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Thank you very much for visiting Lisa Molgren’s CaringBridge Website. Lisa, Jason, and their families appreciate your support and encouragement. In order to keep everyone up-to-date on Lisa’s progress, and in an attempt to minimize added stress during this critical time, we ask that you please use this journal as your first method for checking in on her. We would like to encourage you to please write “well wishes” to Lisa, as she will be checking this site periodically, and the love and support she receives will undoubtedly drive her to fight that much harder. Also, the website co-authors will do their best to answer any questions that are posted, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
One month ago, Lisa called her mother-in-law to say she had gone in to see a doctor about an inflamed breast. Terrified of what it could be, she started crying. Less than a week later, Liz Mogren was on a plane to California after a mammogram confirmed the worst; Lisa had Inflammatory Breast Cancer. This is a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer which they had ever heard of. The two weeks following were a blur of phone calls, wrangling insurance, doctors’ appointments, biopsies, and shock. Lisa and Jason decided to go through the process of freezing embryos before starting chemo, which made the next 2 weeks some of the hardest of their lives as Lisa was on an aggressively accelerated hormone and IVF plan, which took a massive physical toll on her. An army of neighbors and friends came to administer her shots as Jason pretty much faints at the sight of a needle. Lisa endured 2 long weeks of debilitating pain to the point that she could hardly move and almost fainted one morning in the bathroom. Lisa’s drive to get through the process was not in vain, and the Doctors were able to retrieve 25 eggs, of which 10 would ultimately be fertilized and frozen as embryos, giving Jason and Lisa the opportunity to have children in the future. Lisa was finally feeling more like herself after the egg retrieval surgery, but the relief would not last through the night. Within an hour of their return home from the retrieval and subsequent PET scan, the Oncologist called to deliver the biggest blow yet; the cancer had spread. With the new images showing signs of the disease in her liver, spine, ribs, and lungs, they classified it as stage 4 and Lisa had no time to recover before the fight of a lifetime. The next day, Lisa had a “port” implanted in her chest and on Wednesday June 16th, the chemotherapy was administered through the new access point.
Please reach out and send Lisa your love, fighting spirit, and strength. If you are hoping to find ways that you can help support Jason and Lisa, please don’t hesitate to reach out, but we have provided several opportunities on this site that will be the most helpful to them as they face the road ahead. We will keep you updated here as much as possible, and Jason and Lisa thank you for your friendship, love, and support.