My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. I am a 43 year old mother of three (Princess Teagan is 5, Sir Wyatt is 3, and Baby Oliver turned 1 on August 14).

5 days after Oliver was born I was diagnosed with widespread breast cancer (lobular carcinoma). It is what they call "treatable but not curable".

Leah Siegel passed away on July 26, 2010.  This site is kept alive to keep her friends informed about Leah's family.



During my pregnancy I had no symptoms or indications that anything was wrong. The symptoms I did have, if any, fit more with pregnancy than 4th stage cancer.. Back pain and fatigue, nothing excruciating... When I went into labor with Oliver (who is fine and beautiful) the doctors took a routine blood sample which showed I had a very low platelet count (mine was 30,000... Normal range is 150,000 - 400,000). After he was born they did everything they could to raise this level. I had 8 platelet transfusions, 4 units of blood, and three plasma exchange sessions in about 5 days. My count dropped more and then stayed around 15,000. I meanwhile went through a battery of tests as doctors tried to figure out why my platelet count was so low; ultrasound, CT scans, MRI, bone marrow biopsy, and blood cultures. The CT scans and MRI showed multiple spots on my liver and bones. The bone marrow tests confirmed breast cancer that had spread.

My husband Eric has been great throughout all of this. The longer I was in the hospital the more responsibilities he had to take on. And he did so with grace and calmness. I would not have made it through that first week or two with out him.

I started chemo just 10 days after Oliver was born. My cancer is currently listed as "stable" and I am in a clinical trial.

I truly believe I will be someone who is "treated" for this disease until a cure is found. If not for me, then for my three kids and my husband.

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Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry, "Oliver".

This is Eric.  It's been a long time (six months!) since I updated.  I apologize.  Lots of busy-ness here.  Teagan is getting older, now 7.  In second grade.  Still ... Read more

Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry, "Oliver".

This is Eric.  It's been a long time (six months!) since I updated.  I apologize.  Lots of busy-ness here.  Teagan is getting older, now 7.  In second grade.  Still ... Read more

Leah Siegel posted a new journal entry, "One Year has passed".

One year ago today, Leah Siegel passed away in the early morning.  She didn't quite make it to two years after first having symptoms. In the year since then, we have had ... Read more

Leah Siegel posted a new journal entry.

It's been a while.  A lot has happened!   Teagan is no longer a first grader!  She will be/is a second grader.  She had a fever on her graduation ceremony day, so we ... Read more

Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry, "Field Day".

Teagan had Field Day last Friday.  They have events that they apparently trained for.  I was a little surprised, but I shouldn't be, in retrospect -- Teagan won First ... Read more

Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry, "Mother's Day".

So...  It's Mother's Day.  My kids don't have their mother.  Sad.The kids have done very well.  Teagan is a little sad.  Not normally, but if I talk to her and ... Read more

Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry.

Golly.  It's been forever.  Tempus fugit.  I have been remiss in not keeping everyone up to date on goings-on.  I often look at a calendar and I'm surprised at the ... Read more

Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry.

Well, it's been forever.  I am afraid to look at the date of the last post.  I already feel bad about taking so long to update.  I keep telling myself I will get better ... Read more

Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry.

Goodness!  It's been about a month since I posted.  Sorry!October has been a pretty busy month.  Apparently a lot of Christmas fun results in a lot of October ... Read more

Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry.

Links for Leah was a golf tournament fundraiser that was put on by many of the employees of ESPN as a personal tribute to Leah's legacy.  Many people spent lots of ... Read more

Eric Loehr posted a new journal entry.

Thank you to everyone who helped, attended, attended in spirit, or even just thought about the 9/11 event for Leah.  It went very well.  I think we had close to 200 ... Read more

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