Thank you for visiting our CaringBridge website. We are using it to consolidate the support for our Mia, and to keep our family and friends updated. Please see Mia's story.
My mother, Sharon, better known as "Mia" is battling Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Mia is a retired teacher, an amazing wife and mother, and the best grandma "Mia" we could ever ask for. Her first grandchild, Carly, whom Mia watched until kindergarten, called her Mia, which was short for grandma. The name stuck and Mia has become one of the most positive driving forces of love, kindness, and unselfishness for all of her grandchildren, her entire family, and to all of her friends. If you know my mom, you know exactly what I am talking about. On January 29, 2017, our family's life changed! Our Mia was incoherent and sick with a high fever, headache, and pain. After a few days in the hospital, multiple tests, and antibiotics, she became well enough to go home. We were expecting our Mia (Real life- Energizer Bunny) to bounce back and hit the ground running to all of her grandkids' events. Unfortunately, this did not happen as Mia saw multiple doctors and has been through multiple hospital visits (Feb. 25th-26th & Feb. 27th-March 3rd). Mia has been poked and stuck over the last month way too many times to count. All of the medical tests and experiences (we are very grateful for all the amazing medical staff that have helped Mia so far) led to her diagnosis today (March 6th) of Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. We are set for a visit to learn more information on Wednesday, March 8th at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. We will be finalizing her treatment plan in the near future (chemotherapy, exercise, nutrition, drinking lots of water, and staying connected to family and friends).
My dad, Rich (also an Energizer Bunny), has been amazing and is leading this family by faith, love, and discipline through this challenging journey. The Gordons (Rich, Matt, Jodi, Alli, Tyler, & Katie) and the Fishers (Chuck, Shelly, Carly, Chase, Camry, & Colt) have all come together stronger with one goal-one mission, which is to support our Mia. We are so grateful for all of Mia's friends as she has received so many supportive calls, texts, cards, and e-mails. The love and prayers everyone has provided thus far have been very uplifting to her and to all of us. Mia wants to respond to everyone, but sometimes it is not possible due to how she is feeling. Please use this website to post your love, support, and prayers for Mia. We appreciate every kind, supportive, and prayerful message, greatly. This cancer stinks; however, Mia has the strength and courage like no other. When Mia is given an obstacle, simply, watch out, because she will overcome it! As an example, Mia was told as a high school student that she could never go to college. Mia did not take no for answer. She paid her own way through college (every last dime), and worked incredibly hard to graduate with honors and then on to a master's degree. Although Mia is small in stature and very little, she is brave, strong, and a fighter! All of your support only fuels her passion for life. Thank you for joining the fight and the team. We are all #Miastrong!