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Nov 17, 2020
It is with deep sorrow, but also audacious hope, that I welcome you to Aunt Gail's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of encouragement. Thank you so much for visiting.
My name is Jesika and it is an honor to be here to share Aunt Gail's story. I am her niece, but many of you who read this will know her as your sister, your neighbor, your co-worker, your friend. I will always refer to her here as "Aunt Gail" because that's what she is. And not just to her nieces and nephews. She has been "Aunt Gail" for so long to so many. That's just who she is- so quick to take people in as her own. She is an "Aunt Gail" to lots of folks, so it just feels fitting to call her that here.
After many tests and doctor's appointments, Aunt Gail was diagnosed with large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. The ribbon color for this type of cancer is zebra print. Here’s why: They say that in medical school, students are taught, "When you hear hooves, think horses not zebras." Meaning, when someone comes in with symptoms, look for the most common cause of those symptoms because that's most likely the issue. That's why this disease can be tough to diagnose. Neuroendocrine tumors make up just 2% of all nationally treated cancers. It's the zebra.
The good news is, my Aunt Gail has never backed down from a challenge. She's got a strong will, a family who loves and supports her, and a God who is working all things together for good. We know that, whatever the outcome, we can find comfort in the truth that the Lord is in control and will be sufficient for Aunt Gail. If you've taken the time to read this, no doubt it's because you are in her corner, too. We appreciate that. Here is some information to help you navigate this page better. The "Journal" tab will be where medical updates are located. The "Gallery" will have pictures of Aunt Gail's journey at her discretion. The "Ways to Help" tab is where we will update any tangible needs that may arise. The "Tributes" page is for making donations directly to CaringBridge. That money goes directly towards the organization that allows us to operate this page. Those donations will not go to Aunt Gail. If at any point a monetary need arises, we will set up a GoFundMe instead. The "Well Wishes" page is a spot for you to leave Aunt Gail your thoughts and prayers. You can also subscribe to this page to receive updates via email. Thanks again for stopping by!