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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

It's Been Awhile!

Wow, it has been over three months since I have updated CaringBridge, but that just means that things are going well. :)

Tori's shoulder surgery went well, but she had done some major damage.  She needs to keep her arm down pay her side for six months but seems to be managing well with it.

Tori is doing fantastic.  She is feeling wonderful (her new normal anyway).  She is taking a full schedule of classes at BGSU and has managed to stay on the Honor Role and Deans list most of these past couple of years!  She has been back to work at Shawn's a couple days a week. She tries to eat healthy and work out as much as possible, although she is still limited with her shoulder.

Tori has been on a maintenance chemo since January.  It is more of a targeted chemo so it doesn't effect her too much, but these last couple of treatments have made her very tired.  Well December will be her last chemo treatment and the doctor said that we can schedule her surgery to get her port out!  This is great news for Tori...not that her port bothers her, but it is just one more step in the process of saying goodbye to cancer!

Her next scans are on December 15, so continued prayers as always.

Last Sunday we walked (for the third year) in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk.  This year Tori was asked to be one of the two Honored Heros.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support Team Tori!  It was a great event and an awesome organization.  
Tori continues to remain positive, happy and is enjoying life.

Cancer sucks, but we are beating it!