Charissa Sampson

Latest post: 3/26/2017
I'm moving the sign up information to the top so it is easier to find. Thank you for all the physical and spiritual support you continue to provide for us. Many people have asked about the link to assist with dinners. It is: ( . Some suggestions for meals: Fazolis (spaghetti with marinara and breadsticks), Papa John's (large 1/2 cheese 1/2 black olive pizza with 2 orders of cheese sticks), tacos made with ground turkey, chicken enchiladas, Kroger's chicken tenders with mashed potatoes, "Angry Bird" chicken with mashed potatoes, chili (not too spicy please), vegetable casseroles. Of course, if you have a special dish you like, I am sure we will, too. Thank you again for helping with meals; it does help us so much.

Hi! My name is Charissa Sampson. I am 48 years old, been married to James for 22 years, and have three daughters aged 18, 16, and 13. I was diagnosed with melanoma at the end of July 2013 after having a biopsy on a small mole on my left calf. I went through the standard surgery of having an area around the mole removed and a lymph node tested in August 2013. The lymph node had an area of cancer in it so I had a complete lymphadenectomy two weeks later. All of the nodes that were removed (28 in total) were all clear so at the time I was officially Stage 3a and NED (no evidence of disease). In January 2017, it was discovered that the disease had progressed to my pelvis and lungs. I am now at Stage 4 and beginning a new journey. Here is what I read the day before I had the scans. It is from a 14th century manuscript written by an unknown monk called "The Cloud of Unknowing": "And therefore for God s love, govern your body and soul, and get thee good health as much as thou mayest. And if sickness come against thy power, have patience and abide meekly God s mercy: and all is then good enough. For I tell thee truly, that ofttimes patience in sickness and in other diverse tribulations pleaseth God much more than any devotion that thou mayest have in thy health."

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