REDMOND, Ore. — Linda Rittenbach tried all the diets and workouts, but nothing would help her lose weight. Doctors even suggested weight-loss surgery.
It wasn't until the Redmond woman went to a different doctor this spring for flu-like symptoms that she found out why she couldn't shed the pounds. A 140-pound cancerous tumor had been growing near her stomach for the past 15 to 20 years.
It took doctors in Redmond and Portland three surgeries, over two months, to remove the tumor. Doctors had to remove her kidneys to complete the surgery, and were only able to put one back.
My surgery is a week from tomorrow. I'm trying to tie up as many loose ends as possible before I check in. I hope my sister doesn't go into labor until AFTER I get out of the hospital; I would be totally bummed if I missed out on all the fun!!