Lauren passed away May 12, 2020 after a very courageous battle with cancer.
Welcome to Lauren's CaringBridge page. We are using it to keep family and friends updated on the status of her progress as she battles cancer. Lauren and Ryan appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.
In early June of 2019, Lauren went to the doctor and received the difficult news that she has cancer. Tests revealed that it is a rare type called Undifferentiated Uterine Sarcoma. Thanks to Lauren's amazing colleagues and her connection to cancer advocacy and support through her work at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Lauren was able to get three opinions before determining the best course of treatment and the best facility to have surgery and the procedures that followed.
She is currently undergoing an aggressive series of chemotherapy treatments. So far she has been able to remain outpatient, going in for 12-hour infusions, 4 days in a row and then getting to go home to be with Ryan, her parents Jack and Ware, and her dogs. Due to the nature of this cancer, she will be continuing with a treatment plan of 4 days on and then 2 weeks off for at least the next few months. Her family and friends in LA, Minneapolis, Austin, Chicago, Denver, and beyond have traveled to spend time with her, sent care packages to build her spirits, built movie theaters in her backyard, and just been generally available to help with whatever Lauren and Ryan need.
It is no surprise that so many people have rushed to be by Lauren's side both physically and emotionally when you consider the absolute light of a human being that Lauren is. Those of us that are lucky enough to call her a friend or family member know that we hit the lottery when Lauren came into our lives. Ever the optimist, Lauren has made it her life's work to build others, bring positivity to any situation, and be thoughtful beyond measure. As she faces this harrowing ordeal, she remains the same - constantly smiling that beautiful smile, asking others how THEY are doing, and cracking jokes when things feel a bit intense. As all of us who love Lauren head into the next few months of supporting her, let's all ask ourselves what she would do if the situations were reversed and double down on the ways in which we show her how much she means to us all.
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