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Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
June 13, 2015. It started off ok; Mom had finished a couple days of making salads and desserts for Abby's graduation party and was getting ready to come over when she started to feel dizzy. At first we thought it was the vertigo she had been dealing with for the past few months, but it continued to worsen until she was to the point she couldn't stand up without falling over. The ambulance came for her and she was taken to the hospital. The following days were a blur. It was then that we found out she had a hemorrhagic stroke and needed surgery. And it was then that we found out she had lesions. Lots of them. In her brain, her lungs, her kidney. One thing at a time was how she decided to proceed. Get past the stroke and it's effects and then move on to deal with the lesions. And that's what she did. She recovered from the stroke and brain surgery (remarkably well I might add - her neurosurgeon told her he could count the patients he has had on one finger who have recovered as well as her from a stroke of that severity), only to have to turn around to have another brain surgery several weeks later to remove the largest of the tumors. That was when it was confirmed. The kidney cancer that was first diagnosed and removed in 2001 had come back and had spread. She has spent the last year battling the cancer with radiation and immunotherapy, trying to keep it at bay and live her life. But a couple of weeks ago she said enough is enough. She is weak and she is tired. She wants to rest. She entered the Fairview Hospice Program and has been at home with their services since that time. She will stay at home in the loving care of her family until her final day when she is called home. How excited she will be to see her mom and dad again! She is comfortable, and maintains her sense of humor :) She asks about her friends and family often, and although she isn't up for any visits, I'm sure she would love to hear from you so please visit her guestbook and drop her a note! We will make sure to read her your every word. I will update this site as things change, but for now please keep her in your prayers.