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...

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...

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