 2005 Wendi was diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic ovarian cancer. She also tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene. After treatment, which included a hysterectomy and prophylactic double mastectomy, she was pronounced "cured" after five years.
Early in 2019, after 14 years her cancer returned. During our conversation we discussed:
How a case of appendicitis led to the diagnosis of her cancer recurrence.
The challenges she now faces with the metastasis to her peritoneum.
HIPEC as an option for treatment of her cancer recurrence.
The long-term side effects of her initial treatment and how it's impacted her life.
How her cancer recurrence has impacted decisions on her life moving forward.