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  Dodie Orlando
Dodie Orlando
I'll beat cancer and have fun doing it!
Spring is Springing and So Are We!

Dodie with Dakota's (Gene's) sister Nina on Cayman Brac

Last mid-November, 2014, we left you aware of our plans. Now, all has been fulfilled!

Nikki arrived on December 12 and Dan and Lauren on December 16. We had a wonderful visit filled with many happy memories to hold close.Dan and Lauren left for Denver on Christmas Eve, but Nikki was able to stay on until January 3. She is doing well in her Graduate program, maintaining an 8.9 GPA. Can you tell that I am a proud Mom?

On January 9, we departed Reno for warmer climates. We spent nine days in Florida to attend the FWA (Florida Writers Associatio


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  Dodie Orlando
The Diagnosis
October 13, 2013

Dr. Urban gave us a report with my final diagnosis from my gynecologist, Dr. Etezadi,  in Reno.

“Cervical biopsy specimen contains pieces of fibrous tissue infiltrated by poorly differentiated carcinoma. The endocervical curettage specimen contains isolated clusters of neoplastic cells. Immunohistochemistry is positive for PAX8, Pancytokeratin (AE1/AE3), CK7, p53, variable for CK5/6, and negative for CK20, CEA, vimentin, and ER. The morphology and immunohistochemical profile are supportive of a mullerian neoplasm, and we would favor an ovarian primary given the posi



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How it all Started Part 3

On September 27th, my SCCA case manager called me to let me know that she had called Dr. Etezadi the day before to ask her if she would order and schedule a PET scan for me ASAP. Dr. Etezadi told her that Reno didn’t have a PET Scan facility. My case manager researched Reno and found one that was happy to schedule a test with an order from an out of town physician. After due consideration, the SCCA Team decided to do the scan in Seattle where they could fully oversee everything. They asked me if I could be in Seattle by October 2nd for a Pet Scan and then see Dr. Urban on the 3rd rather

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  Dodie Orlando
How it all Started Part 2
On September 23, I decided that I more than likely have cancer, and, with as slow as things were progressing in Reno, I’d rather go to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for treatment. I called SCCA and they were very efficient. The gal I spoke with said she would schedule an appointment for me as soon as I could have my gynecologist fax the records to her. Dakota (Gene) and I appeared at Dr. Etezadi’s office on the 24th to fill out and sign the paperwork that would allow them to fax my records to Seattle. They indicated that it would take at least 5 business days to get them faxed. I to
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  Dodie Orlando
Long-Time, Local Woman Faces Fight of her Lif

This article was written by a very dear friend, Annie Charnley Eveland in cahoots with my wonderful sister, Dixie Cramer.

It appeared in the Union Bulletin today, October 13, 2013

Indomitable. Unstoppable. Unassailable. Unbowed. Loving. Mirthful. Warm. In small measure, such adjectives capture just who Dodie Brueggeman Orlando is.

The spirited longtime area resident is one of those unquenchably positive people who charges headlong into life, right through Type 1 diabetes diagnosed at age 8 and through blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy three months after she wed and at the end of her col

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  Dodie Orlando
How It All Started

I saw my gynecologist for the first time on August 27. She performed a pelvic exam and noted that I had an infection and a very abnormal looking cervix.  It was hardened, prolapsed and highly vascularized. Although she was unable to look at the uterus, she did note that it felt very heavy and immobile. After completing treatment for the vaginal infection and returning from a week in Puerto Vallarta I returned to the gynecologist for a vaginal ultra sound on September 12. The ultra sound showed an enlarged uterus and ovaries. The uterine tissue was very thick. The uterus was full of blood

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