One of my doctors from Whitehorse called on Tuesday to let me know my ovarian cancer test has elevated values for each of the tumor markers. This confirms a malignancy.


So what’s next. More waiting. The doctor has contacted BC Cancer Care in Vancouver to refer me there. They will contact me with the next step. From what I have heard so far, it is likely my transportation will be arranged to Vancouver and they will book a surgery date. A week before that date, they will meet with me in Vancouver for further assessment, to confirm if the surgery will be first, or if they’ll prefer to do chemo before the surgery.

If the chemo is after the surgery, I can do chemo in our capital city of Whitehorse, which is only a 6 hour drive from home.

But mostly, I don’t know anything. You probably have many questions. I don’t have answers. I’m not Googling anything anymore.

How am I feeling? I’m in shock. I have pain. I don’t know how much is from the cancer mass in my ovary and how much is from the kidney infection. I haven’t been taking anything for the pain, but finally caved last night, took an extra strength Advil, had a bath, and fell fast asleep until early this morning. It was so needed, the longest chunk of sleep I’ve had in a couple weeks.

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Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my last post. Love you all! ❤



Lisa (Verkley) Schuyler is a blogger reporting live from her new home in Canada's Yukon Territory. Often found wearing a hoodie, covered in pet hair, Lisa is a mis-placed forester who now spends her days engineering happiness for WordPress users. Lisa loves nature, animals, and most importantly, her handsome husband Jeff.

26 Replies to “Confirmed: I have cancer

  1. I am so sorry you are going through this, Lisa. Even though I’ve never met you, I’ve been following your blog for years, and feel like I’ve known you and Jeff for years. Good luck in whatever happens next…….will keep you two in my prayers Gail

  2. Ugh, sorry to hear Lisa, that sucks! I’ve been following your exciting adventures for a couple years now, since my audition at Automattic. (We chatted once on Slack.)

    I know this next “adventure” is an unwelcome one, but if anyone can make the best of it, I have a feeling you can! I’m wishing the best for you and Jeff in this difficult time.

    Stay awesome you two!

  3. So sorry to here of this terrible and terrifying news Lisa. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. You’re one of my favorite people, Lisa!! I’m sorry you are going through this, but please know that I (and all of us) are here for you. Kick some ass, yeah?

  5. Well, goodness, Lisa. I am so sorry to hear this. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do from afar. You’ve got to get better soon so that I can come visit and see these Northern Lights you’re always taunting me with! 😉

  6. Sending strength, hugs, and love to you and Jeff. You’re still coming to visit me in Tennessee as soon as you’re feeling better. That’s an order. 🙂 <3

  7. I am so, so sorry to hear this Lisa. I’m glad you were able to get some rest and relief from pain in the short term – hoping that more relief and recovery comes soon.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I think you are a strong lady–like your mom. You will give it all you have to beat this. Friend of your Mom’s–Joyce. .

  9. I’m so mad. I am so mad. This is bullshit. I’m so pissed. I’m sorry Lisa. Dammit. Not fair. Love you lady! Shit. I wish I could give you a hug. I’ll start walking now.

  10. Lisa, I am Andrea’s mother and a 7 year ovarian cancer survivor. I would be happy to give you any support I can. Please contact me by email. Hang in there and Never Give Up!

  11. Lisa :hug:. Reading your posts feels like going through it with my mom (Wandering Dawgs above) all over again. It sucks so hard. You are so full of life. Your vibrance will kick cancer’s ass. Don’t give up. Do the ugly sucky stuff the doctors make you do. Rest. Eat. Take long baths. If you need to talk to someone who’s been through it, please do contact my mom (Beth Smith/Wandering Dawgs) or me privately. I’m thinking of you ♥️.

  12. Huge (but gentle) hugs your way. I’m so sorry to hear the news and sending positive thoughts, strength, and love your way. Will be thinking of you.

  13. Hugs, hugs and more hugs. Probably not nearly as wonderful and reassuring as the hugs you get from your hubs and your pup, but they’re genuine all the same. <3

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