Terri Schutte

First post: Apr 27, 2020 Latest post: Oct 6, 2020
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. I will do my best to keep everyone updated and informed of the progress that is being made in regards to Terri's journey.  Terri and her family deeply appreciate all the prayers, encouragement and support that is pouring in, literally from around the world.  She has touched so many lives with her generosity and love.  Now, it is our turn to give back to a woman who has so selflessly, always put others before herself.  To inform those that do not know the details at this point here is her story as of Thursday April 24th... 
I had been noticing something weird on one side of my right foot over the last few months.  Thinking some kind of podiatry issue or possibly neuropathy, I wasn't too concerned as we went about our regular lives.  I finally made an appointment for a routine checkup which took about 2 months to get scheduled.  This appointment was on Good Friday, by this time I was experiencing weakness in my foot and lower-leg.  I had blood-work done and it ruled out diabetes or whatever else they might be able to detect.  That led us to the neurologist.  By this time, Easter week, I had weakness up my right leg and progressing down my right arm.  Since I couldn't get into the neurologist until May 6th (after calling in favors) and worried about this quick progression. I asked my primary about going ahead with an MRI but our insurance woundn't pre-approve.  So, I went to the ER!  They did an MRI and found a mass on the left side of my brain.  They followed up with a CT scan of my chest and abdomen and those appear clear.  The plan was set to follow up with oncology as soon as possible to determine the next steps. I was sent home to process and pray!  Fast forward to today (April 27th)...This afternoon I met with the oncology team.  We were hopeful to learn some new information such as size and treatment plan. Unfortunatly not too much new news was offered.  We did learn that the mass is in the parietal lobe on the left side.  We still do not know what size or what type of mass it is.  I have been sent home again waiting to get into the neurosurgeon. Hoping that will happen rather quickly.  Most likely I will be seeing a surgeon in Oklahoma City, but if I can get into a surgeon in Tulsa sooner then that is the route we will go.  At this point it is all about the timing! 
 This is a lot of information to digest and if you know Terri, she is strong and just lets things happen as they will.  It has come as a shock to her and the family that shakes even the strongest of people.  Please gather with us at this time by sending prayers, good vibes, positive thoughts or whatever you do to invoke the "good feels".  Terri (my dear mother) is one of the most faith filled people that I know and if God is listening to anyone, it is her!  I beliive in the power of prayer, I believe in the power of positivity, I believe that laughter makes you feel better and can raise people from dark places.  These are all things that will help immensly at this time.  The unknown is the hardest part at the moment but in the days to come we will learn more and I will do my best to update as information comes avaliable. I know she has relationships with people all over the globe and hopefully this offers a way to bring everyone together and unite us in this journey.  Terri, you are certainly not going this alone! Thank you all and God Bless!  - Please feel free to post in the journal words of encouragement!

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