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Tori’s Story

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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

Great News!

Well Tori and I were back at OSU, The James yesterday for her ten month scans,  They are still clear and her remission continues!  Although she still deals with many side effects from the chemo, Tori is feeling good.  I have never seen anyone so excited to go to school and work.  Next scans will be in July.  I will post another update at the end of April when Tori celebrates her one year birthday (from her transplant),

Cancer sucks, but we ARE beating it!
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Lisa Lambert
By Lisa Lambert
This is wonderful news...Thank the Good Lord!
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sherry gibson
By Sherry Gibson
So happy for all of you!
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Joan Peltier
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Cari, wow, what a ride you have been on. Tori is such a wonderful woman with a crap hand dealt to her that she is playing like a champ. Would love for Ann and Tori to be able to get together this summer. Be good for my Ann for sure.
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Cathy Dancer
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Sooooooo excited for the awesome news!! Celebrate and enjoy!!!
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Kate Kelly
By The Kelly Family
What phenomenal news! Thanks be to God!
Our prayers always,
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Amanda Zoeller
By Amanda Zoeller
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news!!!
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Sue Valentine
By Aunt Suzie
Woohoo!!! What a reason to celebrate! ❤️ To you all!!
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