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. Several weeks ago Tara went to the dr. with pain in her back and neck which continued to get worse. The doctor ordered and MRI and sent her home with some pain meds and was going to order a CT scan of the neck for the following week. The pain continued to worsen where it was almost unbearable for her to even get out of the bed. Shortly after the doctor appointment Tara woke up with her pain worsening and trouble breathing so she went in the ER to be checked. They ruled out anything to do with her heart and ran more tests along with the CT scan of her neck. We were told she had a compression fracture in her neck at the C6 which was causing all the pain. They sent the tests results over to St Mary's hospital for a specialist to review the scan. At that time Tara went home with a collar for her neck before the rest of the test results were in. Shortly after she got home we received a call that the fracture was not caused by trauma but was probably due to cancer. He confirmed the C6 was non-existent and this was a grave situation as the wrong move could paralyze her. Tara went back the next day to the ER at St Mary's and was admitted after tests confirmed the cancer in her neck and would have to do emergency surgery the next day to stabilize the neck . They fused the C5 to the C7 to help stabilize the neck and get rid of her pain. They were also able to remove the cancerous tissue in the neck to biopsy to find out the primary source of her cancer which at this time they don't know where it started. At this point what we do know is that she has cancer that might have started either in the lungs, colon or breast and then metastasized to her neck as well as tumors on her spine , ribs and pelvis. Tara went home today to let her neck heal while we wait for the tests results which we are hoping will be in the next week or so at which time we will go with Tara to see the oncologist to find out what type of cancer it is and what the treatment options are. Please understand that at this time Tara needs to rest and to let her neck heal and keep her pain under control so it's hard for her to be responding to calls and messages at this time so we thought this would be the easiest way to keep everyone up to date on her care. Please keep Tara and her boys in your prayers as these next several months are going to be tough!