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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!

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Tori is about 13 months in remission now and doing fantastic! She looks good and feels good. She is not sure she remembers what "normal" is but I would say she is there! :). Since Tori still has a high chance of her cancer coming back, she will continue her maintenance chemo until the end of this year. Luckily the chemo does not affect the way she feels. They pushed her next scans off until November.

Tori has been asked to be an Honored Hero this year at the Light The Night Walk to support LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). This will be her third walk and what an honor to be one of the Honored Heros. She was asked to speak and tell her story at one of their events recently and she was amazing! The walk is September 1 this year if anyone wants to join Team Tori and walk with us. More details to come.

Pelotonia is a large bike ride to raise money for The James Cancer Center (where Tori is/was treated). Last year I rode 25 miles in support of Tori and will again this year on Aug 8. Tori was too sick to ride with me last year but she came to Columbus with us and was a virtual rider. She was planning to ride the 25 miles with me this year, but managed to dislocate her shoulder (yes, always something with Tori!)....twice and will now be having her second shoulder surgery on July 29. She did this about 3 years ago as well and had surgery then too. Tori is doing well with it but hates the fact that she will have to take off more work after the surgery (6 weeks) and not be able to do anything too physical for six months. In the scheme of things...it is just another roadblock that she will skip right over. She was very disappointed to not be able to ride this year. Next year Tori!

Tori was granted a wish through Wishes Can Happen and she chose to take a cruise with the family. So the six of us enjoyed a nice relaxing vacation a couple weeks ago. The weather was beautiful as were the ports we stopped at. The perfect vacation at the perfect time for our family. What a great organization! The picture is from our vacation...look at Tori's hair!

Thanks for your continued support and prayers!

Cancer sucks, but we ARE beating it!
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sherry gibson
By Sherry Gibson
All great news! So happy for Tori, you and your family! Tori looks beautiful! What an amazing young lady! She is a tribute to her mother! Sending hugs and prayers for continued health and happiness for all of you!!!!