My name is Lisa Peeler and I live in Weddington, North Carolina. My husband, Sterling and I have three sons, Mason, Jay and Brock who all attended Weddington High School. My oldest son is currently a sophomore at NCSU while my middle son is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. My youngest son, is a senior at WHS and plans to also attend NCSU. I personally graduated from UNC-Chapel hill so we have a pretty good family rivalry going.
It has been a tough year for our family as my sister was diagnosed in January with a rare uterine muscular form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma. She was finishing up her last round of chemo when I was diagnosed with papillary serous carcinoma of the peritoneum which is also a very rare form of cancer.
After several weeks of stomach pain I was admitted to the hospital with kidney failure which began a 12 day hospital stay. While in the hospital the doctors performed nephrostomy surgery and later inserted stents to resolve my kidney issue. The eventually discovered the cause was tumors and inflammation related to my cancer.
My first chemotherapy treatment was administered in the hospital before I was discharged and I have been receiving additional chemo treatments every 21 days through the summer months. After my fifth cycle of chemo my body is tolerating and responding very well.
Surgery will be required to remove all the visible signs of cancer and any organs that I can live without. We have made a connection with a top notch oncologist from New York City. He works at one of the best cancer centers in the country for this type of cancer. Surgery is planned for Oct. 9th and I will have to spend much of October in New York before coming home. Once at home I will receive three more rounds of chemo and then daily PARP inhibitors.
I have gone back to working full time and most days feel pretty good. I still have a few days that I feel exhausted and weak. I have a very large and loving family. They have been supportive every step of the way and have stepped up to offer meals, prayers and visits. The Weddington community has been amazing and I feel very blessed going forward with such a loving support system. I feel positive about the future but still take life one day at a time.