Thank you for visiting Mary Jo Dresen's CaringBridge site. Our family will use this site to keep you informed and up-to-date in regards to her condition and treatment plan progress. We appreciate your support, words of hope, and encouragement.
Our dear mom was recently diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer after having not felt well since returning from a special mother/daughter trip to Texas with Maggie, Emily, and Kristen back in July. It has been an exhausting diagnostic journey over the last 6 weeks as she has undergone multiple tests, procedures, and weekly blood draws. Despite not feeling well and missing the pep-in-her-step, Mom has remained full of grace and determination and has comforted all, who, like us, have found this news so hard to accept. In the coming week we will be having our first meetings with the Oncology team at the UW Carbone Cancer Center to learn more specifics around her diagnosis and treatment plan options.
We would like to thank those of you who have already helped in providing support, comfort, and laughter to our parents, Jo and Jim. Dad has been a wonderful caregiver every step along the way. On October 5, Mom and Dad will celebrate 44 years of marriage. They are a shining example of love and strength and will continue to use that abundant fuel to propel our family in the days ahead.
Mom is spending her time resting and trying to build up her strength for the journey ahead, and although she isn't quite up for visits or long calls at the moment, we know she would very much enjoy your cards, notes, messages, and prayers. Words cannot express how grateful we are and how much your concern and support mean to all of us and our mom. She dearly loves her family and friends. She has a strong faith and is going to be a feisty fighter (that's the Irish in her). She thanks you and deeply appreciates your care for her, her family, and each other.
Dresen home address: 1924 Tarragon Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53716