Cami Bivert is a 45-year-old mother of two teenage daughters and one son who recently had the shock of her life to be diagnosed with a very rare cancer.
Only 500 cases of Peritoneal/mesothelioma have been diagnosed in the United States which is a form of stomach cancer. Mesothelioma cancer usually means cancer of the lungs but the Peritoneal refers to cancer in the lower part of the body, or the stomach.
Bivert had been sick for the past year with the diagnosis being fluid in the stomach which she says felt like a watermelon. She had seen four different surgeons in Oroville and Chico who could not give her a diagnosis.
It wasn't until she went to Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital ER in March that she received help when Dr. Henry Starkes found masses in her stomach and sent her to UC Davis for surgery.
“I am grateful to Dr. Starkes for finding the cancer and sending me to UC Davis for surgery,” Bivert stated.
Once the surgery was performed where the mass, covering her ovaries, appendix, some intestines and stomach lining were taken out Bivert said she was 25 pounds lighter. She also had two tumors, the size of a baseball and golf ball removed.
Once the surgery was over, her organs were removed and this is when the rare type of cancer was discovered.
She will return to UC Davis on May 8 to begin Chemotherapy for six months. Her Chemotherapy will be given to her through a box that has to be refilled every three weeks.
Surgery is planned for November in San Diego to have her stomach scraped – a 10 hour surgery. She will be in ICU for two weeks and recuperate at home six to eight weeks.
After the surgery Bivert will receive heated Chemotherapy.
Bivert feels asbestos that she was around as a child may be the reason for the rare cancer.
Before her surgery, Bivert was a bartender at the Pheasant Club in Biggs, the town she has called home for 13 years.
She lives in Biggs with her daughters Charm and Lili Adkins. She also has a son Blake Cardwell who lives in Berry Creek. She has two grandsons and one granddaughter.
In the five years she has worked at the Pheasant Club she had made countless friends and these are the people who want to do something for her.
A special Fund Raiser will be held Saturday, May 4 at the Pheasant Club starting at 2 p.m., with a potluck and music and plenty of raffle prizes.
For those who would like to purchase raffle tickets, you need not be present to win – visit either the UPS Store in Gridley or the Pheasant Club. Donation jars are available at both locations.
Page 2 of 2 - Bivert has no income since she has been unable to work and has no insurance. Our help is needed desperately so that this family does not lose their home. Any amount will be a big help.