My Story

I am a mother of three beautiful children; Natalie (5), Sam (3), and Christopher (1). I am a wife to Jon. We have celebrated eight wonderful years of marriage this past summer. I was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer last fall and have been fighting hard for my family since.On Friday, I saw an internal medicine doctor because I was having severe shoulder/arm pain for the last week. I thought these pains were muscle related. After a thorough examination, my doctor believed that the pain I was having was "referred" pain, meaning it was coming from another area of my body. I was sent to the ER at Abbott Northwestern to have a few tests that would hopefully rule out a blood clot or trouble with my gall bladder. Many tests were performed. Both the blood clot and gall bladder issues were ruled out. However, an ultrasound of my liver showed some lesions/growths on my liver. A CT scan was then done to confirm that there were, in fact, spots on my liver and in my lungs. I was admitted to the hospital. On Saturday morning, a biopsy was performed on my liver. The preliminary results confirm that the tissues/cells that were extracted from my liver are cancerous. They don't think that I have liver cancer, but that what they found is something that has spread from elsewhere.

The next step....

We are waiting. On Monday or Tuesday of this week, we will be meeting with an oncologist. The tissue samples are still being processed and should provide more answers. Once we know what kind of cancer we are fighting, they will be able to offer some treatment possibilites. Almost positively, they will need to deliver the baby early. It could be as early as next week. On Thursday, the baby will be 32 weeks--which is, according to my doctors, the "magic" number of weeks for taking the baby early. The baby has done well throughout the pregnancy and they think he/she will do okay. I will write more once we know more. Please pray for us!

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Heather Thomson signed Anne's Guestbook.

I am thinking about Anne a lot this week, remembering her warm smile and big heart, and how much she is missed. Read more

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Jon, Natalie, Sam and Christopher We continue to keep you all in our prayers especially as you approach the 1st anniversary of Anne's passing.  We think of Anne often ... Read more

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Know that I still think often of you all. I can't tell you how many times that I have seen someone that reminds me of Anne, whether in looks, or laugh or a smile. She was ... Read more

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Dear Jon and kids. Please know that I have not forgotten you nor ceased to pray for you. I continue to think of you and of Anne.  Her wonderful legacy lives on. God be ... Read more

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it has been a year and i'm still thinking of and inspired by anne despite never having met her.  i truly cannot belive that one year has passed without anne.  i feel ... Read more

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Just wanted you all to know there are still people thinking and praying for you.  I was looking at Christmas lights thinking of Anne's post last year. I think I will ... Read more

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I was jogging around Lake Como yesterday morning and a bald eagle flew above me for quite a long time (considering it was a bald eagle in the middle of the city.) It made ... Read more

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Dear Notch family, I want you to know I think of you often and pray for your family.  We wish you peace. Bruce and Kathleen Homa Read more

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Dear Anne, Jon, kids and family, I am think about you often with the run this weekend.  You give me strength and I am grateful for that.  I miss your smiling face and ... Read more

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Jon, kids, Karen, Jean and all of Anne's dear family-- Thinking of you all a lot tonight.  I'm really looking forward to the walk in about a week!  Lindsey & crew ... Read more

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