I’m Stacy Silva, Investor Relations Specialist at Hughes Private Capital.  I’ve met many of you over the years, and for those of you I haven’t spoken to yet, I hope I’ll get a chance to soon!  I recently returned to Hughes Capital after a several month absence, and I wanted to update you on what’s going on with me in case we haven’t spoken in a while.

Our investor relations admin, Katie Robinson, took this picture of me on my first day back at Hughes Capital.  My sign reads: “Stacy’s First Day of Re-Work.  I love: family, friends, tacos, laughter.  I want to be: a better person when I grow up.”

In August 2019, I ended up in the emergency room where the doctors discovered a tumor in my abdomen that was more than 7 inches in diameter.  They weren’t sure if it was part of an ovary or my uterus, and two days later, I had surgery to remove the tumor.  During this procedure, I also had 9 additional organs and some tissue removed.  As you can imagine, this was a pretty major operation.  I was then diagnosed with Stage III Endometrial Cancer.

I began treatment immediately, with a first round that lasted for 6 weeks.  This treatment included two rounds of chemo and radiation every morning, Monday through Friday.  I continued to work in the office from December to February while undergoing a 6-round course of chemo.  After the first 4 rounds of this particular treatment, the side effects were awful, and I took a leave of absence in February (and of course, as you all know, the coronavirus lockdown began in March).  At this time, I started another round of treatment, which was by far the toughest yet and included a stronger level of chemo.  This treatment lasted for 6 months, and I’ll admit that this time was very hard.  I lost the ability to work and make a living, as well as the take part in mundane everyday things we all do, such as drive a car, go to the grocery store, check the mail, and use stairs — among other tasks.

Now, at the 6 month point, I am able to return to work and am very excited to be back and have some normalcy in my life!  My doctors have told me that, for the next year or so, I’ll likely have fatigue from the treatment I underwent.  I am feeling pretty good these days, although certainly tired from the treatment.  The prognosis is a 50/50 change that my cancer will return within the next 3 to 5 years, which of course I hope doesn’t happen.  Reaching the 5 year mark cancer-free would be a huge milestone.  There have been some great advancements in the past year for Stage III cancer, and this makes me very hopeful.  Unfortunately, the invasiveness and type of my cancer puts me at a higher risk for the return of cancer that would likely be untreatable (such as brain, lungs, and bones cancer).  Let’s hope that developments in medical science continue to improve.

I wanted to share all of this with you because, when we meet, you may notice that I’m rockin’ a cool new hairdo.  (My team thinks this makes me look like a badass, like Charlize Theron in Mad Max.)  I also wanted to be transparent about what I’ve been going through.  Our team here at Hughes Capital is a family, and we treat our investors like family, too.  I am grateful to everyone who has reached out to me over the past few months.  No one knows what the future holds, but for now, I’m grateful to be back at Hughes Capital.