My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep our friends and family updated about Teresa.

My Story is the introduction to our CaringBridge site.

Be sure to read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook.



I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28 on March 15, 1996, a day I have celebrated annually as "Life Day". I was in the highly curable percent of patients. I got a lumpectomy and radiation and escaped the ugly cancer treatments including chemotherapy.
In November 1997, I was suffering from a ton of back pain, that turned out to be bone metastasis. I had several months of Taxotere and then went into the hospital for a planned procedure called stem cell rescue with high dose chemotherapy. It is not standard of care for my cancer any longer, but at the time was the most aggressive I could be, and so we chose it. I enjoyed more than 5 lovely years of remission. I never thought it would end.

The story for me gets fuzzy after that. Bone metastasis continued to new areas of the spine, and several radiation treatments for the last 3 years have been completed to different parts of my skeleton, now totaling 5. Hormonal therapy with pills changed over to chemotherapy with pills, xeloda which kept me quiet for nearly two years. This brings me to my most recent encounter with intravenous chemotherapy. I have new metastasis to the liver since November 2006, and my bone pain had worsened to a point of prohibiting walking. I am now getting intravenous taxol this was given weekly for about 12 weeks and the response was very good as the liver tumors actually got smaller. I have had another improving scan since then, and am now on an every other week schedule of the taxol. The decrease has improved my day to day functioning by elimnating some of the chemo side effects. I have plans to return to my job as an APN in a part time position starting in July 2007.

Back home and off work again with complications of liver disease including ascites (fluid in the belly) and lymphedema to right leg. I am having malnutrition problems and nausea off and on. Chemo treatments continue and cancer is under control for now. Taxol has been changed to Gemzar that I get every other week.

Feed

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!!The Walk/Race starts at 8:30am. I will be there an hour before to help coordinate and organize. See you there!Grant Park - Hutchinson Field in front of ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!!The Walk/Race starts at 8:30am. I will be there an hour before to help coordinate and organize. See you there!Grant Park - Hutchinson Field in front of ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

The 2008 Susan G. Komen Chicago Race for the Cure is this Saturday, September 27 at 9:00am. If you'd like to join us, you can register and pick up your race packet at the ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

Please join us for the 2008 Chicago Race for the Cure! As most of you know, this is a annual event that Teresa was very committed to. I'll be joining Teresa's family and ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

Hello, it's been 2 months since Teresa's wake and I wanted to share this reflection from that evening written from a colleague of Teresa's, Dr. Westby G. Fisher. Taken Too ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

Hi Everyone! May 3rd is Teresa's birthday! I posted some fun pictures from Teresa's 40th birthday party last year. I recall a comment Teresa made to me a few months ago ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

Good Evening, Teresa’s family is celebrating a Mass on Sunday, May 4th, 2008 at 8:30am where we will remember Teresa Mueller who died on March 8th, 2008. The Mass will ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

Two years ago today I asked Teresa to marry me! As much as this hurts to reminisce, I can't let this day go by without recalling what a wonderful day this was for us. I've ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250Dallas, TX 75244orCaringBridge1995 Rahn Cliff Ct., Suite 200Eagan, MN ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

Good Evening, Visitation Tuesday 4:00pm until 9:00pm at Donnellan Family Funeral Home10045 Skokie, Blvd. at Old Orchard Road. Skokie, ILVisitation Wednesday 9:00am until ... Read more

Scott Kovacic posted a new journal entry.

Good Morning to everyone. Teresa is at peace. She died this morning at 6:00 with Scott by her side. She left our lives as she lived hers, with grace and dignity, ... Read more

Show more recent activity