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Abbreviations & Acronyms
dx diagnose, diagnosis
FSH follicle-stimulating hormone
IBS irritable bowel syndrome
IVP intravenous pyelogram — study to look at the kidneys and ureters
NED no evidence of disease
s/s signs & symptoms
SLS second-look surgery
TAH / BSO total abdominal hysterectomy / bilateral salpingectomy and oophorectomy — removal of, respectively: uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries
tx treat, treatment
US ultrasound
WAR whole abdominal radiation
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Pattian-my sister

Submitted on 11/22/2005
Photo of Pattian-my sister March 26, 1964 – December 4, 2004

Patti had a smile and laugh that was so contagious that I could hear the Angels laughing right now from Heaven. When you think of Patti, words and phrases like, Loyal, Honest, Faithful, Laughter, Joyous, Hard Worker, Strong, Intelligent and Worldly come to mind. You think of a TRUE FRIEND foremost, then relative. Someone who was always there for you through thick and thin. Someone who you could run something by, and she would never hesitate to give her “Personal Opinion” and then laugh! Patti was a joy to be around, if she was with you, your day would be filled with pure excitement, never knowing what lies ahead. Patti was someone you would always want on “Your Team”. She was pure enjoyment. She was someone who knew “Everything” about “Nothing”! She brought a smile with her wherever she went in that “Coach” bag of hers!

When she was diagnosed with Clear Cell Cancer a form of Ovarian Cancer back in October of 2003, we were all devastated. After the initial shock, she became extremely focused on fighting this miserable disease. She fought with all her might for the next 14 months doing everything the doctors asked her to do. She became very sick and weak during her many rounds of chemotherapy where she had to be admitted for a week at a time during her treatments. She had many side effects from all the medicine, blurry vision, loss of hearing, nauseous but she was a trooper, never really complaining until the pain was so severe that she couldn’t handle it anymore, and then she wore a pain patch. This particular cancer was a form that continuously produced and multiplied tumors throughout her body. Most people would fall into deep depression, but not Patti, we would talk about these “set back”, but then she would be determined to do the next step, never loosing focus of getting through this. She had many family and friends visit her throughout the 14 months and she would always welcome all of them with open arms and do all the touristy things even when she was so tired and weak. She didn’t let this illness stop her from getting out and doing the things that she loved. Going to ballgames with relatives, going shopping or out to lunch with friends, taking trips to New York to see friends from where she was from. She always said, “If I’m OK to sit home, then I’m OK to sit in a car and go and do something”. Her determination was an inspiration to all of us who were around her.

During her battle, Patti always kept her wit and positive attitude. Even when the news wasn’t good – which many times it wasn’t, she never once gave up hope. The only thing bigger than her smile was her heart and her faith. Patti leaves her Family and Many Friends who miss her tremendously because she touched each of our lives where they will never be the same again. When Patti left us, our lives all skipped a beat, and life as we knew it doesn’t exist anymore.

Words can’t describe how much we all love and miss you Patti…and by the way, we’ve all gotten the “Signs” that you have given us, we know you’re around us each day in “Spirit” and that makes us “Smile”.

Love the Family and Friends of One of the Happiest Angels in Heaven

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