UPDATE: Thanks to an incredible team at Huntsman, the many heartfelt prayers, and Caroline's upbeat, positive nature . . . exactly one year after her initial diagnosis, Caroline's body shows absolutely no active signs of cancer!! It's truly been a miracle and we can't thank you enough for your support and love. I'm keeping her "story" here on this webpage, so we can remember the reality of cancer and the miracle that prevailed for our daughter.
As many of you know, our sweet Caroline has been diagnosed with a very rare, fast growing cancer that began in the cervix and has spread into the lymph nodes in her abdomen/pelvic area, as well as a bone in that same area. On July 25th, we received the results of an initial cervical biopsy, and although fearful, we were feeling confident that this early stage cancer could easily be treated and she would finish her last semester at USU in Logan, with a minor surgery and possibly chemotherapy. However, a PET/CT scan was needed to determine if the mass was localized, and rule out the very rare prospect that it could have spread. "Shocking" is the only word that comes close to describing the range of emotions we experienced when hearing the results of her scan (August 13th), which indicated that the cancer was metastatic. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, faith, support and encouragement from so many of our friends, family, and even strangers.
Caroline is now living with us and finished her degree online while undergoing treatments at The Huntsman Cancer Institute. She is blessed with a compassionate, knowledgeable and wise team of doctors, residents and nurses who are over her care. We recognize the Lord's tender mercies each day and Caroline is embracing the love, prayers and HUGS of so many who adore her. In October she finished the first six week cycle of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as three internal radiation/brachytherapy treatments, and because she responded so well to the first round of aggressive treatments she was able to enjoy the holiday season without chemotherapy. Furthermore, thanks to a miracle scan in January she received another gift of three months off treatments. Her next scan is April 22, 2020 and we are hoping for another blessing of a clean scan.
We are using this website to keep family and friends updated and will post often. We know Caroline's positivity, her good health, young age, faith, strength and determination will help see her through this difficult process. Please join the ARMY of dear ones who are praying for our Caroline!