Neuroendocrine tumor survivor: Compassionate care led me to work at MD Anderson

I never had any neuroendocrine tumor symptoms before my diagnosis. In fact, I went in for surgery for something else altogether. When I underwent exploratory surgery for endometriosis in 2018, my doctor in Alabama found a tumor on my appendix. He removed my appendix during surgery. During my follow-up appointment, I found out that I had cancer and would need part of my colon removed. My mind went quiet in that moment. I was only 22 at the time. I didn’t know what type of cancer I had, but I knew that I wanted to go to a hospital that would provide the best care and compassion. My mother and aunt knew people who’d been treated at MD Anderson. My aunt called to request an appointment. Surgery leads to neuroendocrine tumor diagnosis But before my first appointment at MD Anderson, I began to experience sharp, intense pains while my mom and I were driving from Alabama to Texas for my grandmother’s funeral. I became violently ill.  I was admitted to MD Anderson’s Emergency Center for a bowel obstruction on May 21, 2018. I needed surgery to remove the obstruction from scar tissue that formed after my appendix was removed in Alabama. Not long after my surgery, I had an internal hemorrhage. I underwent another surgery to stop the bleeding, remove part of my colon, and join my small and large intestines. Everything happened so fast. My dad hadn’t arrived at the hospital yet, and I didn’t want to go into surgery without seeing him first. Nurse Conner Francis advocated for me, and I got to see my dad and pray with him before surgery. Conner also...

Neuroendocrine tumor survivor: Compassionate care led me to work at MD Anderson

I never had any neuroendocrine tumor symptoms before my diagnosis. In fact, I went in for surgery for something else altogether. When I underwent exploratory surgery for endometriosis in 2018, my doctor in Alabama found a tumor on my appendix. He removed my appendix during surgery. During my follow-up appointment, I found out that I had cancer and would need part of my colon removed. My mind went quiet in that moment. I was only 22 at the time. I didn’t know what type of cancer I had, but I knew that I wanted to go to a hospital that would provide the best care and compassion. My mother and aunt knew people who’d been treated at MD Anderson. My aunt called to request an appointment. Surgery leads to neuroendocrine tumor diagnosis But before my first appointment at MD Anderson, I began to experience sharp, intense pains while my mom and I were driving from Alabama to Texas for my grandmother’s funeral. I became violently ill.  I was admitted to MD Anderson’s Emergency Center for a bowel obstruction on May 21, 2018. I needed surgery to remove the obstruction from scar tissue that formed after my appendix was removed in Alabama. Not long after my surgery, I had an internal hemorrhage. I underwent another surgery to stop the bleeding, remove part of my colon, and join my small and large intestines. Everything happened so fast. My dad hadn’t arrived at the hospital yet, and I didn’t want to go into surgery without seeing him first. Nurse Conner Francis advocated for me, and I got to see my dad and pray with him before surgery. Conner also...

Neuroendocrine tumor survivor: Compassionate care led me to work at MD Anderson

I never had any neuroendocrine tumor symptoms before my diagnosis. In fact, I went in for surgery for something else altogether. When I underwent exploratory surgery for endometriosis in 2018, my doctor in Alabama found a tumor on my appendix. He removed my appendix during surgery. During my follow-up appointment, I found out that I had cancer and would need part of my colon removed. My mind went quiet in that moment. I was only 22 at the time. I didn’t know what type of cancer I had, but I knew that I wanted to go to a hospital that would provide the best care and compassion. My mother and aunt knew people who’d been treated at MD Anderson. My aunt called to request an appointment. Surgery leads to neuroendocrine tumor diagnosis But before my first appointment at MD Anderson, I began to experience sharp, intense pains while my mom and I were driving from Alabama to Texas for my grandmother’s funeral. I became violently ill.  I was admitted to MD Anderson’s Emergency Center for a bowel obstruction on May 21, 2018. I needed surgery to remove the obstruction from scar tissue that formed after my appendix was removed in Alabama. Not long after my surgery, I had an internal hemorrhage. I underwent another surgery to stop the bleeding, remove part of my colon, and join my small and large intestines. Everything happened so fast. My dad hadn’t arrived at the hospital yet, and I didn’t want to go into surgery without seeing him first. Nurse Conner Francis advocated for me, and I got to see my dad and pray with him before surgery. Conner also...