Advice for GIST Caregivers from Gail Mansfield

Tim was diagnosed with GIST in July of 1994 on his 52nd birthday. Gail had to take him to the hospital due to flu-like symptoms. “He was in intensive care in the hospital and they couldn’t figure out why he was bleeding internally. They gave him several pints of blood. Finally, there was this really great surgeon who just wouldn’t give up. He said, ‘I want to open you up.’ He found a 9 cm. GIST tumor in his stomach.”