The Omentum Project

Understudied. Perhaps underappreciated?

The first question I am usually asked, is, "What is the omentum"? Very few people are familiar with this organ. It has been referred to as “the quirkiest” organ in your body; it is regularly called “an apron of fat”; it is part of the immune system, the lymphatic system, and may play a role in thermoregulation. 



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May 19, 2020

Thank you to Heidi Schuman, a junior at Springfield College majoring in studio art. Heidi created a gorgeous graphite, pen, and ink illustration of the omentum for The Omentum Project.. There are very few renditions of the omentum; it is an honor to have this striking...

April 6, 2020

Digestion: so important, but not considered a “polite” topic of conversation. A 2016 survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Renew Life Probiotics found that 64 percent of the women surveyed do not discuss digestive issues with their friends; another survey...

March 4, 2020

The Omentum Project Advisory Team is hosting a free, educational workshop for cancer survivors living without an omentum, "Together We Can Learn About Living Without an Omentum". The workshop will be held on Saturday May 30th via webinar.

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February 1, 2020

Traveling is like a final exam for me: I have to apply all the things I have learned about managing Post-Omentectomy Fluid Retention Syndrome (POFCS). At home, I can stray with relatively minor consequences … a little more salt here, a little less exercise there. But n...

January 7, 2019

After a great deal of reflection, I have decided that it is important to have a name that adequately reflects the complexity of the condition I manage on a daily basis. “Abdominal Lymphedema” is a phrase recognized by many, but in the end, this is only a small part of...

November 7, 2018



Oh, God….. Please, please don’t let it be Cancer.


Fifteen months after my ovarian cancer surgery, which included a total hysterectomy, I now look four months pregnant.


The first time I look four months pregnant is six months before my cancer su...

September 3, 2018

“What is an omentectomy?” I asked as I read the surgical report.  A few days before, I had learned that I had ovarian cancer, and my omentum was removed as part of cancer staging surgery, a routine procedure with ovarian cancer, because, the omentum, often referred to...

August 24, 2018



My first ever blog post...

Why the omentum?  Because my omentum was removed as part of cancer staging surgery in 2014.

The Goals I have for this blog:

1) Increase awareness of the omentum

2) Provide information that might be helpful to others who are also livin...

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