Resident speaks to commissioners about rare cancer

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY — Meigs County Commissioners on Thursday heard from guest speaker Duane Wolfe, whose wife, Brenda, died of peritoneal cancer Aug. 17, 2013, less than a month after her diagnosis.

Peritoneal cancer is a disease of the moist tissue that covers the abdominal cavity and the entire surface of all organs in the abdomen, according to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. This type of cancer is rare and usually occurs in women.

According to Wolfe, this type of cancer is also more difficult to detect in early stages because of the symptoms, which include constipation or diarrhea, the feeling of being full after taking in only a little food, the feeling of being bloated, weight loss or weight gain, nausea, pain in the lower abdomen, and loss of appetite — feelings that anyone, especially women, will most likely feel in their lifetimes.

Wolfe told commissioners that after his wife’s passing he fell into deep grief and it took him a while to complete the book that both he and his wife were writing together. The book, a collection of short stories, is titled, “Weeds and Flowers in Our Garden.” Wolfe said he will be having a book signing Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the Racine Library. All proceeds go toward research for peritoneal cancer cures.

Wolfe is also the the founder of Brenda K. Wolfe Peritoneal Cancer Foundation, which was created and became an official nonprofit last year. The name of the website for the foundation is

Following Wolfe’s appearance, the commissioners heard from Bill Davis, Gordan Winebrenner and Al Graham, of the Syracuse Board of Public Affairs. The trio approached the commissioners regarding assistance to subsidize the improvement/repairs for the village’s drinking water well/pump. The commissioners informed the men that they would look into the matter and get back with them as soon as possible.

Minutes from last week were approved, along with county general bills totaling $11,243.07 and total bills costing $170,843.77.

The next meeting is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 11.

By Lindsay Kriz