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11/10/2016 Latest post:
The beginning of September 2016, TJ thought she was getting a sore throat and eventually felt what appeared to be a lump on the back of her throat. A visit to her general practitioner and ENT determined there was indeed a small polyp, of all places, on the very back of her tongue. She was told it was most likely no big deal, however, it would be best to have it removed. She did so after returning from a visit to Bristol England to visit her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Greg. Surgery was scheduled and performed on October 18, 2016. Unfortunately, it was determined a week later that the polyp was indeed cancerous and TJ was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL).
TJ and her husband, Alan, are holding fast to quotes from their doctors - this in "NOT life threatening" and "totally curable" - as well as clinging to the Great Healer Himself. Proverbs 3-5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
We are very positive and know all will be well (after a couple rather lousy months). This site was set up as a central place to post updates for all to view making it easier to inform everyone at one time. TJ and Alan have been blessed with many wonderful friends and family and while we'd love to talk to each one of you one by one it is very difficult. There are only so many hours in the day and right now the extra ones seem to be filling with doctor's appointments, tests and ultimately Chemo. That doesn't mean we don't want calls. Please feel free. Don't be worried about what to say - we're talking about everything - with one exception - we really DON'T want to hear how your brother, sister, mother, daughter, or uncle's brothers daughter-in-laws first cousin had the same thing and all the problems they had. We're upbeat and staying that way. Calls of encouragement are appreciated.
We love each and everyone of you and appreciate the love and support we are always so blessed to receive.