Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. I wanted to start this site as it would be easier than Facebook for some family and friends to stay in touch and updated. I never thought I would be here....but who does? We are happy to say that my cancer was caught early, although it is stage 2 because I do have cancer in one lymph node. I was diagnosed on February 22, 2017. I had several tests to determine if surgery or chemo should be first attack of treatment. Ultimately, a plan was put together by a great team at Avera Cancer Institute. I started AC chemo (4 treatments, one every two weeks) on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. I will then do 12 weekly treatments of taxol chemo. The plan is to then have surgery followed by 30+ daily treatments of daily radiation. Yes, most of my year will be battling cancer and taking care of myself. I know I can do this but I really didn't want to be doing this. It is just a dose of "God's plan" setting me straight again. I hope to keep you updated. It is hard to let people take care of me but I don't think I have a choice to get through this. I am already so tired but feeling ok with all the drugs they give me to fight the nausea. The experts know what to expect and so far they have helped tremendously. Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. The promise of a cure of this cancer and a new life provides hope to me and my family.