Anne Phillips We Love Anne

First post: Aug 5, 2022 Latest post: Sep 3, 2022
This should be titled "Anne's Cancer Story" because as you know, Anne never let cancer define her or dominate our life any more than necessary. 

In May of 2015 while preparing our two small kids for school, Anne had a seizure and fell to the floor.  The ensuing trip to the hospital revealed that Anne had a large brain tumor and about a dozen smaller tumors.   Further testing showed that it was stage IV non-small cell lung cancer that led to the brain metastases.  She never smoked, and until the seizure, didn't have a single sign that she had cancer.  What followed was brain surgery to remove the large tumor, a long stay in the ICU, and stereotactic radiation to destroy the smaller tumors.  Then came seven years filled with countless CT, MRI, and PET scans, many more tumors, different chemo drugs, numerous rounds of targeted radiation, IV chemotherapy, and a shunt to reduce the pressure in her brain.  

Despite all that, the last seven years were filled with fun and family and friends.   The rest of her cancer story will be in the journal entries on this site.