Peritoneal Cancer Ribbon“LIfe isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”  ~ Vivian Greene

If you’ve stumbled upon this page, I’m sorry as it means either you or a loved one has cancer. In January of 2022, I was diagnosed with Primary Peritoneal Cancer. I’m a wife, mother to 2 beautiful girls and grandmother to two adorable, do no wrong grandbabies! I’m a good person and try to live a good life…so why did “I” get cancer? That question will not only drive you crazy if you keep asking it, but it can also put you in a negative mental state (not where you should be or need to be!) It is what it is, so let’s put our big girl panties on and deal with it the best we possibly can.

So, what is Primary Peritoneal Cancer (PPC)? Simply put, PPC is cancer of the peritoneum. But I’m sure you want more information that than. Okay, let’s start with the peritoneum & what exactly it is and does. According to the National Library of Medicine, the peritoneum is the tissue that lines the abdominal wall and covers organs in the abdomen. The peritoneum also produces a lubricating fluid that allows our organs to move easily inside our abdomen. PPC is cancer that begins in the peritoneum; it did not spread there from another part of the body. However, PPC can and often spreads to other organs.

PPC is a close relative of epithelial ovarian cancer. Cells of the peritoneal lining are the same type of cells as the cells that line the surface of the ovary. Because of this, doctors treat PPC in the same manner as they treat ovarian cancer. Below are a few “fun facts” about PPC:

So now what? How do I navigate my way through this new and not so great chapter of my life? How do I stay positive and keep moving forward? How do I  turn my lemon (cancer) into lemonade? How do I increase my longevity against all odds? Welcome to my journey through Primary Peritoneal Cancer. I hope some of the information contained on this website, which I have obtained through many hours of research, can help you in some way.