Apr 26, 2018 Latest post:
May 16, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Carol and her family were recently shocked by her unexpected diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately by the time it was diagnosed it had spread to numerous locations making the disease more difficult to treat. She started her chemotherapy on Monday, April 23rd, and is expected to start radiation therapy in the near future. Despite this difficult news and the treatment ahead, she has managed to remain stronger and more positive than anyone could expect and continues to be the rock her family and friends need for support. She is ready to face the cancer head on and is excited to feel better and even stronger soon so she can spend time with all her amazing family and friends.
At the beginning of February Carol started feeling discomfort in her abdomen. An ultrasound at that time didn't reveal an obvious source of that discomfort and she started to modify her diet to try and alleviate the signs. Shorty after, her husband Richard began showing signs of an unexplained neurologic condition making it difficult for him to keep his balance. As he underwent rigorous testing to try and explain the symptoms he was experiencing, Carol's discomfort continued. Blood work in March showed no change since her symptoms had started and she continued to help Richard as a diagnosis alluded his doctors. Finally, in early April she knew something wasn't right and she had a CT scan which revealed tumors in her pancreas, liver, and lungs. A PET scan the same week revealed lesions in her C1 vertebrae and her left shoulder blade. She met with her amazing oncologist to discuss her diagnosis and treatment options on April 17th, and the outpouring of love, prayers, and positive thoughts have been more than anyone could ask for.
Carol is the epitome of what an amazing mother, wife, sister, aunt, friend, and educator can be. She has become a foundation of Cougar Run Elementary during her 22 years there as an educational assistant. Countless children have benefited from her caring, patient, and tireless dedication to ensuring every child gets the attention and resources they need to succeed. No one has benefited more than her two sons, Christopher and Kevin, who love her dearly and are thankful for everyday they get to call her their mother (although as you may be able to tell while reading this, grammar may not have stuck). Both of them continue to rely on her for motherly guidance whether its solicited or not ;). She is surrounded by more friends and family than needed and has more help and support than she needs (although there is no such thing as too much).
At the moment Carol is still strong and positive and all she needs are positive thoughts and good vibes. Richard continues to undergo testing to try and identify the cause of his symptoms but has kept his great sense of humor and stubborn mentality :). And fear not, Juno is still a perfect angel and is at home looking after both of them. Our family is optimistic that her chemotherapy will soon provide her with much needed relief. As more help is needed we will update this site with ways all our amazing friends and family can contribute, but don't hesitate to reach out with a text, a letter, or a well delivered joke. Thank you in advance for all your thoughts and prayers.
The Frame Family
P.S. If anyone has any pictures of Carol and Richard they would like to share please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them with a comment! Embarrassing pictures from any time period are strongly encouraged :).