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Tori’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

We are so blessed.Welcome to Tori's journey. It all began around March 10, 2013. Tori started in with a bad cough, congestion and feeling very tired. We went to the doctors and he said she had some sinus issues and put her an on antibiotic. She felt a little better on some days, but then got worse. Her days were full of wanting to do nothing but lay around, her cough got worse and her chest began to hurt. She lost her appetite and began losing some weight. She kept the positive attitude, continued to work and manage her school load, but struggled. We took her back to the doctors, who put her on a stronger antibiotic and told us to get a chest X-Ray if it wasn't better by Monday.Her chest got better at first, but then got bad again. She began having shortness of breath, lost a few more pounds, her back began to hurt (we assumed it was from coughing so much), she was still very tired. Some days she felt pretty good and other days it was difficult to breathe. She began experiencing extreme night sweats and some numbness and discoloration in her left arm when she was actively using it.We had a chest X-ray done which showed some fluid in her left lung. So back to the doctors we went. The doctor noticed a large swelling around the left side of her neck, almost looking like a football players neck. The doctor then told us that the chest X-ray also showed a large thickening down the middle of the chest. He said that these were all sign of lymphoma - which is a form of blood cancer...and thus it all began!

Latest Journal Update

Feeling Better

Tori's tonsillectomy surgery was last Thursday.  Her first couple days were rough but manageable.  Then next four days just went down hill from there.  The pain got worse and made it difficult to eat or even swallow.  Then she made a big turn around this Thursday and is feeling so much better.  She even came to the Maumee football game with us last night to watch her cousin Zak play (see picture).  

Her doctor called her earlier this week to let her know that the labs came back and she did not have cancer in her tonsil area.  So that is great news - we weren't overly concerned about this since the rest of the scan was clear, I would have been surprised if it were cancer.

So now what?  Tori is in remission, she is not going through any clinical trials, no more surgeries on the horizon...dare I say she could start doing what she's been trying to do for the past 18 months...living like a normal 20 year old?  Tori's life will never again be normal.  Good and bad, cancer has changed her life!  Even if her cancer never comes back, we know that she will continue to struggle with the side effects - long term and short term (some of which we are already dealing with) for the rest of her life.  But Tori has become a different person.  She was forced to mature a bit earlier than most, endure more before her 21st birthday than most of us do in a lifetime and she has become an amazing, determined and strong young lady.  Her faith in God has been strengthened and her appreciation for life has a whole new meaning.  We have said all along that we know God has a plan for her.  We may not understand that plan today, but we know it is big. I couldn't be more proud of the way Tori has dealt with this ugly disease.

We can't thank all of our CaringBridge friends enough for your continued love, prayers and support.  You have all played a large part of helping our entire family get through this.

Cancer sucks, but we ARE beating it!