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Sep 3, 2018 Latest post:
Sep 7, 2018
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.
Sherri's journey began near the end of June of this year. She has a lesion inside her upper lip that was troubling to her dentist. You see, she was in the process of getting all her teeth removed so she could be fitted with dentures. The dentist sent her to an oral surgeon to alter her mouth surgically to accept wearing dentures and to look at the lesion in her mouth. However, there were complications with Sherri's medical assistance insurance covering an oral surgeon. Because this lesion had turned into a very swollen lip, the family decided to go through her GP doc to treat her lip issue. Getting her to the proper Medical people took a week or so, but the lesion grew almost before our eyes. By the time it was diagnosed as stage 4 cancer it had grown to an alarming size. Moving as fast as possible, she has had her 1st chemo treatment. The doctor would like to do surgery soon, but wants to see if the chemo will shrink the tumor, with the hope that maybe less of her face will be effected.
As it stands now, when they surgically remove the cancer she will need extensive reconstructive surgery. The cancer has invaded her lip, her cheek and one tumor has closed off her nostril. She also has lumps in both her lymph nodes on the sides of her neck. One is protruding out of her neck quite far and she is unable to lay on that side when sleeping. They will need to rebuild her nose (3 surgeries) her lip (will have her lip replaced with her own skin, but will not have muscle anymore) and her cheek. Check out the gallery pics there is one there that shows the progression and severity of what she is dealing with.
Along with the chemo treatments we are flooding her with nutritional shakes, in hopes that the 2 approaches will cause the cancer to cease growing and maybe even shrink.
Sherri is doing remarkably well. Her attitude is good and she rarely complains. I posted the flag on this site because Sherri loves anything 4th of July, since she was born on the 7th of July. The picture of her laughing was on her birthday in 2017. Sherri is such a cheerful, happy person. She loves to walk to Excelsior and eat lunch and visit with friends. Our hope is that she will be able to return to her routine someday.
Please pray for her! Pray for healing. Pray for wisdom for us (Audrey, Lauri, Brad and Lisa) and for the doctors. Pray for Sherri and for our family that God will comfort us as we go through this scary journey.