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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

It was a Good December

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Tori is doing great. We celebrated her last maintenance chemo on December 10 after 958 days! Then the following Tuesday, she had scans down at OSU and they were clear! She is 18 months in remission! The following Friday, Tori had her port removed after almost three years! She is really feeling good, her strength is getting back to normal and she is living life again! Full time at BGSU, still working at Shawn's and she still finds time to work out on a daily basis.


We have her next scans scheduled in June. If those are good, her chances of the cancer coming back drop from 60% to 30% :). Still too high for me, but much better.


Thanks again for all of the prayers and support over three past three years, We couldn't have made it through without you!


Cancer sucks but we are so totally beating it! :)