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1/30/2017 Latest post:
April 1, 2002, Sherry was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sherry underwent a double mastectomy, at which time they found an additional tumor against her chest wall. Sherry had chemotherapy and radiation. Once she was done with chemo and radiation, she underwent the reconstruction process. Fast forward (almost) fifteen years, 5 more granddaughters, another son-in-law, and daughter-in-law, lots of love and memories... and sadly, we are starting the journey again.
In the fall of 2016, Sherry started having a hard time eating certain foods. She struggled swallowing, and was not able to keep food down regularly. Sherry went to her family doctor, followed with a procedure to stretch her esophagus 3 weeks ago. The procedure wasn't effective, so she was sent for a CT scan on 1/19. The CT Scan showed that there were tumors present, in multiple areas of her body.
Sherry consulted with 2 oncologists on 1/20, and they told her that they were 95% sure that her breast cancer had metastasized, but she would need a tissue biopsy and PET Scan to confirm. On 1/27, Sherry met with an oncologist to go over all of the results, and create a plan. The tissue biopsy confirmed that the breast cancer had returned, after being dormant for so long. The PET scan confirmed that the cancer is showing up in the lining of both lungs, the diaphragm, the spine, as well as other bones in her body.
We have started this site, in an effort to continue to update those that care about Sherry, as well as her family, as timely as possible... without having to remember who we updated, etc. We are very grateful for all the prayers, calls, texts, offers of help etc.
Please continue to pray for Sherry, and her family! With God by our side, we will walk together on this journey. If it is His will, we are praying for the breast cancer to be controlled, as we know that Stage IV breast cancer (cancer that has spread to other areas of the body) cannot be cured, but can be treatable.
Dr. Swanson went over a number of positives: it is beneficial that there has been a long interval between reoccurrence, Sherry's overall health, age, and that the cancer isn't in her organs or brain. He has indicated that he didn't have any reason to believe the cancer wouldn't respond to treatment, as it had before, for so long. We are staying positive, and assuming the cancer will respond.
Please note: This website is being updated by Casey, Sherry's daughter.