Sep 17, 2012 Latest post:
Oct 30, 2016
Welcome to Cj's CaringBridge site.
We've created it to keep friends and family updated.
We appreciate your love and support as we all travel this Journey together.
Your words of hope and encouragement are encouraged as they become the energy for the soul.
Cheryl, Tom, Kevin & Betzi
A sore muscle, ache, a muscle spasm. Those were the signs, the indicators and symptoms. Nothing in your normal thought process would make you consider cancer, ever.
A trip to the doctor, a referal to a surgeon, and a MRI....KAPOW! life changes.
After a MRI confirmed the sarcoma, we were refered to a team of soft tissue sarcoma specialists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Several trips to see the team at Mayo and, and several biopsies - Cj played stump the panel on what type of cancer it was
A month into this journey we learned that it had a name, Synovial sarcoma. It has become the monster that needs to be stricken
You will never forget the day you hear the word cancer, as a diagnosis, your own. Hard to say what emotions travel through your mind and body, fear, anger, frustration....and hundreds more. but you must stand up and go learn and figure out a plan to fight and win.
A close friend of ours Alan, who faces his own challenges stopped and told us...to many people start worrying about the details of whatr next. Alan said "start making plans for living." How simple! thanks Alan.
Making plans for living - thats what we are doing.
We are fortunate to have 2 tremendous medical teams working with us. Dr's Okuno, and Robinson at Mayo and their entire team and Dr Maserchek at Sanford and his entire team. has put in place an aggressive chemo therapy treatment. The Chemo treatment is a aggressive and long process over 2 or 3 days, as the "cocktail" is served continually during that time, which means Cj is admitted to the hospital.
DRINK DRINK DRINK doc said....as he spoke to Cj not me! it is important to drink and stay hydrated.
Thought she was drinking well, but not enough....Week #1 Thursday back in to get fluids...Friday back in to get fluids....Saturday back in to get fluids
Cj's 30th class reunion was Friday the 14th and Doc said she had enough fluid to go and party like a rock star. A great night was had with Cheryl visiting with many of her old classmates. A three hour trip and she did great
Saturday/date night - knowing chemo was going to provide a new hairdew, Cj met with her stylist and got a new dew! followed by dinner at the country club a hour visiting with friends at the Shrine. Another great night.
Sunday the 16th Cj had a fever, off to the clinic, blood work was done - she was sent straight to the hospital - DO NOT PASS GO - DO NOT COLLECT $200. the white counts and others that fight infection hit rock bottom - ZERO - leave it to Cj to be an overachiever!
Back to the hospital and that is where we are today -