PMP Pal Celebrates Her First Vacation Following CRS and HIPEC!

About this “Pal”: Kim lives in the United States and was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei during the latter part of 2009. She and her husband are the parents of young adult children, and haven’t allowed her diagnosis to prevent them from leading active lives! Kim shares this report about her recent vacation…

Late last year, I was diagnosed withPseudomyxoma Peritonei.

I had CRS with HIPECin January. My surgery required me to have an ileostomy. The ensuing few months of recuperation earlier this year were very difficult.

As time went on I realized that I needed to challenge myself to overcome my situation. Therefore, in July, I planned a trip to fly to New Jersey to visit some good friends of mine!

Although this vacation would potentially include new obstacles for me, I felt that it would be worth the risk! While in New Jersey, I tried to never let my condition stop me from doing anything, as I had the loving support of my dear friends. They took me to watch a baseball game at the new Yankee Stadium! Instead of worrying about my ileostomy and all of its challenges, I remained focused on the all the laughs and the great time we were having!

Since first being diagnosed, I had my share of difficult days, but now they have become few and far between, as I am learning to find my new sense of normal. Taking the risk of going on my trip was well worth it, and I will do more of the same in the future!

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