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Anne’s 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!

Latest Journal Update


Hello Notch Friends and Family!

This is a Get Your Rear in Gear update from Lindsey, Mike, Mark and Jenni.

T-shirt orders are due April 1.

Please order online at:

Any proceeds raised from selling t-shirts will be donated to the Colon Cancer Coalition.

It's not too late to join our teams at the Get Your Rear in Gear events in the Twin Cities and Chicago!

You can choose between April 19 in the Twin Cities and April 25 in Chicago.

So far, we have 75 team members signed up for the Twin Cities race... but we'd love to hit 100. If you haven't signed up yet, please do! And bring a friend! The kid's fun run (right before the 5K run/walk) is being run in honor of Anne and should be a really fun event for children.

Join the Twin Cities team:

Join the Chicago team:

To join either team, click on the appropriate link. Then click "Team Member Registration" and select "Notch Your Average Cancer Fighters" from the drop-down menu on the next screen.

We can't wait to celebrate Anne's life on April 19 and 25. We can't guarantee it will be warm, but it will be fun! Please join us in spreading our message of hope!

Contact Lindsey with questions:

Thanks all,

Lindsey, Mike, Mark and Jenni